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Don't Be Locked Out of the Year's Best Sales Opportunity


Space at The 2017 International Travel Goods Show is on pace to sell out. Don't get locked out. Every significant retailer – national department store chains like Macy's and Kohl's, online giants like eBags and Amazon, regional powerhouses and independent stores from all over the globe – will be there, hunting for 2017's big sellers. Miss out, and you won't be top of mind at ordering time. Promote your brand, at the place where retailers are most receptive to new items and new lines. Act now, and get your 2017 off to a roaring start – contact Cathy Hays,, 877-842-1938, x-707, and stake out your place at The Show, the world's biggest travel goods showcase.

Lost Luggage Less Likely with New Tracking Systems


Do luggage tracking systems work? You bet. Will they keep your checked bag from disappearing the next time you fly? Maybe. True, sophisticated new technologies are being introduced that track your belongings from airport to airport. Travel editor Christopher Elliott covered the newest trends and products in luggage tracking – including products from members of the Travel Goods Association. READ MORE

14 Rolling Backpacks, Duffels, and Weekender Bags that are Surprisingly Sleek


What’s a savvy frequent traveler to do if they want to get around fast and with ease while still feeling stylish? Fear not. There are aesthetically pleasing options out there, and Travel + Leisure did the research for you. Here are 17 wheeled bags (including items from members of the Travel Goods Association) that balance great looks with design that’s durable, sturdy, and above all, easy-to-handle. READ MORE

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Which TSA Will Travelers Get This Holiday Season?


With the busiest travel day of the year approaching the Sunday after Thanksgiving, the Transportation Security Administration says it’s better prepared to handle record numbers of travelers than earlier this year and should make it through Christmas without checkpoint gridlock. READ MORE

U.S. Retail Sales Rose Briskly in October


Americans spent briskly at retailers in recent months, supporting hopes for a strong holiday shopping season and giving the economy momentum. Retail sales – measuring spending at restaurants, clothiers, online stores and other shops – rose 0.8% in October from the prior month, the Commerce Department said Tuesday. Sales grew 1% in September, revised figures showed, up from a previously reported 0.6% increase. Those gains marked the best two-month stretch of sales in at least two years. READ MORE

What Impact Will Trump Have on Tourism?


Last week, after Mr. Trump’s unexpected victory, travel experts and economists were asked to try and read the tea leaves. They offer some early thoughts about how Mr. Trump’s presidency might affect tourism, including foreign travel to the U.S., Americans traveling abroad, access to Cuba, the cost of airfare, and, of course, Trump Hotels. READ MORE

Want to Take a Luxury Trip? Booking Sites Enter the Arena


Third-party travel booking sites such as and are go-tos for travelers in search of wallet-friendly accommodations or deals on packages that include both airfare and a hotel stay. But as sites to book high-end vacations? Not so much – that is, until recently. READ MORE

U.S. Moves to Cut Wait Times for International Arrivals


Could this be another cure for air travel angst? The Department of Homeland Security says it wants to greatly expand its preclearance program that allows some international travelers to dispense with inspection formalities before they fly to the U.S. In fact, in less than seven years, one out of every three arriving passengers could be pre-cleared by Customs and Immigration before they touch down on U.S. soil, officials say. READ MORE