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And the Winners Are...


Cliff Ensley, Founder and Chairman of the Board of Leisure Merchandising Corp., is the recipient of this year's TGA Award, the industry's ultimate recognition of professional achievement. The TGA Award is given to an individual who has made significant contributions to the travel goods industry, the Travel Goods Association and the community.

The Travel Goods Association Awards Committee will also present Pacsafe with the 2017 Community Service Award. The winners of the first-, second- and third-place 2017 Product Innovation Awards will be revealed at the Awards Ceremony during The International Travel Goods Show.

All award recipients will be honored at the Awards Ceremony, which will take place immediately after The Show closes on Thursday, April 6 at 5:30 p.m. in Room N261 of the Las Vegas Convention Center. Room N261 is at the top of the escalator outside of the North Hall 4 entrance.

Come cheer and be inspired by the industry’s most dynamic, accomplished personalities, and help recognize the people, companies and products that are making an impact on travel goods and changing the way the world travels.

Help (and Work) When You Need It


TGA's Classifieds are the industry's Craigslist. Whether you're a rep looking for new lines, a vendor needing a sales force, a manufacturer desiring marketing help, or any combination of Jobs Wanted/Employees Needed, TGA classifieds are your connection to the industry's talent pool. Connect now, with the vendors, brands, and the services you need to succeed.

More California Proposition 65 Notices Issued


New “60-day” notices have been issued alleging that brands and retailers sold luggage, vinyl/PVC travel bags, wallets, luggage tags, clutch purses with plastic exteriors, and ID/passport holders in California that contained di (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) in violation of a California law known as Proposition 65 (Prop 65). The notices serve as intent to bring lawsuits against the recipients that sold these products. 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.

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Tax Refunds Are Coming in Slowly and Retailers May Be Feeling It


U.S. shoppers spent more cautiously in February despite the mild weather, possibly because of the slower pace of tax refunds. Retail sales increased 0.1%, matching economists’ estimates. A measure of core sales – which excludes the volatile sectors of autos, gasoline, food services and building materials – rose 0.1%, below economists' 0.2% forecast. READ MORE

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The Dos and Don’ts of Reaching Millennials via Social Media


Today’s marketers have countless options when it comes to social media. Some platforms peak in popularity and then quickly disappear. This makes it difficult to determine which channels to invest time and budget in. For digital marketers specifically targeting millennials, this adds an extra challenge. Millennials are always looking for the “next big thing.” By the time marketers decipher which platform millennials are currently using, they’ve moved on. READ MORE

7 Tricky Frequently Asked Travel Questions Answered


Is there really a best day of the week to book airfare? What about time of day? If you have a little flexibility in your travel plans, you can usually snag a pretty good deal. Here are some commonly asked travel questions that can be a little tricky, even for the most seasoned of travelers. READ MORE

How to Combine a Business Trip with a Vacation


Combining a work trip with a vacation – often called “bleisure” – can be a win-win situation, said Kendra Thornton, the president of the Chicago travel agency Royal Travel & Tours and an expert on planning such trips. “You’re already at your destination, and your employer has likely picked up the tab to get you there,” she said. “So why not tack on a few days for fun?” She offers the following advice on how to mix business and leisure into one successful getaway. READ MORE

Salary Negotiation Tips from FBI Negotiator Chris Voss


Would you like to learn how to talk anyone into anything? Whether trying to convince your boss to give you a raise, or bargaining with suppliers, partners, and investors, all of us are negotiating, every single day. But what if your negotiation skills were a matter of life and death? READ MORE

Traveling with Adult Children


There is nothing like traveling with your adult children to make you feel dazzled and impressed that they are truly all grown up, competent citizens of the world. And there is nothing like traveling with your adult children to remind you that they are still your children and sometimes you need to take care of them. READ MORE

13 Travel Instagrammers to Get You Through This Unending Winter


While Winter Storm Stella might not have been the mondo blizzard the Northeast was anticipating, it’s still generally cold, gross, and not spring outside. To get you through these last few weeks of winter, we’ve rounded up a dozen or so of our favorite travel bloggers – from Mexico to Morocco – who are living, if not their best lives, lives that are likely warmer and sandier than yours. READ MORE