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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 email@example.com or call 877-842-1938, x-707.
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.
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
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
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'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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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