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The Big Show


The 2017 International Travel Goods Show is winding down, and it was the biggest ever – with more than 161,500 square feet of exhibit space showcasing travel products from over 300 exhibitors, including 92 hailing from beyond the United States. If you weren't lucky enough to join in the festivities, including announcement of the Product Innovation Award winners – JetKids (1st place), Smoots (2nd place), XTEND (3rd place) – all first-time exhibitors – you you can follow along on:

Facebook: Travel Goods Association

Twitter: @travelgoodsshow

Instagram: #ITGS2017

And if you did join us in Las Vegas, please travel home safely. And join us next year, February 27-March 1, 2018, right back here in the Las Vegas Convention Center.

More California Proposition 65 Notices Issued


New "60-day" notices have been issued alleging that brands and retailers sold handbags, luggage tags, travel set cases, and bike bags 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.


Samsonite to Acquire eBags


This week it was announced that Samsonite LLC will acquire eBags for $105 million, and the deal is expected to be complete by the end of the second quarter of 2017. READ MORE

Supply Chains and the Trump Roller-Coaster


Managing unpredictability is an intrinsic part of a supply-chain executive’s job. But the first months of Donald Trump’s presidency have added new uncertainty about operations, and raised urgent questions over how companies can prepare for the twists and turns that administration statements have triggered in trade, taxation and investment. READ MORE

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Safe Skies has an agreement with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to manufacture and distribute TSA luggage locks. Airport security has master tools to open, inspect and relock TSA Safe Skies® luggage locks rather than clipping the locks during mandatory checked baggage inspections at U.S. airports, allowing travelers to reuse these special luggage locks. TSA Safe Skies luggage locks are also approved by the Canadian, Australian, Israeli, German, UK and Swiss governments. MORE

The Digital Nomad Life: Combining Work and Travel


On a recent afternoon in Medellín, Colombia, a group of 22 out-of-towners gathered to brainstorm and then met up with locals. They weren’t on vacation. Nor had they met by coincidence. They were participants in a program run by Unsettled, a new start-up that organizes 30-day co-working experiences around the world for creative people, entrepreneurs and other professionals seeking to combine work, travel and redefining themselves. READ MORE

How to Make Your Hotel Room Healthier


Did you know that your hotel room has the potential to make you sick? “Hotel rooms can be a hotbed for germs, and the lighting and poor circulation in some make for an unhealthy environment,” said Deepak Chopra, a doctor who specializes in alternative medicine and an author who is also on the advisory board of Delos, a wellness real estate firm that is focused on creating healthier indoor environments. But no matter where you hang your hat for the night, Dr. Chopra said it was possible to make your stay healthier. Here, he offers his advice on how. READ MORE

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6 Must-Do's for Effective Social Media Marketing


A lot of businesses do social media marketing wrong. They hear everyone screaming, “You must have a social media presence,” but what that entails isn’t always spelled out correctly. Social media marketing should be effective and affordable, and when done correctly, it can help scale businesses of all sizes. READ MORE

What It’s Like to Travel During the Electronics Ban


Flying back from the United Arab Emirates on Sunday, there were only two options: pack my electronics and check my suitcase, or gate-check them before boarding. On March 21, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security prohibited passengers on flights originating in 10 Middle Eastern and North African countries from carrying-on electronics larger than a cellphone. READ MORE