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Gearing Up Travelers for the Return of Cruising


By the end of 2021, 80% of the cruise capacity will be back. Pent-up demand has led to surges in cruise bookings for 2022 and 2023. Travelers are ready to return to the seas, and if you have a product that cruise travelers need, we’d love to feature your product in the digital pages of Travel Goods Magazine. If you are a retailer who can weigh in on this topic, we want to hear from you, too. To be considered, please email product details, MSRP, and photo to by Nov. 22, 2021. Click here for more details.

Up-styling and De-stressing Travel for Nearly 40 Years


Upscale designs and fashionably functional, Heritage Travelware’s on-trend sophisticates — Ben Sherman Duffle and Kenneth Cole’s dashing Renegade expandable spinner and chic Sophie laptop backpack – know how to style and serve travelers. Get a sneak peek at the HUB right now and then visit them at The 2022 Travel Goods Show.

Need Examples! White House Requests Samples of Material Hardship Due to #ShippingCrisis


In its ongoing conversations with the White House on the shipping crisis, the White House requested evidence of material hardship for importers due to shipping delays. TGA would like to be as responsive as possible. All responses will be anonymous.

Example: During 2021 YTD, importer X was forced to pay freight costs, fees, and surcharges of $_____________ above what was contracted at the beginning of the year. Importer X also experienced _______ cumulative days of delay, which translated into $______ in lost sales because importer X missed order/delivery deadlines.”

Please also share any other data you think speaks to material hardship — extra costs you have had to incur, impact on payroll, loss of sales or accounts, etc. — that would be helpful. Again, no identifying information will be shared. Please provide examples to TGA’s Nate Herman ASAP.

Congress Approves Infrastructure Bill/White House Takes Action


In the early hours of Nov. 6, Congress approved the bipartisan infrastructure package, which President Biden is expected to sign shortly. In response, on Nov. 9, President Biden announced immediate actions to provide critical funding to address underlying port infrastructure issues contributing to the shipping crisis. While TGA applauds both actions, which are necessary to prevent future shipping crises, neither action does anything to address today’s shipping crisis. TGA will continue to reiterate that to President Biden and Congress and urge them to act now on today’s crisis.

TGA Urges Biden to Address Shipping Crisis by Acting Now to Solve Trucker Shortage


TGA joined almost 100 other organizations in urging President Biden to take immediate steps to address the shipping crisis by implementing common sense solutions to the trucker shortage that is contributing to the crisis.

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Companies to U.S. Shipping Regulator: Enough Probes, Start Enforcing


A U.S. trade group representing companies selling luggage, backpacks and other travel products has written President Joe Biden asking that regulations on shipping and other fees be strictly enforced to help bring down the cost of shipping. The Travel Goods Association, whose companies do some $1 billion in U.S. sales annually, asked for “immediate action — aggressive enforcement, leadership to bring the full gamut (of) stakeholders to the table, provide immediate relief, and more.” READ MORE

AAA Expecting Thanksgiving Travel Near Pre-Pandemic Level


AAA said early this week it is expecting Thanksgiving travel to near pre-pandemic levels as air travel rebounds from the pandemic shutdowns. AAA expects travel to be up 13% from 2020 with 53.4 million people traveling for the holiday. That will put Thanksgiving travel for 2021 within 5% of holiday travel in 2019, before the pandemic began. READ MORE

The Ultimate Guide to Must-Have Luggage for Upcoming Holiday Travel


One of the many industries that has been strongly affected by shortages and shipping delays is the luggage industry. So, if you’re in the market for a new luggage set, don’t hold off on making a purchase. Holiday travel is harrowing enough as it is, and you don’t want to be stuck dragging around battered bags with rickety wheels and broken handles. READ MORE

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Private Jet Travel Surged During the Pandemic. Could You Afford It, Too?


One particular niche has benefited from the airlines’ woes: private aviation. As virus-weary Americans came to see commercial flights as fraught — and as the master-of-the-universe types who used to occupy private jets began doing meetings via Zoom — a neat wrinkle in the market has opened up, at least for people who can afford it. According to the Robb Report, first-time leisure customers increased by 300% in 2020, even as corporate users of private jets decreased by 80%. READ MORE

Using Social Media as an Entry Point to Marketing Attribution


Getting attribution right has plagued marketers for years. When new audience channels emerge, they can provide a starting point for reevaluating what kind of traffic is ultimately feeding its customer journey towards sales. Does the data reveal a pattern in campaign media, with specific assets and channels leading to stronger conversions? Does it also map to how customers want to experience a brand? READ MORE

Leaders: Get Ready for the Boomerang That’s Coming After the Great Resignation


The CEO of SailPoint predicts that after the Great Resignation, there will be a surprisingly large number of former employees — or “boomerangs” — coming back to their previous companies. READ MORE

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Despite Calls to Improve, Air Travel Is Still a Nightmare for Many with Disabilities


Anxiety, dread, humiliation — even potential injury. For many people with disabilities, these are part of the routine of airline travel, from getting to the airport gate to getting on and off the plane. In 2018, Congress demanded that airlines and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) make flying better for people with disabilities — but three years later, NPR has found, passengers report that the same problems keep happening over and over. READ MORE

The 16 Best Travel Gifts for Jetsetters


Traveling these days can be…complicated. Border restrictions, health risks and anxiety turned up to 11 make flying even more stressful than it already was before the pandemic. That means it’s more imperative now to have your travel gear in order. If there was ever a time and place to feel try and feel comfortable, it’s during these trying times and it’s on a plane. These are the goods to get. READ MORE

As U.S. Reopening Approaches, Travelers Take Their Marks


The end of the U.S. ban on international visitors has kicked off a surge in travel both foreign and domestic. Here’s what to expect for the holiday season and beyond. READ MORE

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As Americans Prepare for Long-Anticipated Travel, Transportation Safety on Roadways Is a Significant Concern


Nearly half — or 47% — of U.S. respondents plan to travel for a vacation or trip within the next six months, and more than 3 out of 4 plan to travel by car. At the same time, 53% are concerned about the safety of transportation and roadways when traveling outside their community. READ MORE

How Family Dynamics Play Out at Work


Are you the “workplace parent,” the office “problem child,” or your team’s “golden child”? According to Bowen Theory, emotional systems affect our social relationships — both at home and at work. Host Morra Aarons-Mele speaks with Kathleen Smith, an associate faculty member at the Bowen Center for the Study of the Family, about how family systems theory can help us better understand leadership and relationships with coworkers. READ MORE


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