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The Greatest Show on Earth


The Travel Goods Show is underway, at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. Follow the action on social media:

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It’s the biggest debut stage for new travel items – this is the gear that will change the face of travel in 2020, and beyond. And this is the only place to see it all.

Product Innovation Award Winners Revealed at The 2020 Travel Goods Show


The year’s best new travel items made their debut at The Travel Goods Show, the travel goods industry’s annual gathering. After serious deliberation, the Travel Goods Association’s panel of expert retailers selected the following standouts from this year’s crop of new travel products as TGA Product Innovation Award Winners:

  • Best Use of Technology: AeroPress Go Travel Coffee Press – makes Americano, espresso and cold brew coffee in 1-2 minutes, and fits in its own travel cup.
  • Best New Luggage: Rollink Flex 21” – hardside rolling cabin-size suitcase that folds flat, to a slim two inches, for storage.
  • Best New Backpack: Standley Leanbag – kick back with this day-size backpack that converts into a seat with backrest, with retractable aluminum stand and waterproof sit pad.
  • Best New Travel Accessory: Uno Travel Pillow – gel-infused, high-density hydrophilic memory foam pillow with ergonomic shape and near-360º support.
  • Best Eco-friendly Product: Lightload Eco Towel – full-size beach towel, compressed to pocket size and more absorbent than cotton or microfiber, thanks to bio-based lyocell material.


Why Curbing Travel is No Cure-all for the Coronavirus


It’s no doubt tempting, in the face of a scary new virus, to shut borders and halt travel. With cases of the pneumonia-like Covid-19 illness topping 89,000 in dozens of countries, governments and companies are considering or have already implemented travel curbs. Yet the World Health Organization advises against “the application of travel or trade restrictions” as governments try to limit the spread of the disease. READ MORE

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How the Digital World Will Soften the Blow of the Coronavirus


The connected, digital economy – and the many players who enable business within and across the ecosystems that support it – is helping enterprises, workers and consumers continue to interact and do business, even as the virus continues to spread. Even if the way we all do business may be different in the short term – and, quite possibly, the long term. It’s not a perfect solution, but absent the digital economy, things could quite possibly be much worse. READ MORE

How Important are Hashtags to Social Media Marketing?


The modern-day hashtag has come a long way. From its birth name, the octothorpe, to being called the pound symbol used when dialing phone numbers to now being referred to as a hashtag, used to categorize topics on social media, that little symbol has been through a lot. READ MORE

New York Becomes the Latest State to Ban Single-use Plastic Bags


New York became the latest state to ban plastic bags over the weekend in an effort to combat climate change and plastic waste. The effort, CNN reported, went into effect earlier this week but won’t be legally enforced until at least April 1. It also allows stores to charge a 5-cent fee for paper bags. READ MORE

The Scariest Airports to Land at Around the World


For those of us that consider ourselves frequent flyers, some landings and approaches can be scary depending on weather conditions and factors such as crosswinds. However, what about the geographical location and approach to the airport? Here’s a look at the 10 most exhilarating airports to arrive at around the world. READ MORE

Common Travel "Deals" That Aren't Really Worth It


Found a travel deal that just seems too good to be true? It might just be. There are certain travel “deals,” “bundles” and “savings” that really don’t save you all that much money. They’re usually there for travel providers to make a few extra bucks. What are some of the common travel deals that really aren’t worth it? Here are a few worth a closer look. READ MORE