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Season's Greetings


It's the holiday season, the most shopping-filled time of the year – and one of the most travel-heavy months, so it's a busy time for us on multiple fronts. We hope the season brings you prosperity, the company of loved ones, and helps close out your year on a high note. From all of us at the Travel Goods Association, we're glad to have you in the travel goods family, and we wish you the very best of the season.

Show of Strength


With the 24-7 news cycle and the constant barrage of negative news surrounding trade negotiations with China, we want to salute the hundreds of exhibitors and retailers that have signed on for The 2019 Travel Goods Show. Your show of strength and creative thinking is a testament to our industry. And we are determined to match your hard work. That is why The Travel Goods Show is moving forward too. We’re definitely watching our costs and reducing spending where we can, but we also know this isn’t the time to lie quietly and simply let things happen. Like you, we believe this is the time to make things happen – to recruit new exhibitors and attract fresh retailers from new market segments and we’re stepping up our Show marketing efforts accordingly. Companies participating in The Show aren’t just keeping up a pretense of strength; they’re executing a smart strategy, and that is a position of strength at any time, especially now. So we want to give a special shout out to thank you for playing the long game and knowing that fortune favors the bold.

New TGA Proposition 65 (Prop 65) Warning Label Guidance Published


TGA recently issued new California Proposition 65 (Prop 65) Best Practices Guidance. This members-only guidance details best practices in developing your company’s Prop 65 testing and warning label protocol, including recommendations on which warning label text to use, and how to test for Prop 65 listed chemicals in your products. For more information on Prop 65, please go to the Prop 65 page on the TGA website or contact TGA's Nate Herman, 202-853-9351.

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U.S. to Hike China Tariffs on March 2 If Talks Fail


The U.S. officially set the date of its planned tariff increase on Chinese goods to 12:01 a.m. on March 2, 2019 in a Federal Register filing, as it begins trade negotiations with Beijing. U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer has called March 1 a "hard deadline," prodding the Chinese to speed up the talks. READ MORE

Holiday Travel for December 2018: It's Going to Get Busy


A record-breaking 112.5 million Americans will travel during the December holiday season, a 4.4% increase over last year, according to AAA predictions. That's more than one-third of all Americans who will be traveling, and it's the highest number since AAA has been tracking holiday travel. READ MORE

Social Media Marketing for the Holidays


Social media is the perfect place to promote your business during the holidays. People are looking on Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter for gift ideas and great deals. With the right social media marketing strategy, you can boost holiday sales, engage with potential customers and spread holiday cheer. We talked to social media experts about how businesses can use social media to boost sales this holiday season. Here are four tips. READ MORE

How Air Travel Will Change in 2019


With 2019 just weeks away, the new year looks to be full of its own surprises, bringing new elements like biometrics and more bag fees to the travel experience. International trade policies and fuel prices are wild cards that could throw a wrench in it all though – possibly driving up prices and driving down the number of flights. READ MORE

Beyond VR and Tariffs: 4 Trends That Will Reshape Retail in 2019


As retailers have been making last-ditch efforts to get consumers to open their wallets for the holidays, they have also been thinking ahead, to what’s coming in the New Year. Among the many things on their minds are the wild cards that could pose risks to their business. But what are the trends that may have a more lasting impact? Bet on these developments to greet you come 2019. READ MORE


The Traveler 25: A Very Opinionated, Totally Subjective List of Things We Loved About Travel This Year


There were golden moments that made us love to travel in 2018 – the hotel concierges who worked their magic, the airlines with the best free dopp kits – and they deserve some recognition. So we polled our staff, along with our network of professional wanderers – including a wide range of travel industry insiders and hardcore frequent fliers – to weigh in on dozens of travel categories across airlines, hotels, cruises, trains, and more. It birthed the first-ever Traveler 25, a highly subjective, opinionated list of the little things that made the (long) journey more enjoyable. READ MORE