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June 23, 2016    
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You Asked. We Listened. And How You've Responded!


Exhibitors and retailers alike asked for a later alternative to the original February date for The 2017 International Travel Goods Show. We listened, shifting the Show to April 5-7, 2017 – and your response has been overwhelming. More companies took advantage of the Early Bird Discount than ever before, snapping up a record amount of floor space. The downside: We're in a smaller exhibit hall for 2017, so space is already very limited. If you want to take part in The 2017 Show, this is the time to act; wait much longer and you might miss out. Contact Cathy Hays,, 877-842-1938, x-707, and get in on the world's biggest travel goods showcase.

GSP Travel Goods Decision Expected Soon


TGA has been closely tracking the process to add 28 categories of travel goods to the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program. TGA expects a decision to come before the end of June, and are hopeful that such a designation will add all 28 categories as eligible to be imported duty-free from all GSP countries. TGA is strongly urging the U.S. government to issue its decision effective July 1. We will continue to track this closely and report back as events merit.

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New California Proposition 65 Notices Issued TGA

New "60-day" notices have been issued alleging that brands and retailers sold travel accessories (Notice 1) and other items in California that contained lead, di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate (DEHP), diisononyl phthalate (DINP), Di-isodecyl phthalate (DIDP), and/or di-n-butyl phthalate (DBP) in violation of California’s Prop 65. The notices serve as intent to bring lawsuits against the recipients that sold these products. TGA has included these notices in the TGA Prop 65 "60 Day Notice" running list. TGA will continue to update this list on a regular basis to help catalog the effects of this law on the travel goods industry. For more information on Prop 65, please go to the Prop 65 page on the TGA website or contact TGA's Nate Herman, 202-853-9351. READ MORE

Luggage Made in the USA


When it comes to luggage, we’re all looking for different things, and it often comes down to size, weight, reliability, and price. If you’re looking for luggage or travel gear that is made in the U.S., you might need to do some additional homework. We discovered some brands that make the majority of their luggage in the U.S. – or source certain parts outside the U.S. to create their products. READ MORE

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LGBT Tourism Community Shaken but Not Shattered


The global LGBT traveling community was shaken to its core when a gunman in Orlando shot and killed 49 people at a gay nightclub and injured 53 others. But advocates for LGBT travel said that, if anything, the shooting highlighted how important it is for the community to continue to travel and to interact with other people and cultures throughout the world. READ MORE

When Is Private Jet Travel Worth the Splurge?


Private jet travel is something most travelers fantasize about, with a select few lucky enough to actually experience it. While the high prices may seem like a splurge – Private Fly recently found fliers chartering a long-range jet in this growing market costs about $76,500 on average – are there times when booking a private plane is actually worth it? We asked the experts to find out. READ MORE

Small Businesses Shake Up the Mix at Local Malls


With sales growth at small-business retailers outpacing that of their larger competitors nearly every month over the past four years, landlords are looking more favorably at mom-and-pop tenants than in the past. But the benefits go beyond a potential sales lift. As shopping centers seek to differentiate themselves from neighboring properties – and drum up traffic in an increasingly digital world – adding small businesses to the mix is an easy way for property owners to accomplish both goals. READ MORE

10 Ways to Increase Your Social Media Engagement Like Never Before


It’s probably one of the most frustrating parts of social media marketing: No engagement. You post day in and day out hoping to see the social side of social media start to happen. Sometimes, a like or two will pop up, but most of the time, you hear crickets. It’s disheartening. It’s also costly. Your social media marketing can’t pay off if your audience isn’t getting excited about what you have to say. READ MORE

Is It Ever OK to Quit on the Spot?


For almost all of us, there comes a moment when we are tempted to quit our jobs on the spot. A growing number are actually doing it, many employers say. Some bosses blame young employees who feel frustrated by limited prospects or have little sense of attachment to their workplace. But employment experts say some older workers are quitting without notice as well. READ MORE