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TGA Industry News Briefs
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Travel Goods Showcase is the most powerful ad vehicle in travel goods, reaching more retail buyers than any other trade publication. And if you act now – right now – you can save 40% off the next three issues, including the upcoming Post-Show Issue. With extensive coverage from The International Travel Goods Show, the rundown on this year's product trends and new items, this is a year-long reference for many buyers – an ad in this issue gets exposure the whole year through. But ad space is closing, and this special rate ends with it. Contact Cathy Hays now to get in on this amazing deal:, 877-842-1938, x-707.

Don’t Be an International Travel Goods Show Victim


It has come to our attention that some unscrupulous individuals and companies are targeting Show attendees with email offering discounted rooms for The 2019 International Travel Goods Show. We, at TGA, have also received email wherein the sender purports to sell this year's Show attendee list with detailed contact info. If you have received any email offering special Las Vegas lodging for 2019 or access to Show attendee contact lists, you should know that these emails have not been authorized by TGA and may not be legitimate. TGA has not engaged a lodging service for 2019, nor does it sell or rent its contact lists, which we consider to be confidential and proprietary. If you have any doubts as to the legitimacy of these emails, we recommend reporting them as spam, which will help block them from your email server and may help others as well. If you are an International Travel Goods Show exhibitor, you may obtain a final – and wholly legitimate – attendee list from TGA free of charge by contacting Cathy Trecartin at, 877-842-1938, x-702.

Best New Products Featured at The International Travel Goods Show


Every year the top travel companies attend the prestigious International Travel Goods Show in Las Vegas to reveal their newest products to retailers and press. Over 300 vendors come ready to promote everything from luggage to the latest trends in travel gear. For three days I walked the massive convention center floor, weaving my way through the aisles of countless booths. After testing and examining hundreds of items, here are my picks for some of the most essential, unique must-haves. READ MORE

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Hotels Hope That Tax Law Will Revive Corporate Meetings


The hotel business has been a good one in recent years, as the economy has gathered strength. But there’s one area that’s been lagging – hosting corporate meeting and conferences. Now, the hotel industry is hoping that lower corporate taxes will finally change that. READ MORE

Finding a Unique Voice in Travel Technology


The increasing and widespread adoption of voice technology is already beginning to establish its place as a major factor in travel. A truly intelligent voice technology platform would enable fluid, human-like conversations. Artificial intelligence (AI) technology would support complex exchanges, detect nuances in speech patterns and tone and remember details from earlier conversations. As these become more widely used, travelers will expect to interact with voice interfaces to automate aspects of travel logistics. READ MORE

Airline Ticket Secrets: How to Get the Most Value


Searching for the cheapest airfare may be the most popular way of deciding on a flight, but secret extras baked right into the ticket may bring extra value to your booking, no matter how much you paid. Follow these three lessons to ensure that you're maximizing the value of a travel booking for more than just the flight alone. READ MORE


Social Media Is Not a Customer Experience Solution


What can brands do to fix the customer experience and prevent customers from going to a competitor? The answer is probably much simpler than you think: Take the intimacy, connectivity and conversational experience from the in-person/offline world and inject it into the digital world. Becoming a conversational brand and communicating through real-time, secure messaging is a major way that brands can win over frustrated customers. READ MORE