Monthly Archives

October

Innovative Travel Gear for Returning to the Office, Hybrid Work and Business Travel

October 12, 2021

As hundreds of thousands of business professionals return to the office and resume work-related travel, they're in the market for products to make their commutes and trips easier than ever. We've hunted down the newest, most creative solutions for workers on-the-go.

Industry Buzz

October 8, 2021

People, product, and company news for the travel goods industry.

September

And Then Along Came COVID…

September 28, 2021

As if launching a product isn’t challenging enough, a global pandemic comes along to further complicate the process. See how five manufacturers overcome an unprecedented situation.

TravelBits

September 21, 2021

Levitating trains, L’Arc de Triomphe wrapped, relax like a Vanderbilt, Western fantasy, Tennessee through EnChroma lenses, the best stargazing, and more.

August

Sustainable Travel for an Interconnected World

August 2, 2021

As the world begins to reopen, eco-friendly, responsible travel is emerging as one of our hottest travel trends.

July

We’re Gearing Up for The 2022 Show

July 7, 2021

Good news for Travel Goods Association members with a look ahead to The 2022 Show and a call for help to President Biden. Read more in this month's blog post from TGA President, Michele Marini Pittenger.

Industry Buzz

July 31, 2021

People, product, and company news for the travel goods industry.

June

Gearing Up Junior Travelers

June 21, 2021

Kids bring unique concerns on the road and “one size fits all” definitely won’t work for their travel gear. See what does.

Pandemic Tanks Economy…and Sales

June 16, 2021

In 2020, the pandemic brought the economy, and travel, to a standstill, bringing the U.S. travel goods industry its worst year in decades, according to a new report released by the Travel Goods Association.

Industry Buzz

June 30, 2021

People, product, and company news for the travel goods industry.

TravelBits

June 16, 2021

Sunshine magic, open-air museum, new Bangkok digs, a living cave, road tripping to Nomadland, hut to hut bike trail, and more.

May

The Humble Backpack

May 12, 2021

These days, regardless of age, sex, hobby, profession, or sartorial flair, one can find a backpack that perfectly blends fashion and functionality.

Industry Buzz

May 31, 2021

People, product, and company news for the travel goods industry.

April

Industry Buzz

April 30, 2021

People, product, and company news for the travel goods industry.

March

Clever Water Bottles and Travel Mugs

March 29, 2021

Self-sufficient commuters and travelers are grabbing a drink on the go – from bottles and travel mugs packed from home. Browse 13 reusable, sustainable designs, including collapsible mugs, built-in water purification, and leak-proof lids and straws.

A Case for Pivoting to an Overlooked Market Segment: The RV Traveler

March 18, 2021

Today, there are 11.2 million RV-owning households in the U.S., according to rvtravel.com. That’s up 62% over 20 years ago. Longtime TGA member and seasoned retailer and product developer Chuck Weisbart thinks we should start paying more attention to the RV set. Here’s why.

TGA Unveils the Travel Goods HUB to Connect Buyers, Manufacturers

March 10, 2021

The HUB, a place for buyers and manufacturers to connect and conduct business, debuts. See why one retailer says TGA hit it out of the park.

Industry Buzz

March 31, 2021

People, product, and company news for the travel goods industry.

TravelBits

March 16, 2021

Coolest road trip, spectacular thermal baths, history of Black music in the U.S., adrenaline-inducing roller coaster, a west Texas gem, and more.

February

Revenge is a Trip Best Served with Bold Travel Gear

February 23, 2021

With the pandemic dramatically redefining how we travel, travelers take their revenge on a year of lockdowns and restrictions.

The Case for Business Transformation

February 23, 2021

As we emerge from the most challenging year in recent memory, businesses will need to hit the ground running. Here's what can be done to return to growth and profitability.

January

Going Viral: Anti-microbial Tech in 2021

January 25, 2021

Meet the anti-microbial gear keeping commuters, gym-goers, and travelers safe. Molded into plastics, woven through fabric or bonded to surfaces, this technology offers long-lasting protection and peace of mind.

Featured in photo above and left: HEX Anti-Microbial Technical Collection and Gruv Gear KarbonZero Mask

Industry Buzz

January 12, 2021

People, product, company news, and milestones for the travel goods industry.

December

The 2021 Show – The Travel Goods HUB

December 16, 2020

Important news from the Travel Goods Association

When Life Gives You a Global Pandemic, Take a Schoolcation

December 17, 2020

Remote learning has created a silver lining for adventure-loving families. Untethered from the brick and mortar school, families are free to travel, study, and work from just about anywhere.

The Best-Kept Tax Secret

December 17, 2020

Whether your travel goods company is experiencing a boom or bust – or something in between – donating excess inventory is one step all businesses can benefit from.

TravelBits

December 22, 2020

Roadside magic, touchless delivery, best wintertime national parks, JetBlue and American’s 1970s-style team-up, road trip weddings, private eats, private islands and more trending getaways.

TGA News Briefs

December 22, 2020

The 2021 Travel Goods Show is scheduled to take place Feb. 28 – March 2, co-locating with ASD Market Week in Las Vegas, whose 45,000 retailer attendees will have access to our show.

November

2020 TGA Holiday Gift Guide

November 9, 2020

The 2020 TGA Holiday Gift Guide is here! Our members have shared their newest travel gear to satisfy every gift recipient on your list this holiday season.

October

Garrett Lai, TGA Communications Editor, dies at 54

October 8, 2020

TGA's longtime contributor and friend, Garrett Lai, passed away at 54 years young. Garrett’s vision, can-do attitude, indispensable creativity and friendly demeanor will be sorely missed by all of us.

September

Editor’s Note

September 17, 2020

People Will  Travel. And We’ll Help Them.

Working Remotely

September 17, 2020

How travel goods manufacturers’ new items are helping people venture forth, safely, and embrace the new remote working landscape.

Future Travel Gear, Today

September 16, 2020

Bags and accessories that are on the way to becoming future travel goods success stories – by solving travel problems today.

Online Outreach in the Age of COVID-19

September 10, 2020

Using social media, Shopify and the ’Net to keep cash registers ticking and stay connected with customers.

TravelBits

September 16, 2020

Roadside magic, touchless delivery, best wintertime national parks, JetBlue and American’s 1970s-style team-up, road trip weddings, private eats, private islands and more trending getaways.

TGA News Briefs

September 4, 2020

The 2021 Travel Goods Show is scheduled to take place Feb. 28 – March 2, co-locating with ASD Market Week in Las Vegas, whose 45,000 retailer attendees will have access to our show.

Industry Buzz

September 3, 2020

People, product, company, and milestones news for the travel goods industry.

July

China Tariffs Affect Economy…and Sales

July 9, 2020

The impact of trade wars and punitive tariffs on the U.S. travel goods market.

COVID-19 and the Travel Goods Business, Part II

July 6, 2020

Part II of our series on how the industry is operating amidst COVID-19: We check in with retailers and manufacturers to discover strategies and best practices that are helping them cope.

June

Editor’s Note

June 3, 2020

The Time is Now

COVID-19 and the Travel Goods Business, Part I

June 29, 2020

What's happening in the industry with COVID-19: Resources, products and reopening best practices from manufacturers and retailers alike.

Industry Buzz

June 4, 2020

People, product, company, and milestones news for the travel goods industry.

May

Show Happenings

May 27, 2020

Upcoming product developments; hot colors; a bumper crop of Tribbles; the rise of silicone; the growth in green; and more in-built organization than ever.

Next in Travel Gear

May 22, 2020

The items and trends that left the biggest, most lasting impressions on retailers as they walked the aisles of the world’s greatest travel products showcase.

TGA Product Awards

May 22, 2020

The very best of what’s new in travel gear: Best Use of Technology; Best New Design – Luggage; Best New Design – Backpack; Best New Design – Accessories; Most Eco-Friendly Product

RETAIL LAB Recap

May 21, 2020

Takeaways from The Show’s RETAIL LABS educational sessions, including emerging consumer trends and new best retail practices; generational marketing; social media strategies for time-strapped retailers; and the importance of BOPUS.

Seen at The Show: Products

May 21, 2020

Standout items from The 2020 Travel Goods Show, including innovative new carry-ons and checked bags; personal sleep cocoons; personal hygiene and health safeguards; travel security items and more.

Seen at The Show: People

May 21, 2020

The personalities, influencers, and folks who make The Travel Goods Show the soul of the industry.

TGA News Briefs

May 19, 2020

The Travel Goods Show is headed back to Las Vegas. Mark your calendars for February 29-March 2, 2021 to attend the world's greatest travel goods showcase. It is your single best source for product info...

TravelBits

May 12, 2020

New cleaning protocols and 72-hour occupation/vacancy buffers; more authentically local experiences; organized crime – on display; 10 great hikes; most-delivered alcohols and more travel news.

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