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TGA Industry News Briefs
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A One-time Gift Is Your Chance to Save


This year’s International Travel Goods Show fell a month later than our usual early March schedule – timing that prevented many long-time Show exhibitors and TGA supporters from participating in this year’s Early Bird discount program. Recognizing this, and in the spirit of fairness, TGA’s Board of Directors just voted to extend the Early Bird discount deadline for The 2018 Show to July 1. If you haven’t signed up for next year's Show, this is your chance. This is the only exhibitor discount program available for The Show, and this is a one-time extension only. Deposits must be received by July 1, 2017. Contact Cathy Hays,, 877-842-1938, x-707 to save now, before this special opportunity is gone.

It’s Official!


The 30-day voting period has ended, and during that time an overwhelming number of members cast their e-votes in support of TGA’s Slate of Nominees for the 2017-2018 TGA Board of Directors. Thanks to everyone who exercised their very important privilege as a member of the Association and voted!

TGA 2017-2018 Board of Directors
Robert Dodson, Ricardo Beverly Hills, Chair
David Lomas, Design Go Ltd., Chair Elect
Jack Holodnicki, Olivet International, Vice Chair
Cliff Ensley, Leisure Merchandising Corp., Treasurer
Lloyd Rabinowitz, Samsonite, Secretary
Scott Kosmin, 24-7 International, Immediate Past Chair
Sue Flaum, Burlington Stores
Andrew Hamilton, Antler USA Ltd.
Nathan Haskell, it luggage
Jerry Kallman, Airline International Luggage
Magi Raible, LifeGear Design

House Chairman Phase-In Proposal Fails to Gain Additional Support for BAT


Last week, House Ways & Means Committee Chairman Kevin Bray (R-TX) proposed phasing-in a border adjustment tax (BAT) over five years, instead of immediately as proposed in the House Republican “A Better Way” tax reform proposal. Brady's phase-in approach has failed to gain new support for the proposal. Instead, it appears opposition to the TGA-opposed BAT proposal continues to grow. Regrettably, ongoing support by key Congressional leaders means the BAT is not yet dead. TGA needs you to contact your members of Congress to oppose the BAT. This link makes it easy for you and your colleagues to send emails opposing the BAT to your Representative and Senators in only a few minutes. Contact your Members of Congress today.

As Travel Industry Awaits Slowdown, Travelers Pack Bags – for Now


The travel industry is voicing a common refrain: President Trump’s travel ban, terror attacks in Europe and a laptop ban represent a recipe for a potential sharp decline in visitors to and from the U.S. “When you hear words like ‘travel ban,’ it puts a big chill” on travel and tourism, James J. Murren, chairman and chief executive of MGM Resorts, said at an industry conference last week in New York. READ MORE


How to Survive Airport Security


The unavoidable proceeding of going through airport security is about as pleasurable as a trip to the dentist’s office, and sometimes takes just as long. There are the techniques that have become ingrained in most travelers: Get that laptop out of your bag before you get to the scanners; throw out that water bottle before an agent tells you to. But the seasoned traveler has some next-level tricks. Here is a list of pointers to help keep you sailing through security as efficiently as possible, and with minimal stress. READ MORE

Marbl Launches a Social Network and Travel Tool for the Millennial Jet Set


Marbl Media wants to be the mobile app that a new, millennial generation of jet setters goes to flip the script on how to share tips and plan trips. Starting with an Instagram platform for content distribution and development, and now with the beta launch of its new app, the Los Angeles-based company is looking to be the first tap for a generation of wanderlusting twenty- and thirty-somethings with no ties but great expectations for travel experiences. READ MORE

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Your New Hires Won’t Succeed Unless You Onboard Them Properly


Companies with successful onboarding programs are not just more likely to retain their new hires but even report measurable profit growth. The first three to six months – when new hires are particularly susceptible to turnover – are most critical. On average, companies lose 17% of their new hires during the first three months, one study found. READ MORE

TSA, American Airlines Test 3D Carry-On Luggage Scanner


A new luggage-scanning technology that increases security and speeds up screening lines may be on the way. A computed tomography scanner, also known as a CT scanner, can not only look through your luggage for bombs or weapons but can create a 3-D image of the contents to allow screeners to rotate the image to every possible angle. READ MORE

This QR Code Backpack Is Next-Level Social Media


One in six consumers currently own and use wearables and the industry is projected to be worth $34 billion by 2020 – so there is a viable market for social backpacks. The concept is interesting – take a picture of someone’s backpack and access any information they want you to see. No more awkward getting to know you questions or fumbling through icebreaker topics. Each backpack owner’s information can be read, watched or listened to instantly. READ MORE