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CONTENTS AUGUST 2009 | VOL. 34 NO. 3

ON THE COVER
Say bye-bye to boring briefcases. Hadaki by Kalencom's Neoprene 11.1 Netbook Sleeve/Tote hits the spot with a zippered top that opens to a roomy, lined interior, cushioned construction that protects valuable contents, webbing hand straps and outside storage pocket. What's more, it's eco-friendly and AZO free. MSRP $28.

Credits:
Photographer: Kerry Pittenger
Model: Miwa Cogez, Reinhard Agency, Philadelphia, PA
Photographed on location at Distrito, 3945 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA. Special thanks to Adam Baru, general manager and Brian Sirhal, beverage manager.


FEATURES

Onward and Upward [DOWNLOAD PDF FILE]
The Travel Goods Show shakes things up in 2010 and pulls up stakes in 2011. See what's in store when The Show ramps up its presence and performance in Vegas in March and then camps out in Chicago the following year to co-locate with The International Home + Housewares Show — and leads new attendees and media to see the latest, greatest, best and brightest in travel goods.

What's Inside?
Carol Mackay of Bags ‘n Goods in Kelowna, Canada, gets the inside track on trends, travelers, travel goods and travel regulations by becoming a Certified Travel Goods Specialist.

Retailing Basics: Business Cases [DOWNLOAD PDF FILE]
We go "back to school" and back to basics: Anatomy, Selling 101 — even math, as in learning to put the equation — add-ons add up — in action. BY KATHY WITT


Business on the Go [DOWNLOAD PDF FILE]
See the items that have upped the elegance index even while they get down to business. These style setters for go getters have all the right stuff for execs that have all the right moves. BY KATHY WITT | PHOTOGRAPHS BY KERRY PITTENGER

Accessories on the Go [DOWNLOAD PDF FILE]
Chic and smart meets cool and green. The accent is on accessories for business and pleasure that solve problems and make travel fun. BY KATHY WITT

State of Retail: Looking for the Light [DOWNLOAD PDF FILE]
Looking for optimism in all the right places: retailers that get creative; customers that demand value; and manufacturers that supply the goods. We spoke with retailers to see how they’re adapting, adding on, and at-the-ready to handle their customers' needs. BY GARRETT LAI


COLUMNS & DEPARTMENTS

Editor's Note "Positive Change" BY MICHELE MARINI PITTENGER

Travel Bits Solar-powered planes and planes for pets, stargazing pop-up cabins and a Family Vacation Critic™, having a g'day (actually, a whole year) Down Under and other travel tidbits. [DOWNLOAD PDF FILE]

News & Notes More travelers hit the road this summer, giving customers what they really want, two become one, and how business meetings create jobs and boost the economy — not to mention the "Big O." [DOWNLOAD PDF FILE]

TGA News Briefs A new board of directors, a new Show, a new collection launched For The Cure®, a new all-in-one product to prevent jet lag and new buzz about products that debuted at The Show in 2009.

Capital Beat Warning! California Proposition 65 is about to get its hands on your travel goods. BY NATE HERMAN

Industry Events

Classifieds

Industry Buzz People, product, and milestones. [DOWNLOAD PDF FILE]

Ad Index

The End User What a preeminent collector of all things Gone With the Wind and a hard charging CEO can't live without in the world of travel goods.




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