Consumer Day Postponed
TGA’s Board of Directors voted this week to postpone the launch of Consumer Day at The Travel Goods Show.
Most industry members were open to the idea, but a change of this magnitude was a source of uncertainty for some exhibitors and attendees. “The industry climate is in flux for a variety of reasons, including increased China tariffs and the global situation in general,” said TGA President Michele Marini Pittenger. “With these developments, it’s no longer an appropriate time to introduce such a big new variable to The Show.”
Since Consumer Day was decided upon, China tariffs were announced and implemented. The ensuing political brinksmanship ballooned the initial 18 tariffed items to a list of more than 10,000. A further 10% tariff was announced in September, escalating to 25% January 1 – perilously near our March Show date – creating a wait-and-see economic mood in many industries, ours included.
Hosting a Consumer Day aligns The Show with a growing trend of greater transparency and consumer engagement in industries and trade shows of all sorts. “In the face of recent developments in the world economy, the Board elected to postpone Consumer Day. We’ll continue exploring Consumer Day and other Show improvements, but will implement them at the appropriate time,” said Show Committee Chair David Lomas.