Editor’s Note

The Time is Now

China Tariffs Affect Economy…and Sales

The impact of trade wars and punitive tariffs on the U.S. travel goods market.

COVID-19 and the Travel Goods Business, Part II

Part II of our series on how the industry is operating amidst COVID-19: We check in with retailers and manufacturers to discover strategies and best practices that are helping them cope.

COVID-19 and the Travel Goods Business, Part I

What's happening in the industry with COVID-19: Resources, products and reopening best practices from manufacturers and retailers alike.

Show Happenings

Upcoming product developments; hot colors; a bumper crop of Tribbles; the rise of silicone; the growth in green; and more in-built organization than ever.

Next in Travel Gear

The items and trends that left the biggest, most lasting impressions on retailers as they walked the aisles of the world’s greatest travel products showcase.

TGA Product Awards

The very best of what’s new in travel gear: Best Use of Technology; Best New Design – Luggage; Best New Design – Backpack; Best New Design – Accessories; Most Eco-Friendly Product


Takeaways from The Show’s RETAIL LABS educational sessions, including emerging consumer trends and new best retail practices; generational marketing; social media strategies for time-strapped retailers; and the importance of BOPUS.

Seen at The Show: Products

Standout items from The 2020 Travel Goods Show, including innovative new carry-ons and checked bags; personal sleep cocoons; personal hygiene and health safeguards; travel security items and more.

Seen at The Show: People

The personalities, influencers, and folks who make The Travel Goods Show the soul of the industry.

TGA News Briefs

The Travel Goods Show is headed back to Las Vegas. Mark your calendars for February 29-March 2, 2021 to attend the world's greatest travel goods showcase. It is your single best source for product info...


New cleaning protocols and 72-hour occupation/vacancy buffers; more authentically local experiences; organized crime – on display; 10 great hikes; most-delivered alcohols and more travel news.


Credits Illustrator: Amber Day

Spring 2020 | VOL. 45 NO. 1

The Travel Goods Show
March 4-5, 2020
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
New Orleans, LA

Editor’s Note

Mindful Engagement

Reinvention The New 2020 Travel Goods Show

You’ve probably heard by now that The Travel Goods Show is headed to New Orleans March 4-5, 2020, but the new host city is just the beginning. The 2020 Travel Goods Show is going to be a landmark event, with some of the biggest changes wrought in Show history. Read on for a taste of what’s to come, and what it means for the industry – retailers and manufacturers alike – as we build a new Show, one positioned to be a stable force for growth in the times ahead, adapted to the current reality of how business is done.

TGA News Briefs

PR opportunities for TGA members; new names and brands coming on board; the best learning opportunities at The Travel Goods Show and Randa’s philanthropic activities, plus more.


Credits Photographer: Kerry Pittenger Model: Brett Schratz

2019 | VOL. 44 NO. 3

Travel gear for today’s on-the-go work environment

Casual yet stylish, Moshi’s ultra-lightweight Carta Compact Messenger Bag is an ideal everyday work bag with clean lines and custom hardware. Deceptively roomy, it holds a laptop up to 13” in a fully padded compartment as well as essentials like smartphone, portable battery and headphones in interior pockets. A metro card, keys and coins can be stashed in the exterior zipper pocket. Other features include an RFID Shield pocket, easy-to-clean lining and weather-resistant exterior. MSRP: $159.95

Marketing to Millennial Business Travelers

Next year, Millennials will make up 50% of the workforce. And they travel. A lot. These are the products – and sales techniques – that reach this growing demographic segment.

Business Ready

Today’s business travelers want the case they carry to seamlessly supporttheir on-the-go work environment.


The best of television travel; getting Finnful in Scandinavia; ocean-going apartments; the nation’s most popular museum; best bike cities and more travel news.


Tops with the Shops

What are the biggest trends, cleverest accessories, and most outstanding luggage collections, according to our retailers? This year at The Show the theme was options – and creativity. From the popularity of trunk-style luggage to the minimalist packing products inspired by budget airlines, read on for our shops’ top picks for best travel gear of 2019. While manufacturers develop, suppliers forecast and journalists report, buyers always have the last word.

Looking Forward

Product Trends from The 2019 Travel Goods Show


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