TGA Industry News Briefs


TGA’s Benefits Last All Year

The exhibit floor may be closed, but TGA is in full swing. Your TGA membership is packed with benefits to support your business, increase your profitability, and shine light on your accomplishments. Members, take advantage of a free Member Profile and Travel Goods HUB Profile Page, share your latest press releases for distribution via all of our channels, post classified ads in Travel Goods Magazine, and more. With questions, contact TGA’s Cathy Trecartin at

U.S. Travel Goods Industry Faces More California Prop 65 Notices; TGA Prop 65 Best Practices Guidance

Over the last month, dozens of new California Proposition 65 (Prop 65) “60-day” notices have been issued alleging that brands and retailers sold in California travel bags (Notice 1Notice 2Notice 3Notice 4), crossbody/messenger bags (Notice 1Notice 2Notice 3), totes (Notice 1Notice 2), phone/passport cases/bags (Notice 1), wallets (Notice 1Notice 2), backpacks (Notice 1Notice 2Notice 3Notice 4Notice 5Notice 6), fanny packs (Notice 1Notice 2), cosmetic bags (Notice 1Notice 2Notice 3), and handbags (Notice 1Notice 2Notice 3Notice 4Notice 5Notice 6Notice 7Notice 8) that contained di (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) and diisononyl phthalate (DINP) in violation of a California law known as Proposition 65 (Prop 65). The notices serve as intent to bring lawsuits against companies that made and sold these products. Check out TGA’s member-only California Proposition 65 (Prop 65) Best Practices Guidance on the Prop 65 page on the TGA website. This member-only guidance details best practices in developing your company’s Prop 65 testing and warning label protocol, including recommendations on which warning label text to use, where to place the warning label text, and how to test for Prop 65 listed chemicals in your products. For more information on Prop 65, please contact TGA’s Nate Herman,, 301-775-7633.

How the Return of Key Retailers and Exhibitors Is Saving The Inspired Home Show

The Inspired Home Show 2023 wrapped on March 7 at McCormick Place in Chicago after four highly productive days. After an initial return in 2022, the show demonstrated significant year-over-year increases in both exhibitor and retailer participation. More than 1,600 exhibitors and nearly 30,000 home + housewares professionals from 125 countries came together to discover new products, reconnect with colleagues and advance the industry. READ MORE
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Why Leaders Need to Embrace Decline, According to An Oxford Leadership Expert


How many times have you seen a leader embrace decline within their company with positive and inspirational energy? It’s not a common occurrence. After all, through our traditional view of leadership, only a weak CEO would enter a period of decline in this way. Good leadership is all about growth, strength and power. Isn’t it? READ MORE

Summer Travel Checklist: 11 Things to Do Now to Make Your Trip Great


It might be the middle of March, but there are things you should be doing now to make your summer vacation a hit. Sure, booking your summer trips is an important step, but there are also some housekeeping items to take care of to make sure your summer travel goes off without a hitch. Here’s everything to add to your planning checklist so you can minimize travel headaches when away from home this summer. READ MORE

The Travel Goods HUB

For the first time since the pandemic, the National Travel and Tourism Office (NTTO) released its international visitation forecast. According to the NTTO data, inbound travel is expected to fully recover to pre-pandemic levels in 2025 and reach 91 million international visitations by 2027, which is in line with the government’s recently announced National Travel and Tourism Strategy. READ MORE

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ChatGPT Planned a Family Vacation to Costa Rica. A Travel Adviser Found 3 Glaring Reasons Why AI Won’t Replace Experts Anytime Soon


When Yenyi Fu asked the popular AI chatbot ChatGPT to plan a 10-day vacation in Costa Rica for her family, she was initially blown away by the results. But after showing the chatbot’s itinerary to a local travel adviser, she found it contained several logistical errors and lacked a level of personalization that a family of four typically requires. READ MORE

Has Social Media Killed the Famous Advert?


New ways of advertising on digital platforms like social media sites struggle to create campaigns that capture the national imagination and make brands famous anymore, says industry veteran Sir John Hegarty. READ MORE


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