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It’s Official!

It’s Official!

The 30-day voting period has ended, and during that time an overwhelming number of members cast their e-votes in support of TGA’s Slate of Nominees for the 2017-2018 TGA Board of Directors. Thanks to everyone who exercised their very important privilege as a member of the Association and voted!

TGA 2017-2018 Board of Directors
Officers
Robert Dodson, Ricardo Beverly Hills, Chair
David Lomas, Design Go Ltd., Chair Elect
Jack Holodnicki, Olivet International, Vice Chair
Cliff Ensley, Leisure Merchandising Corp., Treasurer
Lloyd Rabinowitz, Samsonite, Secretary
Scott Kosmin, 24-7 International, Immediate Past Chair
Directors
Sue Flaum, Burlington Stores
Andrew Hamilton, Antler USA Ltd.
Nathan Haskell, it luggage
Jerry Kallman, Airline International Luggage
Magi Raible, LifeGear Design

TGA Urges Sides to Agree to Extension of West Coast Port Labor Contract

TGA Urges Sides to Agree to Extension of West Coast Port Labor Contract

TGA joined 120 organizations in sending a letter applauding the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) for agreeing to early discussions on a contract extension. The letter also applauds PMA (the employers) for proposing a three-year contract extension offer, and urges ILWU members (the longshoremen) to accept the offer when they vote on the proposal later this summer. The current West Coast port labor contract expires July 1, 2019.

Get Boosted, Socially

Get Boosted, Socially

Today’s marketing is all about customer engagement, and means cultivating an online following. If you’re on Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn, TGA can help. Send us your company news and product stories and we’ll help boost your social media presence by broadcasting it on our social network. Contact Kate Ryan, kate@kateryanpr.com, 774-929-5223, and let TGA help elevate your social profile.

More California Prop 65 Notices Issued

More California Proposition 65 Notices Issued

New “60-day” notices have been issued alleging that brands and retailers sold luggage, duffel bags, wallets (Notice 1, Notice 2), and passport cases in California that contained di (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) or Diisononyl 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, 202-853-9351.

Show Exhibitor Discounts End June 1

Show Exhibitor Discounts End June 1

The only exhibitor savings available at The International Travel Goods Show is the Early Bird discount. At just $10/square foot, that’s 56% less than the standard exhibitor rate of $23/square foot. It’s the best deal in travel goods, and it’s almost gone. Deposits and reservations have to be in by June 1 to take advantage of this special rate, so don’t delay – contact Cathy Hays, chaystga@aol.com, 877-842-1938, x-707 and put yourself in front of the world’s most influential travel goods retailers.

You Could Be YouTube Famous

You Could Be YouTube Famous

The highlights video for The 2017 International Travel Goods Show is now online. It’s a 3-minute glimpse of the year’s biggest gathering of travel goods professionals, at the one event that draws all the people and companies that really matter. If you only thought of attending, this is a hint of what you missed. And if you were there, you could very well spot yourself in this video visit to the industry’s premiere event. Have a look, and make plans to join us next year, February 27-March 1, 2018 in Las Vegas. Don’t miss out – two-thirds of our 2018 exhibit hall is already booked, so contact Cathy Hays today if you want in, chaystga@aol.com, 877-842-1938, x-707.

House Republicans Continue to Push BAT that Includes Tax Reform Despite Faltering Support

House Republicans Continue to Push BAT that Includes Tax Reform Despite Faltering Support

On Tuesday, House Ways & Means Committee Chairman Kevin Bray (R-TX) held a hearing to push a border adjustment tax (BAT) as part of their “A Better Way” tax reform proposal. Instead, the hearing raised numerous concerns with the TGA-opposed BAT proposal.

More California Proposition 65 Notices Issued

More California Proposition 65 Notices Issued

New “60-day” notices have been issued alleging that brands and retailers sold book bags, luggage tags, purses, and cooler bags in California that contained di (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) 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, 202-853-9351.

Your Chance for a Smart Choice Ends Soon

Your Chance for a Smart Choice Ends Soon

We hear it year after year: The International Travel Goods Show is the single best marketing spend in travel goods. Exhibiting at The Show is simply smart business. The only way it gets smarter? When you can save up to 56% on exhibit fees to save money, or expand your footprint, with the Early Bird discount program. To get this special offer, deposits and reservations must be received by June 1, 2017. So don’t delay, contact Cathy Hays now, at chaystga@aol.com, 877-842-1938, x-707 and secure your place at the world’s biggest gathering of travel goods retailers.

TGA Urges U.S. Senate to Confirm U.S. Trade Representative

TGA Urges U.S. Senate to Confirm U.S. Trade Representative

On May 8, TGA joined with dozens of other companies and organizations in sending a letter urging the U.S. Senate to confirm Robert Lighthizer as the next U.S. Trade Representative (USTR). In addition to being the lead U.S. government negotiator for trade agreements and other trade issues, the new USTR will make the final decision on whether to make U.S. imports of travel goods from all Generalized System of Preferences (GSP)-eligible countries duty-free.