They say everyone's a critic – this is your chance to be one! The 71st International Travel Goods Show closed less than a week ago, and we would love your impressions, comments and criticisms while they're still fresh and top of mind. Please take five minutes to complete the Post-Show Survey you received on Monday, or contact Member Services Director Cathy Trecartin, email@example.com; 877-842-1938, x-702. You can also contact any Show staff member directly with your impressions, wish lists and critiques – good or bad. You are the reason The Show exists, and we need your input to ensure its relevance and usefulness to your business, in 2019 and beyond.
If you missed this year's International Travel Goods Show, we'd love to hear why, and whether there's anything we can do that would encourage you to visit in 2019. Interacting at The Show is a valuable part of the vendor/retailer relationship – we hear how beneficial it is to bond in person, from both sides, and would love to have you reap these benefits for yourself. Please share your opinion – whether it's a matter of timing, location, budget, perceived value, etc. – with Member Services Director Cathy Trecartin, firstname.lastname@example.org, 877-842-1938, x-702.
TGA joined more than 100 other federal and state trade associations urging port management and labor to resume talks and conclude a new contract before the current East Coast port labor contract expires September 30, 2018.
At The 2018 International Travel Goods Show in Las Vegas, hundreds of manufacturers from around the globe showed off their latest wares, creating a sort of gizmo, widget and luggage Nirvana. Here are a few of my favorites, which travelers may find useful, beautifying and just plain fun. READ MORE
The EU has drawn up a target list of 100 U.S. goods worth €2.8B (or $3.5B), the BBC understands. The list, which also includes cosmetics, agricultural and industrial goods, was circulated to the 28 EU member governments on Monday. EU commissioners are expected to discuss the proposals later this week. READ MORE
It’s no secret that great design can unlock revolutionary business opportunities, and the Brainstorm Design conference in Singapore kicked off Tuesday with a panel including thought leaders, who asked big questions about what design has to offer modern businesses: What’s driving all this corporate interest in design? And what does it mean for corporate leaders? READ MORE
Top retail technology trends for the year to come include next-generation customer engagement, flexible checkouts and reimagined use of artificial intelligence. Read more to learn about what else customers can expect to see in 2018. READ MORE
Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Customs and Border Protection work together to stem the influx of counterfeit goods into the U.S., though the latter needs to better track its efforts and open new ways to work with the private sector, the Government Accountability Office warned in a new report. READ MORE
When it comes to choosing an airline, there's a lot of criteria to consider: Do you prioritize low airfare or punctuality? Cabin comfort or frequent flier programs? Specialist air travel website The Points Guy (TPG) has reviewed all these factors to compile its 2018 Best Airlines in America Report. Here’s who comes out on top in the U.S. READ MORE
Facebook has announced its ad platform will now offer an optimization option called Trip Consideration, which will target users who are in the early stages of considering a trip. The option rolls out as another addition to the options for travel advertisers, who also benefited from the launch of Dynamic Travel Ads in October of last year. READ MORE
You’ve got a few hours before you can check into your vacation rental, or before you leave for your flight, and you want to do some sightseeing – but that means slogging along crowded sidewalks with your (undoubtedly overstuffed) luggage in tow. Or does it? READ MORE
Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.
- New Travel Gadgets for the Busy Road Warrior (CNBC)
- New TGA Member Tool: Proposition 65 Warning Label Guidance (TGA)
- Virgin Atlantic's Airport 'Bedroom' Is Epic – And It Costs $1 a Night (TRAVEL + LEISURE)
- A New Kind of Customer: What’s Driving Retail Evolution (NATIONAL RETAIL FEDERATION)
- 3 Simple Secrets to Transform Your Travel (INC.)
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