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Enjoying That Post-Show Glow


Thank you for helping make The 2017 International Travel Goods Show a roaring success by being there in person, following along via social media, or monitoring the many media feeds emanating from The Show's exhibit halls. We hope you made it safely home, and are enjoying the post-Show glow of excitement that comes from seeing all the amazing new items that will be appearing on retail shelves and online storefronts in the coming weeks and months. It's going to be a terrific selling season, and we thank you for supporting the travel goods industry and The Show.

We Want to Hear from You! Help Us Improve The Show


Last week’s International Travel Goods Show gathered industry professionals from more than 50 countries together for the world's largest travel goods showcase, debuting and displaying more new products than ever before. We want to keep this positive momentum going into 2018, building an even better Show that fits your needs – and you can help. Please take a few minutes to complete either the attendee or exhibitor Post-Show Survey and tell us what you loved, what you liked and where we can improve your Show experience. We want to make The 2018 International Travel Goods Show, February 27-March 1 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, the biggest and best yet.


Trump Trade Threats Force Export-Dependent Vietnam to Pivot


President Donald Trump’s withdrawal from a Pacific Rim trade deal was viewed as a glancing blow by Vietnam’s Phu Tai Corp., which makes furniture for Wal-Mart outlets. The knockout punch may come if he follows through on threats of protectionism. From a possible border tax to higher tariffs, America’s push to reset trade relations is putting Vietnam’s small economy at risk. READ MORE

Great New Gadgets and Gear for the Traveling Family


More than 160,000 square feet of space (that’s nearly the size of three football fields) of the Las Vegas Convention Center was recently filled with exhibitors at The 2017 International Travel Goods Show. The annual show is when all the new and updated travel goods are introduced to the market. I had the pleasure – and exhausting job – of attending and finding some awesome gadgets and gear for the traveling family. READ MORE


I’m Treating Myself to These Three Standouts at The International Travel Goods Show in Las Vegas


At The International Travel Goods Show, my guiding principle was: Things I Never Knew Existed but Now Can’t Travel Without. Roaming the palatial convention center, I wondered how I had survived so long without a face pillow on an adjustable pole, a doughnut-scented backpack and a luggage tag that sends the hardly subliminal message, “Upgrade me.” With 500 brands on display, I knew that I had to make some tough-love decisions. Though the scouting continues, these three items have already won a place in my heart and, more important, space in my bag home. READ MORE

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Land Ho! Cruise Lines Offer Tours Beyond the Sea


Over the past decade, cruise lines have been offering more opportunities to spend time on land. Now one is starting its own land-only tour company. Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. has just begun a subsidiary,, a global tour operator and the first non-cruise venture for the company. Through the website, travelers can book day trips in 97 countries and nearly 900 cities. READ MORE

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Ten Things Job Seekers Need to Stop Apologizing for


If job seekers knew how desperately hiring managers need their talents, they wouldn't grovel and beg for a job the way so many applicants do! Nearly all of us have been trained to job-hunt in the manner of a supplicant. We go to interviews to please the interviewer, instead of to check out the opportunity and decide whether it suits us. READ MORE

U.S. Airlines Improved Operational Performance in 2016


U.S. commercial airlines improved their performance in 2016, according to the annual Airline Quality Rating report, released Monday. The report measures the industry based upon consumer complaint incidences, mishandled-baggage rates, on-time arrival percentages and the frequency with which travelers weren't allowed on the flight they had booked for reasons beyond their control but within the control of airlines. READ MORE

It’s Time to Rethink the Travel Instagram Aesthetic


Travel photography can be cliché central to start, but when we layer on the flood of the hyper-minimal aesthetic popularized by the likes of Kinfolk or selected travel influencers, it adds insult to injury and appears suddenly tasteless, over-branded and crass. In the current travel environment, to continue to follow the Kinfolk aesthetic blindly in a travel ban world seems suddenly trite, detached, and non-interesting. READ MORE

Air Law Expert in Philly Says United Was Dead Wrong


A lot of people have a fear of flying. For most, until Sunday, that fear didn’t include being battered and dragged down an aircraft’s aisle to open a seat for an airline employee. There’s dumb, there’s Congress dumb, and then there’s airline dumb. United Airlines is flying to new depths. READ MORE

36 Passports with the Best Travel Perks


Nomad Capitalist, an organization that helps wealthy individuals diversify assets with investments worldwide, created an index to rank countries based on the value of their passport. The group’s Nomad Passport Index 2017 is designed to show the true value of a country’s passport – not only by considering where passport holders can travel and how they will likely be perceived, but also by accounting for the places wealthy people can best avoid taxes. READ MORE