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Book before the holidays, avoid the rush

Looking ahead can be difficult with the holiday sales season upon us, but this is the best time to plan for The International Travel Goods Show. The combination of close-of-year housekeeping and the post-holiday respite means late December/early January is one of the busiest times for booking space at The Show. Which means now is the time to act if you want a spot at the biggest gathering of travel goods retailers on the planet. Contact Trade Show VP Cathy Hays at 877-842-1938, x-707, and scoop up a booth before they’re all gone.

Give the gift of travel (gear) for the child on your list [FOXNEWS.COM]

Anyone who has ever traveled by train, plane or automobile with children knows that getting out the door is the hardest part. This holiday season, encourage your littlest travelers to embrace the journey with a gift that will keep on giving every time they hit the road. These new suitcases and travel accessories from members of the Travel Goods Association will encourage tots and teens alike to take ownership of the packing process…and maybe make it easier for mom and dads to pack themselves.

Travel Goods Association Releases State of the U.S. Travel Goods Market 2002-2013: Selling Less for More [FULL STORY]

Travel goods sales fell by volume in 2013, but consumers were willing to pay more for those fewer products, leading to a rise in sales by value, according to a new report released by the Travel Goods Association (TGA). Travel goods are defined as luggage, backpacks, travel/sports bags, business cases/computer bags, handbags, personal leather goods, and luggage locks. TGA estimates that sales of travel goods in 2013 surpassed pre-recession levels, with U.S. consumers spending an estimated $29.5 billion in 2013 on travel goods, a rise of 17.2% from 2012.

TGA's Guide to Carry-On Guidelines [FULL STORY]

When it comes to carry-on regulations, the number one rule is: Check with the airline before every flight.

What To Know Before You Go

Visit http://www.tsa.gov/ for the latest news from theTransportation Security Administration (TSA)



New California Proposition 65 notices

New “60-day” notices have been issued alleging that brands and retailers sold pouches with vinyl/PVC zipper pulls (Notice 1), luggage tags with vinyl/PVC straps (Notice 2) and other products that contained Di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) in violation of a California law known as Proposition 65 (Prop 65). The notices serve as intent to bring a lawsuit against the recipients that sold these products. TGA has included these notices in the TGA Prop 65 “60-Day Notice” running list. TGA will continue to update this list on a regular basis to help catalog the effects of this law on the travel goods industry. For more information on Prop 65, please go to the Prop 65 page on the TGA website or contact TGA's Nate Herman, 703-797-9062.

West Coast ports update

Negotiations for a new contract between the International Longshore & Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) continue amidst tactical slowdowns by ILWU dockworkers in major West Coast ports. The ILWU plans to caucus this week. If the ILWU feels that an acceptable contract offer has been made by the PMA, they may vote to accept a temporary contract extension. If not, it is expected that progress will resume after the holidays. TGA, Congress, ports, and other industry stakeholders continue to put pressure on the White House to influence a swift resolution to these rocky negotiations.

LifeGear Design is proud to announce the launch of their latest Kickstarter campaign: Mobile Pro DEC 2014/PDF FILE [READ PRESS RELEASE]

Eagle Creek Hires Nedra Fabito as VP of Product Management DEC 2014/PDF FILE [READ PRESS RELEASE]

Atlantic® Luggage Introduces the Ultimate in Lightweight Luggage: The Atlantic Ultra® LITE 3 Collection NOV 2014/PDF FILE [READ PRESS RELEASE]

Fafa Concepts’ Travel Accessory Offers Stylish Peace of Mind for Travelers NOV 2014/PDF FILE [READ PRESS RELEASE]

Lippe joins DELSEY Luggage Inc. after 25 years' experience in sales, leading iconic branded consumer products NOV 2014/PDF FILE [READ PRESS RELEASE]

Sea to Summit Unveils Spring 2015 TravellingLight™ Collection — From safety measures to thoughtful design, Sea to Summit has travelers covered NOV 2014/PDF FILE [READ PRESS RELEASE]

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Ergobag [READ PROFILE]

Founded in 2010 in Cologne, Germany, Ergobag's backpacks combine the structure and features of innovative trekking backpacks with everything needed in the perfect school bag. The unique ergonomic design takes weight off the…

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Founded in 2004, Zensah is a leader in travel compression, dedicated to creating compression products for travel and wellness that make the travel experience much more comfortable. Its seamless technology creates flat seams for added…

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