History

Making History for Over 80 Years!

Over the last 80 years, travel has certainly evolved. In the late 1930s, travel goods were mainly comprised of leather trunks and suitcases. In November 2000 the Luggage & Leather Goods Manufacturers of America (LLGMA) officially became the Travel Goods Association (TGA). The name change was a testament to the continually changing, expansive world of products we now use when we travel.

Today’s Travel Goods Show is still the largest exhibition of travel products in the world.

THE TRAVEL GOODS SHOW: WHERE IT ALL STARTED

1938

When the number of luggage and leather goods manufacturers began to significantly increase in the U.S., it became evident that an organization was needed to promote and provide information to the industry. Fourteen men met on February 11, 1938 to sign a charter that resulted in the founding of the Luggage & Leather Goods Manufacturers of America (LLGMA). LLGMA was created after manufacturers who had been members of associations in Chicago and New York determined that they needed to join forces to face national concerns.

1939

Associations News was founded in June 1939 as a way to keep manufacturers informed about industry news.

1947

One of the key functions of LLGMA was sponsoring an industry trade show called the LLGMA Show, which was first held in New York City in the summer of 1947.

1972

In 1972, the Show was moved out of New York and has been held in various locales since, including: Las Vegas, NV; Washington, DC; Miami and Orlando, FL; New Orleans, LA; Dallas and Houston, TX; Anaheim, Los Angeles and San Diego, CA; Chicago, IL; and Phoenix, AZ.

1975

Showcase was founded in 1975 as a quarterly magazine. Showcase, which was originally edited for retailers, later underwent two name changes – to Showcase International and then to Travel Goods Showcase – and became more reflective of the entire industry that it served.

1988

On its 50th anniversary in 1988, the LLGMA Show ranked 106th in size in America. Now known as The Travel Goods Show, it is the largest annual exhibition of travel products in the world.

2000

LLGMA became the Travel Goods Association (TGA) in November 2000, as the organization moved away from representing manufacturers toward a membership and focus that represented the entire travel goods industry.

2017

From Manhattan’s Hotel Pennsylvania in 1947 with 60 exhibitors to the Las Vegas Convention Center in 2017 with 300+ exhibitors, The Travel Goods Show continues to evolve with the industry.

2019

Products aside, the success and longevity of The Travel Goods Show is also thanks in large part to the people who make it happen – those who contribute every day to the organization by attending The Show, working behind the scenes, innovating new products and so much more.

As TGA President Michele Marini Pittenger says, “l fell in love with the industry – the constant evolution of products, but most of all, the people.”

2022

As the organization continues on its path of growth and continual creative evolution, The Travel Goods Show remains the place to launch brands, create buzz for new products, and keep the industry rolling.

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International Housewares Association Welcomes Travel Goods Association to The Inspired Home Show 2023The International Housewares Association (IHA) and the Travel Goods Association (TGA) today announced a collaboration that will bring TGA’s 2023 live event to The Inspired Home Show 2023, March 4-7 in Chicago.The Inspired Home Show will dedicate a new category — Travel Gear + Luggage — to luggage, travel goods and accessory brands manufactured by members of TGA. This area will be located in the Clean + Contain Expo, adjacent to the Discover|Design Expo in the North Building of McCormick Place. This presence will take the place of TGA’s 2023 event, previously scheduled for April 2-3 in Las Vegas.“After nearly three years without a Travel Goods Show, our vendors — and our buyers — are incredibly excited to get back to face-to-face engagements,” said Michele Marini Pittenger, TGA president. “By holding our annual event as part of The Inspired Home Show in 2023, we will be able to engage not only with major travel goods buyers, but also expand our reach into new retailers of every shape and size that the Chicago Show attracts.”“As The Inspired Home Show continues to solidify its position as the premier face-to-face event for the home, expansion into travel goods and accessories is a logical enhancement of our Show floor offering,” said Derek Miller, IHA president and CEO. “Bringing the Travel Goods Association to Chicago enhances the scope of opportunity for our retail attendees by aligning with a category that has long been adjacent to the home department, and in fact continues to fall within the home buying team’s responsibilities across many major retailers.”In addition to TGA’s dedicated area on the Show floor, IHA will add a 15th category to the annual gia Excellence in Product Design Competition for this group. Five finalists for the new Luggage, Travel Goods & Accessories category will be selected and announced in January 2023. The winner will be unveiled during the annual gia Dinner and Awards Gala on Saturday, March 4th in Chicago.All attendees of The Inspired Home Show will have access to Travel Gear + Luggage. Admission to The Inspired Home Show is complimentary in advance of the Show for demonstrated retail buyers from around the world.For more information about The Inspired Home Show 2023, please visit TheInspiredHomeShow.com. Should you have any questions, please contact Cathy Trecartin at cat@travel-goods.org at TGA or Michele Orto at morto@housewares.org at IHA. ... See MoreSee Less
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