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TGA Industry News Briefs
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Acting Earlier Is Better


Want a better exhibit space for 2019? Or a 33% discount for next year? Get both, with the Early Bird Discount for next year's International Travel Goods Show. Act now, book booth space at the low rate of just $10/square foot, and have your pick for booth location – this is a first deposit, first reserve situation, so get in early while the getting is good. If you were a first-timer this year, you should know Show exhibitors consistently report stronger response the second year, before really breaking through the third year – travel goods retailers like to see that kind of consistency and industry commitment. So it pays to come back, and you'll save by acting now. Contact Cathy Hays now for details,, 877-842-1938, x-707.

Getting Better Depends on You


The 2018 International Travel Goods Show just ended, but planning the 2019 edition has already begun. We want it to be a better experience for everyone, and you can help. Please take five minutes to fill out the Post-Show Survey, which helps guide us as we proceed with The 2019 Show. And please, feel free to contact any TGA staffer directly with suggestions or criticism, or get in touch with Member Services Director Cathy Trecartin,, 877-842-1938, x-702. With your help, we'll build an even stronger 2019 Show – which will be good for us all. Thank you for your help.

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Airline Tickets, a Scooter – The Big Winners of 2018 Are…


2018 marks the Travel Goods Association’s 80th birthday – and we’re celebrating in style. To commemorate the milestone anniversary, we raffled off a 2018 Honda Metropolitan Scooter (valued at $2500) to buyers attending The International Travel Goods Show. The lucky winner of the scooter is Tiffany Williams of Luggage Shop of Lubbock (Lubbock, TX). Susan Taylor and Barbara Tolliver, owners of The Traveler Inc. in Bainbridge Island, WA, are the winners of The 2018 International Travel Goods Show Travel Photo contest. The prize? Roundtrip tickets to The 2018 Show in Las Vegas with a value up to $500. Congratulations, Tiffany, Susan and Barbara!

TGA Urges Congressional Action on MTB


On March 9, TGA joined more than 200 other associations and companies in urging Congress to quickly approve the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB). The MTB would temporarily reduce or eliminate duties on U.S. imports of hundreds of inputs and products, including over a dozen travel goods items.

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Trump Demands Aides Pump Up Anti-China Tariffs


President Donald Trump is getting ready to crack down on China. Trump told Cabinet secretaries and top advisers during a meeting at the White House last week that he wanted to soon hit China with steep tariffs and investment restrictions in response to allegations of intellectual property theft, according to three people familiar with the internal discussions. READ MORE

Dockworkers to Resume Contract Talks with East, Gulf Coast Ports


Labor negotiations are back on between employers and unionized dockworkers at East Coast and Gulf Coast ports, which face a September deadline to reach a new contract agreement. The talks are being rekindled after pressure from shippers and businesses whose supply chains face disruption if port operations should slow or shut down during the fall peak shipping season. READ MORE


How Travel Brands Can Adopt a Consumer-First Approach


Consumer travel preferences are changing, with travelers seeking out better experiences that are more exciting, dynamic and personalized for them. In fact, enabled by a more connected lifestyle, consumers don’t just want what they want when they want it – they expect it. So, as a brand, how can you deliver on this? READ MORE

Why Airfare Could Get Even Cheaper This Spring


In 2017, airlines set a passenger record, and this year looks set to break the record again. That's good news for passengers looking for a deal, as the growth has been fueled by increased competition. As more passengers head up into the skies, airfares have continued to come down: Domestic airfares were more than 40% less in 2017 compared to 1980, according to Airlines for America. READ MORE

Facebook Unveils Trip Consideration for Travel Advertisers


Alysia Kezerian, founder of the Instagram account Wheelies Around the World, and Traveler contributor Julia Buckley, whose memoir Heal Me: In Search of a Cure comes out in the U.S. later this year, discuss the challenges of traveling the world with two different disabilities – one visible to a bystander, the other not. Over the course of 50 minutes, the pair share their personal stories and explain what it means for them to get from A to B. READ MORE

The Travel Ecosystem: An Industry on the Go


Whether you’re booking a flight, shopping for hotel rooms, or combing aggregator sites for a pop-up deal on a family vacation or adventure trip, chances are good that your query or transaction was processed by Amadeus, a provider of information technology that keeps the global travel industry moving. READ MORE

Women in Hospitality Management: The Gender Gap Is Wide


Globally, the lack of women in top hospitality management roles has lagged not only that of the rest of the travel industry but much of the business world, save for maybe Wall Street and Silicon Valley. It's an issue that many hospitality companies still don't like to talk about, but it's clearly on their minds. READ MORE