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The 2011 Travel Goods Show is now online!
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The 2011 Travel Goods Show website is up and running, giving you a sneak peek at what's in store for what's shaping up to be the most well-attended Travel Goods Show ever! Check out the floor plan, see who's exhibiting, and get registered! Remember, on-site attendee registration is $100, but online registration is absolutely free. Plus, you can make your travel plans and hotel arrangements (look for the TGA-designated hotels when you book). Visit now and get a jump on next year's biggest travel goods event. More

HADAKI Neoprene Laptop Sleeve
HADAKI adds fun to function with its range of neoprene laptop sleeves. Fun colors inside and out, along with carrying handles and an external pocket make this a perfect option for anyone wanting stylish protection for their computer. MORE

Get your charity "showcased"
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Have you or your company been doing good deeds in the community? Give yourself a pat on the back, and let Travel Goods Showcase help inspire others by sharing your example with the rest of the travel goods industry. Please send us press releases about your philanthropic activity by Thursday, Oct. 7, 2010, for editorial consideration for the November issue of Travel Goods Showcase. Submissions are also automatically considered for the Community Service Award given each year at The Travel Goods Show. E-mail or contact Cathy Trecartin, *Please note, images should be in jpeg format, and at least 2 inches at 300 dpi. More

House approves China currency bill, fate in Senate remains unclear
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The U.S. House of Representatives on Sept. 29 approved, by a vote of 348-79, pending legislation sponsored by Congressman Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, and amended by House Ways & Means Committee Chair Sandy Levin, D-Mich., that would punish China over the currency issue. The TGA-opposed legislation, the Currency Reform Fair Trade Act (H.R. 2378), would make currency manipulation a subsidy under U.S. countervailing duty (CVD) laws, making it much easier to bring and win trade remedy cases against U.S. imports of specific products from China. The U.S. Senate adjourned for the November elections before taking up the House-passed bill. It remains unclear whether the Senate will take up the China currency issue when it returns to Washington, DC on Nov. 15 for a lame-duck session of Congress. More

tugo™gets rave reviews!

We make travel less stressful- and who doesn't need that? Add the tugo™ to your store today! With your opening order, you'll receive a free display and free shipping. tugo™ is ideal for travel goods and accessories retailers and a super seller in airports and transportation centers. 303-722-0170 

AAFA releases RSL 7
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On September 30, the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) published the seventh edition of the AAFA Restricted Substances List (RSL), covering apparel, footwear, and travel goods. The AAFA RSL, initially released in the summer of 2007, is the first of its kind. The list covers chemicals and other substances whose presence in a product is restricted through a government regulation or law. The list identifies the most restrictive iteration of that regulation worldwide. The list, which has become the global industry standard for RSLs, can be downloaded for free from the AAFA Web site. Other chemical management tools are also available for free on the AAFA website. More

Thomas Stanley, COO Of Cox And Kings, discusses top 10 luxury travel trends of 2011
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Thomas Stanley, COO of Cox & Kings, the longest-established travel company in the world with more than 250 years of experience, recently discussed how he sees the most substantial destinations, experiences and modes of travel for the coming year. More

An Innovative Way to Prevent and Relieve Neck & Shoulder Tension

You just got off a long plane flight, your neck aches and you hardly slept a wink. The Releaf neck rest relieves the weight of your head from your neck and shoulder muscles, allowing you to relax in comfort. MORE

How trends in global travel will change medical tourism
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Although many people in the business dislike the term "medical tourism," there is no getting away from the fact that it is a niche within the global tourism market. The latest international tourism figures show a global recovery in travel. Expecting medical tourism to grow as rapidly as it did before the recession is optimistic. Expecting the business to restart from where it was in 2007 is simplistic, as the business, the world, and consumers have all changed. More

Airplane air is no riskier than other enclosed spaces, study says
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Thousands of flights to Mexico were canceled last year in response to the outbreak of the H1N1 virus there. And the SARS scare in 2003 prompted airports and airlines to adopt emergency measures, among them screening passengers for high fevers as they boarded. But recent studies, including a report in August by the National Research Council's Transportation Research Board, make a case that, in general, an airplane is no more a health threat to occupants than any other enclosed environment, like a theater or subway. More

Increase Your Travel Accessories Sales!
The top-selling Cloudz brand is quickly becoming a worldwide icon and the standard by which all other travel accessories are compared. See what Cloudz can do for your sales in this important category! Contact us today 267-223-8900 MORE

Happy anniversary, wheeled luggage!
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Wheels on a suitcase? So convenient, they're an unremarkable essential for today's traveler. But in 1970, Bernard Sadow had trouble selling his rolling suitcase idea. "I showed it to every department store in New York City and a lot of buying offices, and everybody said I was crazy. 'Nobody's going to pull a piece of luggage with wheels on it.' People just didn't think in those terms," Sadow said. More

Amtrak's East Coast high-speed rail plan
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A 220 mph, high-speed train may one day link Boston and New York under a $117 billion plan announced by Amtrak CEO Joseph Boardman in Philadelphia. The plan is set to be accomplished over a 30-year time frame and would cut travel times between East Coast cities in half. For example, travelers would be able to go from New York City to Washington, D.C., in just a little over an hour and a half, and from the Big Apple to Boston in just 86 minutes. More

Want to see what the future of shopping looks like?
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A powerful video created by Resource Interactive and shown at the Summit demonstrates how shopping is changing. Don't believe in the power of social media or mobile? Take three minutes and watch this. More

Urban Outfitters CEO shares merchandising insights
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CEO Glen Senk may lead a $2.5 billion company representing iconic fashion brands like Urban Outfitters and Anthropologie, but he clearly still considers himself a merchant at heart. So when an attendee at the Summit asked a question about the future of merchandising, Senk's eyes lit up. His insights held the interest of the Summit's 3000+ attendees. More

How to improve your chances of getting a loan
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Applying for a bank loan can be a frustrating and mystifying experience for small-business owners. Here's a brief guide to what makes bankers tick and some tips to help you navigate their world. More

Terrible times build great leaders
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The Chinese character for "crisis" consists of two symbols. One means "danger," the other "opportunity." Every bad time hides great opportunity inside it. That opportunity is visible only to those who really want to see it. Use the economic challenge of the current moment to your advantage, to hone your leadership skills and to raise yourself and your team to the next level. More
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