2023 Travel Gear + Luggage Expo Recap
Can Zoom meetings and phone calls replicate the energy that in-person trade shows bring to business? Survey says…a resounding “NO!” Following a three-year hiatus, a change of venue and a new collaboration, the 2023 Travel Gear + Luggage expo, presented by the Travel Goods Association, set up shop on the showroom floor. Find out who said what, what went down and why it matters. READ MORERead More
Get in on the Buzz: The Free News Tool You’re Not Using
TGAWe all have them — news or networking sites we check on the regular. Weave TGA’s Industry Buzz page into your media routine and learn about what your fellow members and colleagues, buyers and competitors are working on and buzzing about. Submit your own news to TGA’s Kim Wong, firstname.lastname@example.org, and we’ll post it to our page — for free.
2023 TPG Travel Trends Report
THE POINTS GUYWe’ve all heard that “travel is back” and people are taking trips differently than before. But what does that mean? Our team of experts follows all the changes in the airline, hotel and cruise industries — plus the credit cards and loyalty programs tied to each — and compiled this first-of-its-kind report showing the evolution of travel today. View the full 2023 TPG Travel Trends Report in PDF format here. READ MORE
New Reports Say Business Travel Isn’t Going Back to Normal — Ever
CNBCThe days of high-flying, big-spending business travel may be over for good. As a new report by research company Morning Consult declared: Business travel will never return to normal. Tighter corporate budgets and new ways of virtual working have permanently changed business travel, according to the report, titled “Business, but Not as Usual.” READ MORE
8 Secret Airline Perks You Didn’t Know Existed
TRAVEL + LEISUREThe glory days of aviation might be long behind us, but that doesn’t mean the process needs to be miserable today. Though there’s nothing appealing about flying in a middle seat in economy, there are some airline perks that can improve your flight experience. Of course, some of those are reserved for business-class passengers, but there are many available to all. Here are eight airline perks you might not know about. READ MORE
Inflation Worries Change Americans’ Travel Plans
Inflation-related concerns are causing Americans to change their travel plans, a new survey released this week shows. The survey by Bankrate reveals that Americans taking at least one vacation this year expect to use cost-saving strategies such as traveling fewer days, traveling shorter distances, driving instead of flying or engaging in cheaper activities. READ MORE
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International Travel Volume to the U.S. Rose 93% to Over 4 Million in January
Total inbound international visitation to the U.S. amounted 4.8 million in January, up 93% year over year and about 82% of January 2019’s volume, according to the National Travel and Tourism Office’s latest data. This was the 22nd consecutive month that international visitor volume grew year over year. READ MORE
How Social Media Marketing Has Changed This Year
According to a Statista report from March 2023, there are 308.27 million social media users — 91.9% of the total U.S. population. As such, social media marketing offers brands a huge opportunity to engage with their customers in the channels of their choice. This article will look at the ways that brands are using social media marketing and how it has changed in 2023. READ MORE
The 5 Executive Leadership Skills That Matter Most
Executive leadership skills are in high demand. According to a recent Gartner survey, only 41% of employees believe that senior leaders act in their best interest. And alarmingly, 33% of employees have said they don’t trust their CEO. READ MORE
American Travelers Care Less About Doing It Sustainably
Among the hotels, airlines, cruise ships and group trip operators that offer sustainable features — like solar panels, carbon offsets or electric vehicle charging stations — few marketing teams shy away from making them known. Airlines such as United Airlines and Hawaiian Airlines have pledged to be 100% green by 2050 by reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Southwest offers carbon offsets and bonus Rapid Rewards points as an incentive to buy them. READ MORE
Away Luggage Quiets Talks of Buyout, Shifts Focus to Retail Expansion
In February, Away Luggage toyed with the idea of selling. Now, it’s expanding its physical footprint with its latest store opening in San Jose, CA this week. READ MORE
ZEBOX, An Incubator for Supply Chain Startups, Launches Its Asia Hub in Singapore
ZEBOX, an international accelerator network founded by shipping conglomerate CMA CGM to introduce more tech innovation into the supply chain industry, announced today the launch of its APAC headquarters. Based in Singapore, ZEBOX Asia will also look at markets like Indonesia, Malaysia, Taiwan, Japan and Korea. READ MORE
Online Travel Update: OTAs Regain Majority Share, Hoteliers Need to Act Like Retailers, and TripAdvisor’s Transparency Report
TripAdvisor has released its biennial Review Transparency Report. According to the Report, of the nearly 30 million reviews received by the online review platform, 4% of the reviews were determined to be fake or fraudulent in 2022. READ MORE
Missed last week’s issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.
- I Was a Flight Attendant for 10 Years. Here Are 10 of My Best Travel Tips (INSIDER)
- Behold, the 102 Best Travel Gear Deals We’ve Found at Amazon This Month So Far (TRAVEL + LEISURE)
- How Much Did You Spend on Your Solo Vacation? (THE NEW YORK TIMES)
- NRF Forecasts 2023 Retail Sales to Grow Between 4% and 6% (NRF)
- On Trend and On Brand: Why Harnessing Trends Is the Future of Marketing (SPROUT SOCIAL)
Core Gaming’s New Tactical Backpack is for Gamers Serious About Protecting Their Gear
Travel Sentry Continues its Support of International Literacy
Travel Sentry is once again supporting #InternationalLiteracyDay through Room to Read’s participation in the The Jungfrau, which took place September 11th. The Jungfrau is a unique marathon experience tracking a challenging course alongside the turquoise waters of Lake Brienz and through traditional Swiss mountain villages. Travel Sentry along with Room to Read’s team of runners […]Read More
Travel Sentry is once again supporting #InternationalLiteracyDay through Room to Read’s participation in the The Jungfrau, which took place September 11th. The Jungfrau is a unique marathon experience tracking a challenging course alongside the turquoise waters of Lake Brienz and through traditional Swiss mountain villages. Travel Sentry along with Room to Read’s team of runners are dedicated to raising money to help end illiteracy across the globe and ensure all children have access to quality education.Read Less
Hello, Convenience. Good Riddance, Compromise
HYDAWAY reusable, collapsible water bottles and drink tumblers keep travelers hydrated on the go, on the road and in the air and are committed to reducing plastic pollution. See them at the HUB now, at The 2022 Travel Goods Show later.Read More
Hello, Convenience. Good Riddance, Compromise
HYDAWAY reusable, collapsible water bottles and drink tumblers keep travelers hydrated on the go, on the road and in the air and are committed to reducing plastic pollution. See them at the HUB now, at The 2022 Travel Goods Show later.
Endorsed Bipartisan Legislation Would Prevent the Next Shipping Crisis, TGA Calls for Action Now to End Current Shipping Crisi
On August 10, the TGA-endorsed Ocean Shipping Reform Act of 2021 (OSRA 21) was introduced in Congress. The bipartisan bill would require the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) to establish and enforce rules on minimum service requirements for shippers, respond to contract breaches, and address excessive and unjust detention and demurrage fees. If approved by Congress, the legislation would establish rules that would help prevent the next shipping crisis. However, TGA continues to push President Biden and Congress to act now to end the current #ShippingCrisis and provide much needed relief to the industry. We need you and your colleagues, your employees, your family, everyone, to write President Biden and your members of Congress to urge them to ACT NOW. The customizable letter only takes a few minutes to send.
Supported Bipartisan Infrastructure Package Passes Senate
On August 10, by a vote of 69-30, the Senate approved the TGA-supported bipartisan infrastructure package (#BIF), which will make critical long-term investments in the nation’s port and transportation infrastructure.
Vietnam Vows to Curb COVID in Ho Chi Minh City as Deaths Spike
Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh has signed a resolution calling for urgent measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 in Ho Chi Minh City. The government is now vowing to bring the situation in the southern commercial hub under control before September 15 as the pandemic weighs on foreign investment over fears about the economy. READ MORE
Fashion Retailers Welcome the Rise in Clothing Prices but the Industry’s Recovery Remains Tenuous
Dressing the kids to go back-to-school, not to mention yourself to get back-to-work, will cost more this year. READ MORE
U.S. Business Groups Urge Biden to Restart China Trade Talks
THE NEW YORK TIMES
A group of the most influential American business groups is urging the Biden administration to restart trade talks with China and cut tariffs on Chinese-made goods that had remained in place after the start of the bruising trade war between the two countries. READ MORE
IATA: 2020 Was Aviation’s Worst Year Ever
BUSINESS TRAVELER USA
In the years since the aviation industry started keeping track of such things, 2020 was the worst on record, according to the International Air Transport Association’s latest World Air Transport Statistics report. READ MORE
What Retailers Need to Know to Blowout Back-to-School
It’s been nearly a year-and-a-half since schools closed across the country. While there are still many unknowns when it comes to the pandemic, families are preparing for a return to school that resembles some sense of normalcy. As we know, the start of the school year means one of the busiest times for retailers. READ MORE
Reopened U.S.-Canada Border Creates Long Bottlenecks on Day 1
Long delays were reported at the border on Monday as Canada finally opened to fully vaccinated American tourists for the first time in 16 months, causing a rush of travelers during the busy summer season — and bottlenecks for a desperate tourism industry. READ MORE
Pro Tips: TikTok Shares Advice on How Brands Can Establish a Presence on the Platform, and Generate Results
SOCIAL MEDIA TODAY
TikTok is the platform of the moment, with the short-form video app continuing to lead the app download charts and add users at an unprecedented rate. READ MORE
Go Where You Don’t ‘Belong’
Show up where you don’t belong. Because one day, you will. READ MORE
Europe Reopened to Americans. Why, It Asks, Hasn’t the U.S. Reciprocated?
THE NEW YORK TIMES
He was vaccinated in April, tested negative for the coronavirus and believed he was exempt from travel restrictions. But on a stopover in Amsterdam in late May, Peter Fuchs, 87, was told he could not board his New York-bound flight to attend his great-granddaughter’s christening. The reason: As a European citizen, he was not allowed to enter the United States. READ MORE
Missed last week’s issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.
- Got News? Send It In! (TGA)
- TGA-Supported Infrastructure Package Moves Forward (TGA)
- ‘You Can Pay or You Can Wait’: How Retailers Are Navigating a Shipping Crisis (RETAIL DIVE)
- Company Files Complaint Against Ocean Carriers for Collusion/Price Manipulation/Breach of Contract — Provide TGA Examples to Support Complaint (TGA)
- Trending: Travel’s Latest Buzzwords and Travel Products’ Newest Buzz (TRAVEL GOODS MAGAZINE)
The world is rallying around the COVID-19 response, and so is the travel goods industry. Manufacturers are springing into action to produce personal protective equipment and other items to combat COVID-19 while savvy travel goods retailers have changed their product mix in response to COVID-19 offering an array of items that answer the call for […]Read More
The world is rallying around the COVID-19 response, and so is the travel goods industry. Manufacturers are springing into action to produce personal protective equipment and other items to combat COVID-19 while savvy travel goods retailers have changed their product mix in response to COVID-19 offering an array of items that answer the call for health and hygiene products daily. If you would like to be added to TGA’s resource list, please contact Cathy Trecartin, firstname.lastname@example.org, 877-842-1938, x-702.
A short list of travel goods retailers who are offering PPE and other travel gear in response to COVID-19:
California Luggage, Santa Rosa, CA; 707-528-8600
It’s…In The Bag!, Palm Desert, CA; 760-568-6400
Leather Worlds, Newton Centre, MA; 617-332-5600
The Luggage Shop of Lubbock, Lubbock, TX, 806-794-7711
Traveling Bags, New Berlin, WI; 414-817-0222
Urban Traveler, Roseville, MN; 651-631-0587
Company name: artphere.us and kdmercantile.com
Product name: PPE mask with Micro Forte PPE carrier
Product description: Our non-medical PPE masks are designed and hand tailored in the USA. To aid in prolonged usage, each mask boasts an internal coated nose wire that molds around the nose to prevent fogging glasses and irritation from constant adjustment. A third layer of interfacing is a blown material that holds a negative charge, which adds a substantial layer of protection against airborne pathogens.
The special limited edition hard shell transparent case is made of synthetic leather for easy maintenance. Perfect for carrying your PPE essentials.
MSRP: $24.99 (carrier, with mask while supplies last), $15.99 /(mask)
Available to ship date: June 1, 2020
Contact info: email@example.com or https://kdmercantile.com/product/mask-carrier
This mask carrier is a collaboration with kdmercantile.com and artphere.us. Free mask included with carrier while supplies last.
Company name: AVIATOR USA
Product name: Premium Protective Mask – 3 Pack $25
Product description: Three layers of protection; Made with 48% Cotton, 48% Bamboo and 4% Spandex; Features a slide-in pouch which can hold a disposable N95 filter (not included); One-size fits all; Pre-laundered; Made in the USA.
MSRP: 3 pack $25
Available to ship date: In stock
Contact info: firstname.lastname@example.org; Order online at: aviatorusa.com
Support workers and donate to those in need. In addition to producing these masks for Aviator, our factory has also coordinated with the city of Los Angeles to manufacture and donate masks to local hospitals. These masks are different from the Aviator masks and are specially designed for hospital workers and administrators. They are not available for sale or additional donation, because the city has already allocated our factory’s supply. But your Aviator purchase will still help support this cause and keep our factory working. Together, we can stay safe and healthy!
Company name: Enviro-Point
Product name: Travel Safe Portable Hygiene Kit
Product description: Each Travel Safe Portable Hygiene Kit – measuring 14 x 20 x 2cm – contains two 3-ply disposable face masks, two pairs of gloves, a packet of ten disinfectant wipes and a 100 ml hand sanitiser bottle, all contained in an eye-catching, re-usable travel pouch. More information can be found at this link (pdf file).
MSRP: Introductory price of £7.50 (US$9.50) for pre-orders, otherwise £10.
Available to ship date: Pre-order before June 19
Contact info: Graeme Stewart, email@example.com
The Fall Issue of Travel Goods Showcase is Live!
Media contact: Kate Ryan, firstname.lastname@example.org, 774.929.5223 The Fall Issue of Travel Goods Showcase is live online, and this issue looks a bit different than it did last fall. Dive into just-published features and unpack new product info, industry news, and retail strategies and trends. Click through to learn about: Future Travel Gear, Today – Bags and […]Read More
Media contact: Kate Ryan, email@example.com, 774.929.5223
The Fall Issue of Travel Goods Showcase is live online, and this issue looks a bit different than it did last fall.
Dive into just-published features and unpack new product info, industry news, and retail strategies and trends.
Click through to learn about:
- Future Travel Gear, Today – Bags and accessories on the way to becoming future success stories, by solving travel problems today.
- Online Outreach in the Age of COVID-19 – How social media, Shopify and the Internet can keep cash registers ticking and customers checking in.
- Working Remotely – New items to help people travel safely and increase productivity conducting business from a distance.
- Video: Travel Products That Enhance Life at Home – Just because your travel plans are on hold doesn’t mean you can’t put your gear to the test. Check out these amazing travel products we’ve been using at home to make life easier, more organized and even more comfortable!
And check in with readers’ favorite departments:
- Editor’s Note – Hear from TGA president and Showcase editor-in-chief Michele Marini Pittenger who assures us, “People will travel. And we’ll help them.”
- Industry Buzz – People, Product and Company Happenings
- TGA News Briefs – The Travel Goods Show and TGA News, Capital Beat, Democracy in Action and More
Travel may have slowed down, but the ingenuity of our industry has not. Dive in, read on, and share feedback or any news of your own.
Media contact: Kate Ryan, firstname.lastname@example.org, 774.929.5223
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2021 Travel Goods Show Update
Important News from the Travel Goods Association THE 2021 SHOW – THE TRAVEL GOODS HUB December 16, 2020 During the COVID-19 pandemic our industry lost iconic retailers, suffered lay-offs, and endured personal tragedy. Now, in the last days of 2020, we see light at the end of the tunnel with the news of vaccine approvals […]Read More
Important News from the Travel Goods Association
THE 2021 SHOW – THE TRAVEL GOODS HUB
December 16, 2020
During the COVID-19 pandemic our industry lost iconic retailers, suffered lay-offs, and endured personal tragedy. Now, in the last days of 2020, we see light at the end of the tunnel with the news of vaccine approvals and distribution. For this, we are grateful – and hopeful that our industry will regain its strength over the year to come.
The 2021 Travel Goods Show
Like all first-quarter shows, over the last few months we have been evaluating the wisdom of having our 2021 Show, scheduled for Feb. 28-March 2, 2021 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Our primary concern has always been what’s best for the health and safety of our staff, our exhibitors and our attendees.
We have been advised by the Las Vegas Convention Center that all large first-quarter shows in Las Vegas have or will soon be cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While we briefly considered moving our Show to August 2021, in a survey our industry overwhelmingly responded that they prefer a first-quarter show. With that in mind, please know that while we don’t have dates to share with you at this time, we will come together again in March 2022 when we’re safely on the other side of this crisis.
The Travel Goods HUB
We have eagerly awaited the day that we can share the details of our newest initiative with you, our members. Over the past several months, we have been working hard to develop a lively, engaging online platform which will maintain and enrich industry relationships throughout the calendar year.
In March 2021, TGA will launch the Travel Goods HUB, a new way for retailers to stay informed and manufacturers to introduce new products. All manufacturing members will receive a free HUB marketplace page listing contact and brand info, with content-rich premium options available.
Travel goods retailers, consumers and the media will be able to look up company information, browse 360-degree photos and videos of travel gear, and search keywords, product categories and trademarks, all from the comfort and security of their home or office. And they’ll receive real-time updates whenever travel goods manufacturers introduce new products.
March will not be the same without our in-person gathering of the travel goods industry. But the cancellation of The Show allows us to expand our digital content and continue to develop a robust online presence of travel goods brands 365 days of the year. You can expect to hear much more about the HUB the first week of January.
We know it’s been a challenging year. We wish you a safe and prosperous New Year, filled with benefits of the travel rebound which we all hope lies ahead. We at TGA are grateful for your commitment to our industry. We strive to serve you, strengthen our industry, and unite our member businesses with one another. Please let us know if there are additional ways TGA can help you and your business in 2021.
Michele Marini Pittenger
Travel Goods Association
HUB Basic Profile Form
Travel Goods HUB Basic Profile Form For program questions, please contact Cathy Trecartin at email@example.com or 877-842-1938, x- 702. For technical questions, please contact Kim Wong at firstname.lastname@example.org or 877-842-1938, x- 705.Read More
Travel Goods HUB Basic Profile Form
For program questions, please contact Cathy Trecartin at email@example.com or 877-842-1938, x- 702.
For technical questions, please contact Kim Wong at firstname.lastname@example.org or 877-842-1938, x- 705.Read Less