WINTER 2016 | VOL. 41 NO. 4
THE TRAVEL ISSUE
TRAVEL NEVER LOOKED BETTER
Endless Combinations to Suit Your Style and Needs
The versatile Milestone Tote Bag from MOUFLON brings a little something extra to the table with its padded section, front suede-like pocket and side shoe pocket. In black combo, the tote can be carried by its two handles or its adjustable and detachable shoulder strap; MSRP: $80. The ZRO 28” 4-Wheel Spinner Travel Case, from ZERO HALLIBURTON’s new ZRO Collection, makes the perfect case for road warriors and the occasional vacationer alike. Constructed of scratch- and shock-resistant Makrolon, each case is designed with function and innovation in mind. Handcrafted in the USA from imported materials; MSRP: $635. As cool as its name implies, the HEX Dakota Drifter Duffel wears its water-resistant gray stripe woven exterior with black coated canvas trim accents well. Stow clothing into the roomy main compartment, tuck your iPad Mini into the front padded pocket and sling the bag over your shoulder with its removable strap; MSRP: $99.95.
Credits: Photograph By Kerry Pittenger
The 2017 International Travel Goods Show Preview [thetravelgoodsshow.org]
All the info you need to attend the biggest, most important business event on the industry calendar, April 5-7, 2017.
Pitch the Travel. Sell the Goods. [DOWNLOAD PDF FILE]
Your customers aren’t shoppers – they’re travelers. And putting travel into the product sales story is smart, easy marketing. Here’s a look at different ways to weave travel into your store’s sales pitch. BY GARRETT LAI
Features and Colors Combine in Cases and Collections That Wow [DOWNLOAD PDF FILE]
Brighter colors, bold silhouettes and sleek lines are the norm for today’s vacation luggage, from 4-wheelers to backpacks, totes to carry-ons, this is what’s hot this season. BY KATHY WITT | PHOTOGRAPHY BY KERRY PITTENGER
Travel Accessories [DOWNLOAD PDF FILE]
Easy add-ons that let you charge, sling, slide, store, and bring along all those little things that make leisure travel less stressful and more, well, leisurely. BY KATHY WITT
Leading the Conversation [DOWNLOAD PDF FILE]
How smart manufacturers aren’t just responding to travel trends – they’re helping create them and fuel consumer aspirations with travel-oriented product marketing. BY SARA ECCLESINE
COLUMNS & DEPARTMENTS
“Making Memories” BY MICHELE MARINI PITTENGER
TRAVEL BITS [DOWNLOAD PDF FILE]
Jet Blue launches direct-to-Cuba service; the best historic destinations in the U.S.; airliner guesthouses; a SPAM museum, backpacking pigeons and other destination curiosities.
NEWS & NOTES [DOWNLOAD PDF FILE]
Going up: Air rage incidents and baggage fees. Celebrating milestones: 24-7 International, Numinous, Olympia, and Emporium Leather and Royce Leather. The ascent of Cuba as destination (and possible retail outpost), and more.
TGA NEWS BRIEFS [DOWNLOAD PDF FILE]
TGA membership renewal time; new Association members; good public service by US Luggage, Eagle Creek and Granite Gear; plus trade and government relations updates.
INDUSTRY BUZZ [DOWNLOAD PDF FILE]
People, product, company, and milestones.