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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

Four new California Proposition 65 notices issued
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Consumer Advocacy Group, Inc. and the Center for Environmental Health issued 4 new "60-day" notices last week, stating that brands and retailers sold mobile device cases (Notice), cosmetic/toiletry bags (Notice), and jewelry (Notice 1; Notice 2) in California that contained cadmium, lead, and phthalates in violation of California Proposition 65 (Prop 65). TGA has included these notices in the TGA Prop 65 "60 Day Notice" running list. TGA will continue to update this list on a regular basis to help catalog the effects of this law on the travel goods industry. 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

Andean Preferences & GSP benefits resumed Nov. 5, 2011
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U.S. importers can again claim duty benefits under both the Andean Trade Promotion & Drug Eradication Act (ATPDEA) and the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP). Congress retroactively renewed ATPDEA back to February 13, 2011 and retroactively renewed GSP back to January 1, 2011. Both programs were extended until July 31, 2013. To obtain a duty refund, importers must file a claim by April 18, 2012. Importers will need to file Post Entry Agreements (PEAs) if they use the Automated Commercial System (ACS), and Post Summary Corrections (PSCs) if they use the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE). Once the refunds are approved, Customs has 90 days to provide a refund of tariffs paid. More

Power your gadgets with your own suitcase
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There's power packing — filling your suitcase with exactly what you need — and then there's packing power. If your gadgets run out of juice when you're on the road, you might be a candidate for powered luggage that not only transports your devices but charges them while you're traveling. More

Top 10 holiday trends for 2011
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While it may not seem like this holiday season is too different than years past — shoppers are obviously focused on prices and retailers are expected to be offering strong promotions even earlier — this is bound to be a holiday season like no other. Here are ten trends gleaned from the National Retail Federation's full data reports. 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.

Travel goods, gadgets & gear: Overnight business bags
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One of the coolest trends in luggage this year has been the emergence of the hardworking and highly-functional overnight business case. Lightweight, compact and uber-organized, this case combines the need for a mobile office with the desire for a separate and roomy compartment for a change of clothes in one very good-looking package — a dream for the minimalist traveler, both overnight business warrior and weekend wanderer. More

Are we there yet? When families fly
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Surely they could spare a little milk, right? But when John and Mary Rose Lin of Jersey City ran out of milk for their 18-month-old twins on a recent Continental flight from Newark to Maui, the flight attendant refused to give them more. That particular beverage, the Lins recall being told, was for coffee, not children. "I was not asking for a full bottle, just a cup," said Mrs. Lin, noting that she even offered to pay for the milk. More

U.S. gas prices see first dip in weeks
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U.S. gas prices dipped nearly 4 cents a gallon over the past two weeks as the slumping economy kept pressure on demand for fuel, according to a recent survey. The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular fell to just under $3.43, according to the latest Lundberg Survey. It was the first drop since early October, and it comes despite a recent increase in the price of crude oil, survey publisher Trilby Lundberg said. More

Chinese tourists to reshape global travel industry
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Continued growth in Chinese outbound and domestic travel would change the global hospitality industry, a report has revealed recently. According to the Global Trends Report 2011, which was released at the World Travel Market in London, Chinese tourists spent $57 billion on accommodations this year, third in the world behind the United States and Germany. More

Short spa treatments redefine relaxation for business travelers
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Forget a spa day — business travelers are lucky to get a spa minute. Fortunately, it's easier than ever to get a small dose of spa TLC, particularly at spas in business city centers and hotels which capture this segment of stressed and time-pressed customers with speedy treatments. More
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