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International Travel Goods Show Scams and Unauthorized Solicitations


Beware of International Travel Goods Show solicitations that offer to sell you detailed contact information regarding attendees at The 2018 Show. These solicitations are not unlike those unauthorized attendee list offers and housing scams you may have received in the past, and unfortunately have become all too prevalent in the trade show industry. We advise marking these emails as "spam" since they have not been authorized by the Travel Goods Association (TGA). We have sent emails to the senders demanding that they immediately cease and desist from using the TGA attendee list to communicate with our exhibitors and buyers since the information they are using is either fraudulent or proprietary and confidential to TGA and use without our permission is illegal and in violation of our rights. Additionally, we have stated that should they fail to comply with this demand we will pursue all available legal remedies.

TGA to Testify Against Trump Proposal to Impose 25% Punitive Tariffs on U.S. Travel Goods Imports from China. TGA Members, We Need Your Help!


Tomorrow, TGA will testify at a U.S. government public hearing against President Donald Trump’s proposal to impose 25% punitive tariffs on all U.S. imports of travel goods from China. Many individual TGA members have also directly written to the U.S. government, or are testifying at the hearing, in opposition to the proposed tariffs (Sample 1, Sample 2, Sample 3, Sample 4, Sample 5). These new punitive tariffs have not yet been implemented. You can help to stop these tariffs. Join dozens of other TGA members in telling the Trump administration how these 25% punitive tariffs would hurt your company, and your workers. TGA can help you draft those comments. Public comments are due September 6. Please contact TGA's Nate Herman at 202-853-9351 or if you wish to submit written comments or anecdotes, have questions, or would like additional information.

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Trump's Latest Round of China Tariffs is Coming This Week


The Trump administration is moving forward with more tariffs on Chinese goods while officials from both countries negotiate on trade in Washington. The U.S. will place a 25% tariff on another $16 billion of Chinese goods and China is expected to respond with a 25% tariff on an equal amount of American exports. A total of $50 billion of goods on each side will be taxed. READ MORE

The Best Luggage Brands for Every Budget


There are some objective considerations in recommending the best luggage brands, such as design, warranty, and quality of materials, zippers, wheels, and handles. Beyond that, the best luggage brands should optimize interior space and offer sizes that meet both travelers’ needs and airlines’ requirements. This list includes luggage in various price ranges with an emphasis on durability, style, and function. READ MORE

You’ve Been Buying Travel Insurance All Wrong


Over the last decade, Americans have embraced travel insurance, buying more and more of these plans that cover trip disruptions, delays, and things like missing bags. Now, insurers are stepping up with a wider choice of plans with more flexibility. READ MORE


Target’s CEO Just Signaled the End of the Retail Apocalypse


Analysts say the tide may be turning on the retail apocalypse, which defined 2017 and wiped out thousands of stores. "Today's results from Target serve as confirmation that the American retail sector is enjoying a renaissance," Neil Saunders, managing director of GlobalData Retail, wrote in a note to investors on Wednesday. Saunders added that Target is a good "bellwether" for consumer sentiment as it serves a wide selection of customers across different categories. READ MORE

The 17 Best Carry-on Backpacks for Your Next Trip


When it comes to the perpetual dilemma of carry-on suitcase vs. travel backpack, it all depends on your personal preferences and travel needs. Most backpacks tend to be lighter than standard luggage and smaller, too. And if you’re a fan of rolling through airports, a few travel backpacks come with built-in wheels and a double-locking handle so you can have a suitcase and a backpack all in one. Here are 17 durable and stylish options to take with you on your next flight. READ MORE

Crypto Travel: Blockchain Could Bring Big Changes to the Industry


Most hotels and travel companies have resisted – or in the case of Expedia, backed away from – taking bitcoin, given the volatility of exchange rates for the currency, uncertainty about the legitimacy of the many players entering the immature but fast-growing cryptocurrency marketplace and the still very split opinions about whether this is technological revolution or a financial hoax. READ MORE