TGA Industry News Briefs


The Travel Goods Show Has a New Home


The International Housewares Association (IHA) and the Travel Goods Association (TGA) announce a collaboration that will bring TGA’s 2023 live event to The Inspired Home Show 2023. Plan to join us March 4-7 at McCormick Place in Chicago as part of Travel Gear + Luggage, the Show’s new and distinctly branded category located in a dedicated section of the Clean + Contain Expo, and adjacent to the Discover/Design Expo, in the North Building. (This presence takes the place of TGA’s 2023 event, previously scheduled for April 2-3 in Las Vegas.) It’s an exciting collaboration that means new opportunities for all. Read the details here. Read TGA President Michele Marini Pittenger’s letter to the industry here.

October Retail Sales Up 1.3% to 8-Month High Heading into Holiday Season


Americans are heading into the holiday shopping season spending more on essentials like food and gas, as well as big-ticket items like cars and discretionary stalwarts such as restaurant meals. Figures from the Commerce Department released earlier this week show October retail sales increased 1.3% from September, after posting less than half-percent moves for the prior three months. This marks the biggest monthly advance since February’s 1.7% gain. Retail sales were up 8.3% versus a year ago, a figure that is largely due to the comparable increase in inflation. READ MORE

120 Best Early Deals on Travel Gear and Accessories You Can Shop Ahead of Black Friday — Up to 60% Off


The most wonderful time of the year is upon us — Cyber Week, that is. If you’re an avid traveler, you’ll be delighted to know that there are tons of markdowns on top-rated travel gear and accessories. So, whether you’re looking to give your gear a refresh before your next trip, or if you’re stuck on what to get the jet setter on your list for the holidays, there are plenty of early Black Friday deals for travelers that will help you. READ MORE

The Best Carry-On Travel Bags, According to Minimal Packers


After a long plane ride with a crying baby and a sneezing seat mate, all you want to do is deplane and get out of the airport. This plan will be delayed, however, if you have to wait in line for your checked bag, then lug it all around to ground transportation. It’s ideal — aspirational even — to take everything you need via carry-on. To make this dream a reality, you have to have a good, compact, all-purpose bag, one that keeps you organized and streamlined while still fitting the essentials. READ MORE

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Could BeReal Be the First Successful Social Media Channel to Grow Without Ad Support?


From Twitter’s hostile takeover to Meta’s disgruntled investors, social media giants are faltering in the eyes of marketers, leaving brand executives unsure of their investments in them and scrambling to find the next social media superstar. Enter BeReal. Over the past few months, the new French-founded, young-demo skewing, photo-sharing social media app has sparked interest from users and brands alike. Chipotle, e.l.f. Cosmetics and Shake Shack have all flocked to the platform to stake their claims while BeReal is still hot. READ MORE

Holiday Gift Guide 2022: The Best Travel Backpacks


The right travel backpack can change everything when going on a trip. Whether it’s used as the only piece of luggage for a short jaunt, as additional storage for a longer vacation, or for quick access to essentials while on the move, a trusty bag with all the bells and whistles can go a long way. Here are eight of the best travel backpacks to buy for your favorite traveler this holiday season. READ MORE

Why U.S. Rail Travel Is So Expensive


Amtrak fares can vary dramatically in the Northeast, home of the most heavily used stretch of track in the railroad’s nationwide network, which also includes stops in Canada. But tickets are often more expensive than plane tickets, despite flight times being much shorter than the typical train ride. Meanwhile, the federally owned and funded Amtrak has not made money in its five-decade history. READ MORE

The Travel Goods HUB

Sizing Up This Year’s Batch of Black Friday Travel Deals


The sales are out there, but they may not be quite so enticing. From hotels to cruises to organized tours, here’s what to expect. READ MORE

30 Items Under $50 That Make the Perfect Christmas or Holiday Gift for Budget Travelers


Any and every globetrotter can benefit from picking up some of these affordable travel items that make traveling just a little bit easier, a little bit less stressful and a lot more fun. Ultimately, you don’t have to spend a fortune on luxury travel goods to travel more comfortably. Here are the top budget travel items under $50 you need to have or gift to the budget traveler in your life this holiday shopping season. READ MORE

Want to Hold onto Elite Status with Your Airline? It’s Going to Cost You


There was a moment at the height of the pandemic when rewards programs were lowering the velvet rope for more than the privileged few. But it’s time to prepare for the “great reset” in elite status. READ MORE

Travel Goods Magazine

NRF Predicts Healthy Holiday Sales as Consumers Navigate Economic Headwinds


Holiday spending is expected to be healthy even with recent inflationary challenges, as the National Retail Federation recently forecast that holiday retail sales during November and December will grow between 6% and 8% over 2021 to between $942.6 billion and $960.4 billion. Last year’s holiday sales grew 13.5% over 2020 and totaled $889.3 billion, shattering previous records. Holiday retail sales have averaged an increase of 4.9% over the past 10 years, with pandemic spending in recent years accounting for considerable gains. READ MORE

What to Gift Your Favorite Traveler, Based on the Destination They Love Most


Destinations, like people, each have their own quirks and personalities. They change and grow through the years, and the experience they offer can sometimes be so elusive it’s hard to describe — one of those you-had-to-be-there feelings. Still, when someone tells you about their favorite destination, it can reveal a lot about their personality. This year, as the holiday season comes around, consider shopping for your friends and family based on the destination they can’t stop talking about (or are dreaming of visiting next). READ MORE


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