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The 2017 International Travel Goods Show is your key to sales success – more brand-new travel accessories, cases, bags, wallets, purses, comfort and security items will debut here than any other event in 2017. And you need to be present to spot these best sellers in time to stock up and be ready for the consumer selling season. Visit the official Show website,, or register here to attend the biggest gathering of travel goods professionals on the planet, taking place April 5-7, 2017 in Las Vegas, NV.

Retail and Apparel Industries Take Wait-And-See Approach to Trump’s Talk of Tariffs


Throughout the campaign season, President-elect Donald Trump was a frequent critic of U.S. trade policy, pledging that he would rip up the North American Free Trade Agreement and slap high tariffs on goods coming to this country from China and Mexico. But his statements were not especially specific, fueling a fair amount of uncertainty for the retail industry, which relies heavily on imported goods to fill store shelves. READ MORE

Consumer Reports: Buying the Best Luggage


Consumer Reports surveyed 65,000 readers and combed their satisfaction scores with research to help make shopping for your next piece of luggage an open-and-shut case! TGA assisted the Consumer Reports team with the feature in the December issue. Pick up a copy this month to see the full story. READ MORE

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12 Forecasts for the Retail Industry in 2017


Welcome to Vend’s 2017 Retail Trends and Predictions report. Just like the 2016 edition, this year’s forecasts will highlight the trends and issues (including personalization, in-store experiences, and developments in payments technology) that we think will have major impacts on the retail industry over the coming 12 months. READ MORE

Hostel Business Wants to Make a Push Back Into New York


Pouring rain one day last week didn’t stop a dozen or so European and American hostel owners and executives from taking a four-hour bus tour through the industrial neighborhoods of Long Island City in Queens. Intent on reviving and expanding New York’s atrophied hostel business – which they say could enhance the city’s appeal to youthful tourists – the visitors were sizing up thousands of square feet of commercial space and warehouses. READ MORE

Will Doors Close on Travel to Cuba?


As U.S. airlines ramp up the number of daily flights to Cuba and consumer demand to visit the once off-limits island balloons, some tourists and travel industry insiders fear that the next administration in the White House could slam the door on the newly-opened Cuban travel market. READ MORE

This Is What Next Year Will Be Like for the U.S. Hotel Industry


In 2016, the global hotel industry contended with plenty of changes. Throughout it all, one perennial question from everyone in the hotel industry was: “Where are we in the cycle?” Here’s our prediction: We’re still going to be asking that well into 2017, too. It’s safe to say that next year will continue to be a year of changes, big and small, for the hotel industry. Just how much change we’ll see next year has yet to be determined, but here’s a look at what industry analysts are predicting for the U.S. lodging business. READ MORE

Good Bosses Switch Between Two Leadership Styles


Think back to the last team project you participated in at work. How did the person running the project lead the group? Did they lead by presenting a plan and using their authority to insist that others follow along? Or did the person instead lead by explaining why a particular course of action seemed like the best one, allowing others to willfully get on board? READ MORE

Skipping Your Vacation Is Ruining Your Career. Here's Why.


What’s the major difference between work life in America and other developed countries? Vacation. Based on company culture surveys of over 10,000 employees, workplace culture and salary data site Comparably reported that most employees in tech have around 15 to 30 days of paid time off. But according to Project Time Off, 55% of workers in 2015 did not use their full complement of vacation or sick days. READ MORE