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Attention, Manufacturers: The HUB Is the Place to See and Be Seen


When you claim your space on the HUB, buyers and media can find you. And when you take it a step further and sign up for a Premium Profile? You steal the spotlight. Take center stage. And get your brand blasted to TGA’s thousands of verified buyers and media. Travelers are bursting to travel, and buyers are stocking their shelves. The HUB connects you. Don’t get left out.

Hey, Buyers: It’s Time to Get Into the HUB


This week, in the Travel Goods HUB Spotlight – plushy products that have all the feels – a system of bags and gear that pack together like a puzzle; think Tetris for travelers – and a little something-something we didn’t even know we needed until a global pandemic hit. (P.S. It’s not a facemask.) Pop into the Travel Goods HUB to check out brand-new travel gear – from the comfort of your desk and free of charge.

TGA Urges New U.S. Trade Representative to End Punitive Tariffs on China


On March 18, TGA joined hundreds of other organizations in urging new U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai to end all punitive tariffs on U.S. travel goods imports from China.

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The Latest, Must-Read Features from Travel Goods Magazine


No Travel Required: Get to the HUB
The HUB is the place for buyers to connect with manufacturers, to learn about emerging industry trends, what’s to come and what to watch for to be prepared for travel’s new demands. READ MORE

Do We All Need to Get Into RVs?
Fifty percent or more of the consumers who have adopted the RV lifestyle are brand-new to the experience – but have spent tens of thousands of dollars to adopt this new way of traveling. These are the customers to whom we should aspire to “pivot.” READ MORE

Capital Beat: What Matters for YOU in DC
TGA works daily to advocate for our industry in Washington. Stay abreast of matters that impact you and your business, all summarized in succinct news items. READ MORE

‘Fundamentally at Odds’: China, U.S. Retreat to Their Corners After Alaska Talks


The first showdown is over, and each side came out throwing punches. Now China and the U.S. will huddle with their partners in hopes of building international support to pressure the other on multiple fronts. Senior officials from the two countries held three sessions in Anchorage, Alaska, last week – the first high-level gathering of U.S. and Chinese officials since President Joe Biden took office. The gathering began with bitter exchanges, and ended with somber words. READ MORE

Myanmar Garment Workers Urge Global Brands to Denounce Coup


Tin Tin Wei used to toil 11 hours a day, six days week sewing jackets at a factory in Myanmar. But she hasn’t stitched a single garment since a coup in February. Instead, the 26-year-old union organizer has been protesting in the streets – and trying to bring international pressure to bear on the newly installed junta. Her union, the Federation of Garment Workers in Myanmar, and others have been staging general strikes to protest the coup and are urging major international brands like H&M and Mango, which source some of their products in Myanmar, to denounce the takeover and put more pressure on factories to protect workers from being fired or harassed – or worse, arrested and killed for participating in the protests. READ MORE

Three Steps to Protect Port Workers and America’s Supply Demands


During the past few months, the United States has seen the biggest port backup since the longshore contract dispute of 2014-2015. This time the backup – like most problems these days – can be attributed in part to the COVID-19 pandemic. Outbreaks plus safety restrictions that have been put in place to prevent further spread of the virus – and a number of systemic problems – have created the perfect storm we face today. READ MORE

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Americans Have $1.7 Trillion to Burn in Revenge-spending Binge


Shoppers are out for vengeance. A year into a pandemic that’s devastated lives, jobs and the economy, those who are lucky enough to have disposable income are ready to go out and splurge – even if they still have nowhere to go in that stunning dress or those brand-new sneakers. Some are calling this “revenge spending.” READ MORE

Gartner: Top Trends in Retail for 2021


The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is driving global retailers to fundamentally reassess how they do business. Due in part to its many challenges and threats, 2020 has accelerated digital transformation across the retail industry. According to Gartner’s 2021 CIO survey, nearly two-thirds of retail CIOs said their relationships with their CEOs strengthened in 2020, as CIOs have helped guide their businesses through significant disruption. READ MORE

‘Vaxications,’ Catch-up Trips and Pent-up Demand Fuel Travel Surge


A growing wave of relaxed restrictions, along with an increasing number of vaccinated Americans, is leading to a surge in “vaxications” and other trips, after a year of pandemic-induced lockdowns. READ MORE

Rent Is Cheap, Vacant Space Is Everywhere: Retailers Seize the Moment to Open Stores


For the first time in years, retailers across the country are planning to open more stores than they are closing. From Ulta Beauty and Sephora to Dick’s Sporting Goods, Five Below and TJ Maxx, businesses are rebounding from the COVID-19 pandemic and dusting off expansion plans that were put on hold. READ MORE

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Why Aren’t Social Media Managers More Respected?


In the past couple of years the work that social media professionals are doing has gained much more respect among their marketing colleagues, and in the tech industry more broadly. That’s because business leaders finally realized that social is extremely important to their companies. They can’t afford to neglect it. READ MORE

All Those Things You’ve Hated About Airplane Travel? Gone.


The colossal disruptions of the pandemic have eliminated the most unpleasant elements of flying – a consumer-friendly by-product of COVID-19, if you will. The pumpkin has been turned into a chariot. Like all such chariots, however, it has an expiration date, and some of the irritants, will, over time, return. But if you’ve had your shots or are otherwise comfortable flying, this year may just be your moment to travel. READ MORE

5 Big Signs That Travel Is Roaring Back


Vacation deprivation is about to be replaced by a travel boom, according to Expedia CEO Peter Kern. He told CNN’s Julia Chatterley earlier this week that people are beginning to think about their future travel “very quickly.” Reservations on the travel website for some parts of the U.S. this summer are “all booked up” and he expects Europe will soon follow as the number of vaccinations grow. READ MORE

The Best Carry-on Luggage of 2021: Amazon, Away, ROAM and More


If you’re planning on travel soon or in the near future, you could be looking for carry-on luggage that won’t take up too much space or slow you down on your journeys. To help you find the right carry-on for you in a sea of options, we consulted with experts about what to look for in a carry-on, including the difference between hard-side and soft-side suitcases. READ MORE


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