WINTER 2017 | VOL. 42 NO. 4
THE TRAVEL ISSUE
COASTING WITH CARRY-ONS
Meticulously sized and tricked out for today’s travelers
Ricardo Beverly Hills’ San Marcos 16” Under the Seat Rolling Tote fits perfectly under the seat in front of you while offering organized storage for technology items, MSRP: $280. Antler USA’s hybrid cabin case gives travelers the flexibility to adapt the case to their journey. The removable cover has a zip pocket for an umbrella, a fleece-lined lower pocket for a tablet and a top easy-access pocket for essentials, MSRP: $260. Pacsafe’s Versatile Vibe is a patented 40L anti-theft carry-on backpack designed for 24/7 city living, MSRP: $139.95.
Photographer: Kerry Pittenger
Photographed at California Sea Otter State Game Refuge in Big Sur
Get Up and Go – The 2018 International Travel Goods Show [GO TO THETRAVELGOODSSHOW.ORG]
Everything you need to exhibit, attend, and boost your 2018 business by joining in The 2018 International Travel Goods Show, the most important event on the industry calendar.
Completing the Carry-on: Ask. Show. Sell. [DOWNLOAD PDF FILE]
The carry-on should spark the sales conversation, not be the goal. Ask the right questions, show the right accessories, demystify confusing carry-on rules, and you’ll sell not just a bag, but an entire package. BY GARRETT LAI
Carry On Quickly and Fully Organized [DOWNLOAD PDF FILE]
It’s all about the carry-on – this crop of imaginative cabin-class cases includes duffels, backpacks, colorful totes and other compact configurations that stow in the overhead or under the seat. BY KATHY WITT | PHOTOGRAPHY BY KERRY PITTENGER
Accessories [DOWNLOAD PDF FILE]
Clever accessories to ease your travels, including a personal window shelf for coach-class flyers; a clever RFID-blocking travel wallet; in-flight and everyday organizers; portable power and more. BY KATHY WITT
The Domestication of Adventure Travel [GO TO STORY]
Rugged, adventure-ready gear is hip, and not just for extremists. How everyday gear and travel products are capitalizing on the outdoorsy attitude with glamping and outsidesy marketing. BY SARA ECCLESINE
COLUMNS & DEPARTMENTS
“Changing Times, Keeping Pace” BY MICHELE MARINI PITTENGER
TRAVEL BITS [DOWNLOAD PDF FILE]
Canine concierges – not for dogs, but who are actually dogs; best ski destinations and beaches; Alcatraz in Ireland; best winter spas; curated restaurant reviews and other travel trends and hot topics.
NEWS & NOTES [DOWNLOAD PDF FILE]
Airport passenger satisfaction hits an all-time high; launching the world’s largest cruise ship; augmented reality as a retail tool; DELSEY’s Emmy Awards appearance; the most popular retail chain in the U.S., and more
TGA NEWS BRIEFS [DOWNLOAD PDF FILE]
Why exhibiting at The International Travel Goods Show is smart business; new hope for tax reform; five inspiring member companies give back to their communities; member profiles and other fresh TGA news.
INDUSTRY BUZZ [DOWNLOAD PDF FILE]
People and product news.
TGA Fights to Protect NAFTA’s Cross-Border Mexican Trucking Provisions
On November 14, TGA joined with more than 100 trade associations in sending a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer urging him to maintain NAFTA’s cross-border trucking provisions in any renegotiated agreement. The letter comes in response to reports that the Trump administration was considering new restrictions against Mexican long-haul truckers.
Members of Congress Urge Leaders to Renew GSP As Trump Administration Expresses Support
On October 30, a bipartisan group of 38 members of Congress urged Congressional leaders to quickly renew the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) trade preference program. The letter came shortly after the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) announced new enforcement priorities for the GSP program, launching a review of GSP-eligible country compliance with the investment, labor, intellectual property (IP), and other requirements under the GSP program. The three-year enforcement plan implies the Trump administration’s support for the long-term renewal of the GSP program. Under GSP, U.S. imports of travel goods from the Philippines, Thailand, India, Indonesia, Cambodia, and most other developing counties (except China or Vietnam) enter the U.S. duty-free. TGA fought hard to include travel goods in the GSP program and continues to lobby Congress to renew GSP as soon as possible.
Stack the Deck for Sales Success in 2018 – While You Can
Space at The 2018 International Travel Goods Show is filling up fast with new exhibitors and new products! This is the world’s largest gathering of travel goods retailers, and you need to be present to show off in front of the people who will make your sales year. The Show will sell out, and you don’t want to be locked out. Contact Cathy Hays, firstname.lastname@example.org, 877-842-1938, x-707, to guarantee you’ll be front and center, before the world’s biggest audience of travel goods buyers.
More California Proposition 65 Notices Issued
New “60-day” notices have been issued alleging that brands and retailers sold purses, clear bags, carrying cases, travel jewelry organizers, duffle bags, and cosmetic bags in California that contained di (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP), Di-isodecyl phthalate (DIDP), and/or di-isononyl phthalate (DINP) in violation of a California law known as Proposition 65 (Prop 65). The notices serve as intent to bring lawsuits against the recipients of the notices that sold these products. For more information on Prop 65, please go to the Prop 65 page on the TGA website or contact TGA’s Nate Herman, email@example.com, 202-853-9351.
Reach the Biggest Retail Audience While You Can
The 2018 International Travel Goods Show, space is at a premium. And it’s going fast. The past few years have been sold-out events, and if you don’t want to find yourself locked out of the planet’s biggest travel products showcase, the time to act is now. Meet and connect with the most powerful retail buyers in the world at The Show. Contact Cathy Hays, firstname.lastname@example.org, 877-842-1938, x-707, and book your exhibit space today.
More California Proposition 65 Notices Issued
New “60-day” notices have been issued alleging that brands and retailers sold bags (Notice 1, Notice 2, Notice 3), messenger bags, equipment bags, luggage tags (Notice 1, Notice 2), cosmetic bags, waist packs, clear carry-on travel bags (Notice 1, Notice 2, and Notice 3), reversible bags, wallets (Notice 1, Notice 2), protective cases, and ID Holders in California that contained lead, di (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP), Di-isodecyl phthalate (DIDP), Di-n-butyl phthalate (DBP), and/or di-isononyl phthalate (DINP) in violation of a California law known as Proposition 65 (Prop 65). The notices serve as intent to bring lawsuits against the recipients that sold these products. For more information on Prop 65, please go to the Prop 65 page on the TGA website or contact TGA’s Nate Herman, email@example.com, 202-853-9351.
TGA Helps You Deliver the Goods. For Less
If it feels like you’re spending an arm and a leg on shipping to keep your business going, TGA can help. Save up to 29% on select FedEx small package services, and at least 70% over UPS Freight and other carriers on standard and guaranteed less-than-truckload shipments, with TGA’s Shipping Program through PartnerShip. Get the details here, or contact Member Services Director Cathy Trecartin, firstname.lastname@example.org, 877-842-1938, x-702, for more info.
Want 34x More Positive Response? Book Some Show Time
Face-to-face interactions are 34 times more likely to result in a positive response than email, according to a study published in the March 2017 issue of the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology. And The International Travel Goods Show provides more in-person interaction – with more retail buyers, social media influencers and journalists in attendance – than any other industry event. Contact Cathy Hays email@example.com, 877-842-1938, x-707, and book some face time today.
For a Limited Time: More Bang, Less Buck
This is your chance to advertise in Travel Goods Showcase, the industry’s award-winning trade magazine, and get double your money’s worth. For a very limited time, book a full-page ad placement for the normal half-page ad price. That’s right – half-page pricing nets you a full page in front of the largest audience of travel goods professionals. But you have to act fast: Space must be reserved by August 7, 2017, and materials are due August 14, 2017. Contact Cathy Trecartin, firstname.lastname@example.org, 877-842-1938, x-702.