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May

2023 Is Our Year

The last three years have been ones of challenges and costs to our industry. But now it’s opportunity’s turn – and our time to take ownership and move forward together.

People Gotta Travel, Manufacturers Gotta Create

All those daydreams about travel? They’re about to come true as people put their plans in motion. Luckily, travel goods manufacturers have got our backs with items in the “just what we need” category.

April

Travel Gear for Four-Legged Friends

Approximately 23 million Americans have gotten a dog or cat during the COVID-19 pandemic. With more flexible schedules and opportunities to work remotely, many pet owners will be venturing out for long vacations or day trips with their best friends.

Industry Buzz

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

March

Products Equip Travelers for Pandemic-Shaped Travels

Yes, we’d like to tell COVID where to go, but it continues to be an integral part of the travel conversation. See how it has shaped how and where we travel — and the travel goods that equip us to deal.

TravelBits

A sunset celebration in Key West, a new species of giant tortoise discovered, all-fun inclusive at Playa del Carmen, best shelling on the east coast of North Carolina, overnight in a flying saucer-shaped home, and more.

Industry Buzz

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

February

4 Trends to Support Travel Based Retailers

As retail continues to evolve amidst a challenging and competitive landscape, more and more merchants are looking for additional ways to increase revenue opportunities. Among them includes introducing affiliate programs into their strategic marketing efforts.

Industry Buzz

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

January

Industry Buzz

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

December

The New Travel Essentials

Holiday travel is setting pandemic records, fueled by the need to see family, the ability to work remotely, and the desire for bucket-list adventures. See the new accessory categories — health and safety, comfort, electronics, and pleasure — supporting travelers as they venture back into the world.

Industry Buzz

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

TravelBits

18th-century chateau, book now and pay your trip off over time, open-air geothermal pool in Cornwall, weekend ganja retreats, ruins of a 3,000-year-old under water castle, ramped up the amenities for guests’ canine companions, and more.

November

With a New Travel Landscape Comes New Opportunities

There’s no denying the pandemic fueled many changes and challenges to the travel goods industry – but this means new and different opportunities for all of us. Attending The 2022 Show is the best way to reconnect with the industry and strengthen and build existing and new relationships.

Affiliate Marketing for Retailers

As retail continues to evolve amidst a challenging and competitive landscape, more and more merchants are looking for additional ways to increase revenue opportunities. Among them includes introducing affiliate programs into their strategic marketing efforts.

Industry Buzz

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

October

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

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

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

September

And Then Along Came COVID…

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.

Industry Buzz

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

TravelBits

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

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

Industry Buzz

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

July

We’re Gearing Up for The 2022 Show

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

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

May

The Humble Backpack

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

Industry Buzz

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

January

Going Viral: Anti-microbial Tech in 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

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

February

Revenge is a Trip Best Served with Bold Travel Gear

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

The Case for Business Transformation

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.

March

Clever Water Bottles and Travel Mugs

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

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

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

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

TravelBits

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

April

Industry Buzz

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

June

Gearing Up Junior Travelers

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

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

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

TravelBits

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

Winter

The 2021 Show – The Travel Goods HUB

Important news from the Travel Goods Association

When Life Gives You a Global Pandemic, Take a Schoolcation

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

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

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

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.

Summer

Editor’s Note

The Time is Now

China Tariffs Affect Economy…and Sales

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

COVID-19 and the Travel Goods Business, Part II

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.

COVID-19 and the Travel Goods Business, Part I

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

Show Happenings

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

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

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

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

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

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

Industry Buzz

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

TGA News Briefs

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

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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