The holidays are undeniably the season to reflect on the past and look ahead. Despite the (continued) challenges of 2021, many of us are in a better place than we were last year. Travel has resumed, less people are getting sick, and we’re being reunited with family. We at TGA wish you and yours a peaceful Thanksgiving holiday filled with love and joy, and know that we are grateful for YOU, our members, colleagues, and friends.
Did you know that your TGA membership benefits not only your company, but the travel goods industry as a whole? TGA works every day to provide valuable services and support to our members, and the industry as a whole. Throughout the last year and a half, our advocacy meant a voice in Washington, a presence in the media, and valuable information and discounted services for members. A stronger Association means greater support for our industry. Please renew your TGA membership today. To do so, or with questions, contact TGA’s Membership Director Cathy Trecartin at email@example.com.
Recovery gets underway. Travel rebounds (cautiously). The travel goods industry will reunite — and it’ll feel so good. Time to show your support, add your strength to our numbers and move forward. Get the details in Michele’s November blog. Read it in Travel Goods Magazine.
Shapewear with functional pockets? You’ve got my attention! Pursesuitz Pocketwear tanks are stylish and practical alternatives to fanny packs that store essentials, conceal items and provide support. Check them out at the Travel Goods HUB and meet them in person at The 2022 Travel Goods Show.
TGA joined over 80 organizations in urging the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) to prevent the Ports of Los Angeles/Long Beach from implementing the so-called super demurrage fee on containers stuck at the ports. Every carrier has already stated that they will pass this new fee onto shippers, aka you. On Nov. 22, the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach delayed the super demurrage fee to at least Nov. 29, citing improvements in the removal of longstanding containers off the docks. This is the second delay for the fee, which was supposed to be implemented on Nov. 15.
America’s supply chain crisis isn’t getting much better, despite getting lots of attention and federal funding, Flexport CEO Ryan Petersen tells “Axios on HBO”. READ MORE
U.S. airlines and airports braced for a surge of travelers ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday, hoping the weather forecast remains calm as millions more Americans will hit the roads or skies. The U.S. Transportation Security Administration said Friday was the single busiest air travel day since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020, as it screened 2.24 million travelers. READ MORE
THE POINTS GUY
The WHO sounded a dire warning earlier this month that Europe was back at the pandemic’s epicenter, despite the widespread availability of COVID-19 vaccines and loosening travel restrictions. Unfortunately, the high cases come just as we’re approaching the busy winter holiday travel season. While things in Europe aren’t looking great right now, could it be a sign of another wave to come? Here’s what you need to know. READ MORE
Many product-based companies want to be carried by major retailers, but with so much competition, only a select few ever achieve that goal. Landing your product in a major retail store will take a lot of time and persuasion, and you’ll have to be able to demonstrate why your product is worth a retailer’s shelf space. To help entrepreneurs sell their products to a big retail store, 10 Young Entrepreneur Council members share their best advice. READ MORE
CONDÉ NAST TRAVELER
We talked to gifting experts — from party planners to the stars (who are well-versed in finding the best gifts for people who have everything) to gift bag creators (who put together swag bags for all the top award shows) and artisan market founders — who know just the kind of presents that have mass appeal. Here are 19 of their best holiday gift ideas that will impress your most traveled — and hardest to shop for — pals. READ MORE
SOCIAL MEDIA TODAY
What’s coming for social media marketing in the year ahead? It’s never easy to predict, and the disruption over the past two years has shaken things up even more than usual. But in order to glean insight into where things are likely headed, Hootsuite recently surveyed more than 18,000 people, including a range of platform experts and representatives, to get their thoughts on what’s coming next, and what you should be preparing for in your strategy. READ MORE
THE NEW YORK TIMES
Don’t expect a cornucopia of exciting deals, especially at hotels, which are taking advantage of the post-vaccine travel recovery to make money. Flexibility, though, may yield savings. READ MORE
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- 4 More Countries Have Been Added to the CDC’s ‘Avoid Travel’ List, Including Iceland (THRILLIST)
- The Travel Goods Show + ASD Market Week = Time Wisely Spent (TGA)
- Briefcases Worthy of a Meeting (TGA)
- The 31 Best Holiday Gifts for Frequent Travelers (CNN)
- Turnkey Retail Trends That Will Shape Businesses in 2022 and Beyond (FINANCIAL EXPRESS)