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TGA's State of the Market Report: 2010 is "Year of Recovery"
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It's official: The travel goods industry is recovering. TGA's just-released State of the Travel Goods Market Report 2000-2010 shows consumer travel goods spending of $18.5 billion in 2010, up 6.6% from 2009. Some of the biggest gains: Value of luggage sold in 2010 grew 22.9%, travel/sports bag purchases grew 11.1% in dollars, and business cases and computer bags grew 42.6% in price. See the full five-page report at the TGA website here. More

Skinny Never Looked So Good!

STM Bags (www.stmbags.com), released a sleek new fitted case for the iPad 2. Instant on/off front cover and hard shell protective back protects the shiny new device from scratches and external abuse. A quick flip of the cover, the skinny props the iPad 2 up for typing or viewing modes.
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Advertising special: Two for one
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Travel Goods Showcase is the most-referenced trade magazine in travel goods which makes it the smartest advertising buy you can make. But, for a limited time, it's even smarter than ever. Buy a 1-time classified ad in Travel Goods Showcase and you'll also receive a 2-3 month run for that same ad on the TGA website. That's more than twice the exposure at no extra cost. Like all good things, this isn't going to last. So, take advantage today — contact Cathy Hays, cathy@travel-goods.org, 877-842-1938 x-707.

Product safety — 36 more California Proposition 65 notices issued, new record set only five months into 2011
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Thirty-six new "60-day" notices were filed last week alleging that brands and retailers sold handbags, purses, clutches and tote bags (Notice 1; Notice 2; Notice 3; Notice 4; Notice 5; Notice 6; Notice 7), belts (Notice 1; Notice 2; Notice 3), fashion accessories (Notice 1; Notice 2; Notice 3; Notice 4; Notice 5), wallets (Notice 1), luggage tags (Notice 1; Notice 2; Notice 3; Notice 4), cosmetic and toiletries cases (Notice 1; Notice 2; Notice 3; Notice 4; Notice 5; Notice 6; Notice 7; Notice 8), footwear (Notice 1; Notice 2; Notice 3; Notice 4; Notice 5), clothing (Notice 1; Notice 2) and jewelry (Notice 1), in California that contained phthalates, lead and cadmium in violation of California Proposition 65 (Prop 65). The 36 new notices brings this year's total to 241 cases involving apparel, footwear, travel goods and other fashion-related accessories, exceeding last year's record total (208), only five full months into the year. TGA has included these notices, along with every other travel goods and other fashion-related notice for the past three years, in the TGA Prop 65 "60 Day Notice" running list. TGA will continue to update this list on a regular basis. For more information on Prop 65, please go to the Prop 65 page on the TGA website or contact TGA's Nate Herman at 703-797-9062. More

Rest Well With "Releaf"

The lightweight and compact Releaf Neck Rest with moisture wicking material allows for easy travel as compared to a bulky neck pillow, while offering greater all-around support for your head. Unlike a U-shaped pillow that allows your head to flop forward, the Releaf is ergonomically designed to hold your head and neck in an upright and comfortable position.

Available in Black, Black & Jade, and Granite & Black.
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ITC releases IPR report on China
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The U.S. International Trade Commission on May 18 released its second report on intellectual property rights and indigenous innovation policies in China. According to the study, U.S. companies reported losing sales, profits, royalties, and brand reputations due to IPR infringement in China. Travel goods continue to top the list of the most counterfeited goods confiscated at America's ports. More

Product watch: Toothpaste tablets for the carry-on crowd
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So an offbeat new product — Archtek toothpaste tablets — caught the eye of the editors of Travel Goods Showcase at the recent travel goods exhibition in Chicago. It's the official publication of the Travel Goods Association. There were about 90 new products on display in the New Products Pavillion, the publication says, about 50% more than last year. That says the travel industry is getting healthier, and manufacturers have confidence that folks on-the-go are ready to buy. More

Lightbank-backed Gtrot wants to socialize travel planning on Facebook
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Gtrot, a service that leverages Facebook to help people make traveling decisions, is announcing a new round of funding from Lightbank. The company is declining to reveal the exact size of the round but says it is under $1 million. Founded by Harvard students Brittany Laughlin and Zachary Smith, Gtrot helps users source travel plans, deals, tips, and recommendations from other friends via their social graph. For example, if you are visiting Paris and need travel advice, you can use Gtrot's Facebook app or site to see which of your friends have been or live there, so you can reach out to them to get personalized advice and recommendations. More

AAA projects increased travel over Memorial Day weekend
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According to a AAA survey of travelers plans, the average distance traveled by Americans during the Memorial Day holiday weekend is expected to be 792 miles, a 27% increase over last year's average travel distance of 626 miles. Air travel is expected to gain an even larger share of overall travel, and result in a significant increase in the average travel distance compared to a year ago. The average amount spent is expected to be $692, a decrease of 14% from last year's $809. More

New rules promise legal Cuba travel for many
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The forbidden fruit of American travel is once again within reach. New rules issued by the Obama administration will allow Americans wide access to communist-led Cuba, already a mecca for tourists from other nations. Within months or even weeks, thousands of people from Seattle to Sarasota could be shaking their hips in tropical nightclubs and sampling the famous stogies, without having to sneak in through a third country and risk the Treasury Department's wrath. More

Visa launches travel-themed campaign
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Visa is launching a travel-themed integrated marketing campaign promoting itself as the preferred way for consumers to pay for travel. Social media engagement continues to play a significant role in San Francisco-based Visa's ongoing U.S. marketing efforts. The campaign gives travelers a new tool to share their experiences through a Facebook application, Memory Mapper, which uses Google Maps satellite technology and a person's own photos, videos and captions to chronicle a visual story of their travels for a unique keepsake to share with friends and family. More

The only way to get important things done
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Most everyone feels pulled in more directions than ever, expected to work longer hours, and asked to get more done, often with fewer resources. But a handful of people are getting things done, including the important stuff, and somehow still managing to have a life. What have they figured out that the rest of their colleagues have not? More

How Jack Dorsey's Square is accidentally disrupting the entire payments industry
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Square's new payment system is going to have a profound effect on how people pay for stuff in the real world — perhaps as profound as the iTunes store has had on the distribution and sale of digital media. And in the process, it will likely upend the entire payments industry. The interesting thing, though, is that it turns out founder Jack Dorsey never really planned this. His initial goals were much more modest: Help people who were cut out of the mainstream payments business accept credit cards. More

Small business sales and marketing magic
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Despite all you may have heard, sales and marketing success is not magic. Instead, it's based on a series of techniques just like any other used in running your business, techniques that must be mastered in order to find success. While larger companies can simply hire sales and marketing professionals, the small business owner must often wear this hat too along with supervising the core product or service being marketed or sold. Here some techniques to help you work your own magic with sales and marketing today. More
 
 
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