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The Travel Goods Show is selling, FAST!
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Exhibit space for The 2012 Travel Goods Show is going fast — so fast, it's selling at a pace that will outstrip last year's record sellout. More than 114 companies have made deposits on booths, totaling almost 87,000 square feet of exhibit space. At this time last year, 55 companies had signed up to occupy 50,470 square feet. Last year, The Show sold out earlier than ever, which means now's the time to act if you want a good spot on the floor of the world's largest travel goods show. Download the exhibitor application or contact Cathy Hays,, 877-842-1938, x-707 and book your space now, while there's still space to book! More

HADAKI Sayonara Bag

Say “good bye” to boring with this carry-all; perfect for trips across town or around the world. The bag’s lightweight design keeps arms from falling off and multiple features keep this bag functional. Plenty of pockets keep things organized, while the wide opening makes everything easily accessible.

Save on credit card fees with TGA
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In this economic climate, every little bit helps. If you're a TGA member, we can help a lot, with programs like our new credit card processing arrangement with Capital Payments. Capital Payments is offering TGA members a 69% discount on swiped transactions (with $.20 charge per swiped transaction), and a 19% discount for keyed transactions (with $.25 charge per keyed transaction). Want to know exactly how much you stand to save? Contact Capital Payments for a free expert rate analysis that will spell out just how much you'll save with this TGA member program. Simply call Yasir Haq, TGA's dedicated payments consultant, at 800-675-6573, x-1.

Congress passes amendment to the CPSIA
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Both the U.S. House of Representatives, by a vote of 421-2, and the U.S. Senate, by unanimous consent, approved H.R. 2715, "A bill to provide the Consumer Product Safety Commission with greater authority and discretion in enforcing the consumer product safety laws." When President Barack Obama signs the bill into law, the legislation will address some of the more noncontroversial burdens posed by the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, making the upcoming drop down of the lead limit from 300 ppm to 100 ppm on Aug. 14 prospective instead of retroactive. This makes all products manufactured before Aug. 14 exempt from the new 100 ppm standard while still requiring them to meet the current 300 ppm standard. While the bill did not go further in making reforms that would benefit the travel goods industry, TGA applauds Congress for granting the CPSC "greater authority and discretion." TGA will continue to work with the CPSC to use this newly granted flexibility to address the many unintended and burdensome consequences of the CPSIA, particularly where the CPSC previously had been unable to do so because of statutory constraints.

Skinny Never Looked So Good!

STM Bags (, 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.

EPA opens public comment period on BPA testing
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a notice July 26 requesting comments on requiring toxicity testing to determine the potential for Bisphenol A — commonly known as BPA — to cause adverse effects, including endocrine-related symptoms, in environmental organisms at low concentrations. This request for comment is directed only toward the environmental presence and effects of BPA, which is used as a plasticizer. Comments are due by Sept. 26. Many believe EPA's efforts are the first steps toward restricting or banning the use of BPA.

The Faithful Shopper: Time to travel
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It may be August (already?) but there's still time to sneak in that summer vacation. The key to a truly relaxing trip, though, is making sure you're properly equipped before you leave, with the right luggage, the right information and the right tools. More

Dare To Be Different?

Introducing Barracuda®, high performance fabric that delivers a distinctive combination of beauty and strength, transforming your luggage into a style that Dares to be Different! MORE

Study shows U.S. travelers pressed for time, eager to relax
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The latest snapshot of U.S. travelers reveals them to be a stressed-out bunch who remain sensitive to price and continue to suffer from a syndrome known as "time poverty." That could prove to be a challenge for the tourism industry, but there's good news as well: The number of people who say they are planning a leisure trip is rising. More

First time in 3 years: Majority of Americans plan to take vacation
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Americans are more confident they'll be able to vacation this year compared to previous years, according to a new Ipsos Public Affairs poll conducted on behalf of Mondial Assistance USA. For the first time in three years, more than half say they plan to book leisure travel. More

7 ways to promote your business online for free
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Before the Internet, small businesses had few ways to market their products cheaply, through methods like printing fliers or sponsoring small, local events. Now there are all kinds of opportunities out there on the Web — you just need to know where to look. 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.

2011 consumer trends: Taking a fresh approach
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Throughout 2011, Travel Weekly has been tracking research from several sources that look at behaviors connected to consumer travel habits and expectations. Editors have winnowed down the number of research projects to focus on studies that provide the most credible look at the most important travel indicators. Together, these reports paint a remarkable portrait of the U.S. traveler in 2011. More

Business travelers love their gadgets
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Road warriors are becoming more reliant on their high-tech gadgets to do their jobs better and to stay in touch with the home front. More

Leadership lessons from the debt deal fiasco
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What's happening in Washington is a perfect opportunity to learn the most important rule about leadership: Leaders listen first — and listen for a solution that takes everyone's concerns into account. Only then do they speak. More

BugZip Travel Protectors for Bedbugs

Luggage encasements are specially designed to resist bed bugs. Encase your clothing, bags and belongings while traveling to reduce the likelihood of bringing bed bugs home or from place to place. Comes in four sizes and features a three-sided bug resistant zipper for easy access to contents.

New law to force airlines to reimburse passengers for lost luggage
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Between higher fees and frequent delays, most airline passengers will tell you flying isn't what it used to be. Changes are coming as new laws take effect in August to protect consumers, but some people question whether they will be enough. More

Airlines fight higher fees
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U.S. airlines are fighting the prospect of sharply higher passenger security fees that could be part of any government deficit reduction plan. The approach is among a handful involving aviation that have swirled around the ever-changing efforts by Congress and the White House to avert a debt default. More

How iteration-itis kills good ideas
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When one company's executives complained to Scott Anthony that their employees were failing to offer ideas with "magic," he looked into the problem and found the trouble wasn't with a lack of ideas — it was with the process an idea generator had to endure before reaching senior leadership. More
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