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TGA Industry News Briefs
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Give Us Two Minutes for One Bright Future


TGA needs your help as we plan for The 2020 International Travel Goods Show and beyond. The Show is for you – and your input is invaluable and greatly appreciated. With just two minutes to answer, you'll help inform our decision-making as we plan for the future of The Show and our industry. Please respond to the survey, and help us build a better, stronger Show.

A New Shape. A Better Show.


The 2019 International Travel Goods Show is on the move – a few dozen yards, to be exact – in a geographic shift that will be better for everyone. The 2019 Show is relocating to the Las Vegas Convention Center's Central Hall, a big step up from this year's long, narrow South Hall. The new Show footprint will be more rectangular, with a more centralized Show space for exhibitors that will improve booth traffic and permit more serendipitous discovery by Show attendees. And the new hall will create shorter aisles that will be much easier to walk. We'll also be expanding on this year's Launch Pods concept, bringing new blood to the industry in the form of fresh names and ideas. It's all part of the new Show, as we continue to move forward and upward. Have questions about The Show? Please contact Cathy Hays at or call 877-842-1938, x-707.

TGA Urges No Tariffs on U.S. Imports of Travel Goods


As President Trump flip-flopped this week on the possible imposition of punitive tariffs on U.S. imports from China, TGA joined letters urging against tariffs and highlighting the importance of global value chains to the 100,000 Americans employed in the U.S. travel goods industry. Trump has proposed imposing 25% tariffs on $150 billion worth of U.S. imports from China in retaliation for China stealing U.S. intellectual property. China supplied 84% of all travel goods sold in the U.S. in 2017.

Trump Calls for New "Structure" for U.S.-China Trade Deal


Yesterday President Donald Trump signaled a new direction in U.S.-China trade talks and said any deal would need “a different structure,” fueling uncertainty over current negotiations and sending U.S. stocks lower. In an early morning post on Twitter, Trump said the current track appeared “too hard to get done” and cited difficulties such as verification, but he gave no other details about what he or his administration was looking for amid ongoing negotiations. READ MORE

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Study Finds Augmented Reality More Useful in Operations Than Sales for Retailers


New research shows that more retailers will be utilizing augmented reality (AR), but not in the way originally predicted. According to ABI Research, while AR will most likely struggle to become popular among customers in brick-and-mortar stores, it can be extremely useful for online customers who are unable to physically interact with the products they want to purchase. READ MORE

Summer Vacation 2018: How to Stretch Your Dollar on an Overseas Getaway


Don’t put away your passport and rule out that dream vacation in Europe just yet. The U.S. dollar, which tumbled about 10% last year, is in rebound mode. And a stronger greenback means Americans traveling abroad this summer will pay a little less for things like visiting museums, booking hotels and ordering local culinary specialties. READ MORE

When and Where You Should Travel by Train Domestically


When's the last time you've heard somebody say they're going to travel by train in the U.S.? These days, traveling by train seems like something you only see in other countries. Although planes and automobiles are the two most common travel methods, it can still make sense to travel by train domestically with these routes. READ MORE

22% of Shoppers Use a Retailer’s Mobile App Because of Discounts


Consumers love mobile apps: In fact, there were 175 billion downloads globally in 2017 – a 60% growth from 2015. In addition, consumer spending has more than doubled, exceeding $86 billion, while time spent in apps increased by 30%, with each user spending nearly 1.5 months in apps per year. READ MORE


How to Hire a Quality Private Tour Guide


For many travelers, hiring a private tour guide is a luxury. But with an informed approach, it’s an expense that’s often worth the cost. Once you’ve decided to hire one, how do you find the best one for you? Here are some tips. READ MORE

Are You Spending Too Much Marketing Your Travel Brand?


It's hard to be heard in travel and for many that means spending more and more to try and reach the customer. However, innovative brands in the industry are doing things their way and not only reaching the customer for less but getting them to come back, too! READ MORE

Take a Look at Pantone's Top Four Colors of Travel for 2018


Pantone‘s 2018 Colors of Travel study has identified the trending colors used in inspirational travel photos all across social media, especially outdoor adventure and lifestyle images boasting high engagement from top travel influencers. In partnership with Visit Carlsbad and HireInfluence, the study shows that this year’s trending Colors of Travel are “Island Paradise,” “Salmon,” “Eden” and “Brandied Melon.” READ MORE

If You're the Smartest Person in the Room, You're Probably Not a Good Leader


As a leader, the minute you take the position of knowing everything, you put a lid on the creativity of the entire team. The agenda should instead be to get everyone involved in pushing the entire team to go higher and deeper. When you place value on other people, they then aspire to be even more valuable – to bring fresh perspective to the table and to benefit your company. READ MORE

For Smart Luggage, the End is Nigh


Disruptive technologies can take a while to take root (seriously, how did it take so long for someone to put wheels on a bag?), but when they emerge, they really can change travel forever. “Smart luggage” – that is, a bag that can charge your phone, tell you where it is at all times, or even weigh itself – is quickly proving to not be one of those technologies. READ MORE