The Travelpro Marquis Collection (VIDEO)

April 23, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

picture of travelpro marquis luggage lineMarquis combines lightweight design with the best of Travelpro’s “smart” technologies in one innovative collection for business and leisure travelers. Straight-rolling MagnaTrac wheels, Contour Grip and PowerScope Extension Handle all maximize comfort and control on a trio of Spinner styles.

This stylish collection also features 2-wheel Rollaboard luggage and matching Totes. With a large selection of seven Carry-Ons all under 7 pounds and several sizes for international travel, Marquis is the smart way to roll. Plus, every piece is backed by our reassuring Lifetime Warranty.

You can also download the Marquis hang tag here.

Dublin Airport Installs Self-Service Biometric Gates

April 8, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

If you’ve ever stood in line at an immigration checkpoint, whether you’re entering another country or returning to your own, you know how long they can take — up to an hour or more, depending on the time of day.

So what if you could pass through an immigration point in seconds or minutes, instead of an hour or more?

Closeup - automated immigration checkpoint

Closeup – automated immigration checkpoint (Photo credit: ttstam)

A pilot test at Ireland’s Dublin Airport (no pun intended) is currently allowing about 1,000 passengers each day to pass through automatic immigration gates. SITA’s iBorders biometric gates use facial recognition to match your face to your passport and verify that you are able to enter the country, taking only about 7.5 seconds to get through. This is much faster than having a human look at you and your passport photo to make a comparison.

The new automated border control gates allow for more efficiency and stronger border control. Human error is ruled out and the system is more secure. While paper passports can be forged, facial recognition cannot unless you go through extensive plastic surgery or happen to be Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible.

This pilot program is testing the suitability of this system on immigration control and security. If the program goes well, the gate system might make it across the globe and you may be seeing it in an airport near you. This system may even save you the headache of long lines going through immigration next time you travel internationally. And there is even the potential of going through border control even faster than going through security, which has never been a possibility before.

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Travelpro Announces its “Win a Trip to the Golf Championship” Sweepstakes

April 2, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Sweepstakes runs April 1 through May 10, 2014

Travelpro, the original inventor of Rollaboard luggage and a leader in innovative, high-quality luggage design, is proud to announce its “Win a Trip to the Golf Championship” sweepstakes featuring a trip for two to the U.S. Open.

The U. S. Open Golf Championship is the second of the four major golf championships in the nation and is on the official schedule of both the PGA Tour and the European Tour. This year’s championship will take place, June 9 – 22 at the Pinehurst Resort & Country Club in the Village of Pinehurst, North Carolina. From April 1 – May 10, Travelpro is offering the chance for a grand prize winner and guest to win a trip to one of golf’s most prestigious events.

111th U.S. Open Championship

111th U.S. Open Championship (Photo credit: Keith Allison)

“Travelpro has a history of providing flight crews and frequent travelers with innovative and stylish luggage that’s designed for the long haul,” said Scott Applebee, Travelpro International’s Vice President of Marketing. “We are pleased to offer a winner and guest the opportunity to witness the world’s most talented professional golfers at the iconic 2014 US Open Championship.”

The Sweepstakes winner will receive a $1,000 voucher for personal airfare and one travel companion. A two night stay at the legendary Pinehurst Resort in the Village of Pinehurst, where the game of golf is rooted in its history. One $300 prepaid credit card and two Travelpro carry-on suitcases, along with two 2014 U.S. Open Championship tickets for Thursday, June 12 and Friday, June 13. Each ticket will provide access to the SI Golf Group’s corporate hospitality tent in the Ross Village and complimentary food and beverage on the dates specified.

The Grand Prize Package Includes:

  • Two (2) U.S. Open Championship tickets
  • $1000 voucher for airfare
  • Two (2) night hotel stay (one room, double occupancy)
  • $300 gift card
  • Two (2) Travelpro carry-on sized suitcases

The sweepstakes begins April 1 and ends May 10. To enter or view the official sweepstakes rules please visit: http://www.travelpro.com/golf-sweepstakes/. No purchase or payment necessary to enter or win. The United States Golf Association which conducts the U.S. Open Championship has not endorsed or sponsored this promotion, or the prizes associated with this promotion in any way.

About Travelpro

For over 25 years, Travelpro International has prided itself in design innovation and durability in crafting the highest quality luggage for travelers worldwide. Since transforming the ease of modern day travel with The Original Rollaboard wheeled luggage, Travelpro has been the brand of choice for flight crews and frequent travelers worldwide. Travelpro is dedicated to building a lifelong relationship with its customers by consistently understanding and exceeding their needs. Travelpro was honored to receive the New Product Innovation Award from the Travel Goods Association (TGA) in March 2013 for the revolutionary Platinum Magna luggage collection.

Please visit the Travelpro website for a full list of the latest products and retail locations. You can also like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

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Wearable Technology Improves Travel

March 27, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Wearable technology is having a positive impact on the travel industry, both for travelers and for people who work in the business. We recently read an article by Future Travel Experience about rising trends in wearable tech and what it’s doing for travelers, and that got us to thinking about what we could see wearable tech do in the future.

Google GlassWearable tech is basically any kind of technology you can wear on your body. Whether it’s a Google Smartwatch — think Dick Tracy’s phone watch — or Google Glass, the computer glasses, or even the FitBit, Jawbone, or Nike FuelBand fitness tracker bands, wearable tech is already making its way into the mainstream, which means travelers are already using it.

One idea the FTE article mentioned was for airport agents to use Google Glass as a way to scan passports and check boarding passes. If you’ve ever stood in a passport line, you know it can take a very long time to get through the process. But Google Glass could shorten the process, getting it down to a single second per traveler. That would speed up the passport check line greatly, improving the experience of international travel.

Or how about getting notified of your flight’s status on your Google Smartwatch? Receive a text or email on your watch, rather than fussing with your phone. You can even connect your Bluetooth earpiece to the Smartwatch and call your travel agent or the airline customer support line if you have problems with your flight.

The famous 2-Way Wrist Radio

The famous 2-Way Wrist Radio (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If you like to exercise, how about using your exercise device as a way to measure your walking during travel days? If you arrive early enough at the airport, or have a long layover, take some time to stroll around the airport rather than sitting at the gate for three hours. While it may not be your usual morning run, it’s at least a way to keep moving and get some exercise in. Use your FitBit as a way to track your steps, distance walked, and even calories burned.

As more people are embracing wearable technology, we may see it become a regular part of air travel, whether it’s the travelers who are wearing them, or the airport and airline professionals. The technology can ultimately be used to help improve the airport experience, which is something many airport designers are already doing.

How are you using technology in your own travels? Are there any items on your travel tech wish list? Leave us a comment or discuss it on our Facebook page. (Bonus points if you answer it from your smartphone from an airplane or airport.)

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Our New Maxlite 3 Video

March 24, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Maxlite 3 brings amazing innovation to our ultra-lightweight collection of 4-wheel Spinners and 2-wheel Rollaboard luggage. This handsome set comes with the patented Contour Grip on Spinners, plus a unique expansion design and custom full-bottom tray to add greater stability. Combined with flexible packing options and stylish accents, Maxlite 3 has the look and feel of top-of-the-line luggage, without the hefty price tag. And it’s lighter than ever. Every piece is backed by our reassuring Lifetime Warranty.

Travelpro Introduces New Maxlite 3 Collection (PRESS RELEASE)

March 7, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Travelpro, the inventor of Rollaboard luggage, announces the Maxlite 3 Collection of 4-wheel Spinner and Rollaboard Luggage

Travelpro the inventor of Rollaboard luggage and a market leader in innovative, high-quality luggage design is pleased to introduce the ultra-lightweight Maxlite 3 Collection, the successor of its award-winning Maxlite 2 product line. This new collection of Rollaboard and Spinner luggage offers lightweight durability, functionality, style and affordability for the business and leisure traveler.

Maxlite 3 Group Photo

Maxlite 3 Luggage

“We pride ourselves in creating outstanding durability, practicality, fashion and innovation in each of our luggage designs,” said Scott Applebee, Vice President of Marketing for the Travelpro family of brands. “Maxlite 3 continues the Travelpro legacy of innovation, with its patented Contour Grip, which allows the user to push 4-wheel Spinner luggage easier, reducing fatigue on the shoulder, arm, wrist and hand.”

Maxlite 3 is Travelpro’s lightest luggage collection ever. A 21″ 4-wheel Carry-on model weighs 6 1/2 pounds, making it easier to lift into airplane overhead bins and the trunk of a car. A unique bottom tray aligns and stabilizes the wheels for enhanced durability over the long haul.

With 360 degree rotation, Maxlite 3 4-wheel Spinner luggage provides superior maneuverability and an effortless glide in every direction, making it easy to navigate through airport check-in lines and airplane aisles. The smooth-action and strong telescoping handle system has two extension stops at 38″ and an extra tall 42.5″ to ensure a comfortable roll for travelers of various heights. Complete with flexible packing options and dynamic accents, Maxlite 3 has the look and feel of topof-the-line luggage, without the hefty price tag. Available in elegant black and ocean mist blue fabric colors, the Maxlite 3 uprights feature a full length front pocket, perfect for storing tablets, laptops as well as any other last minute items. In addition, a zippered, interior side mesh pocket serves as an ideal storage location for bulky power cables, chargers and socks or belts. Every piece is backed by Travelpro’s reassuring lifetime warranty, ensuring that the luggage is free from defects in materials and workmanship.

About Travelpro

For over 25 years, Travelpro International has prided itself in design innovation and durability in crafting the highest quality luggage for travelers worldwide. Since transforming the ease of modern day travel with The Original Rollaboard wheeled luggage, Travelpro has been the brand of choice for flight crews and frequent travelers worldwide. Travelpro is dedicated to building a lifelong relationship with its customers by consistently understanding and exceeding their needs. Travelpro was honored to receive the New Product Innovation Award from the Travel Goods Association (TGA) in March 2013 for the revolutionary Platinum Magna luggage collection.

Please visit the Travelpro website for a full list of the latest products and retail locations. You can also like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Bring This, Not That: Backpacks Versus Duffel Bags

February 25, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

We were recently reminded of why we like being a luggage company after reading Mark Eveleigh’s post on his blog, Kitbaggers.com, extolling the virtue of kitbags (duffel bags) over backpacks.

The decision whether to carry that weight on my back for the next few months or to simply haul it on a kitbag with wheels is a no-brainer.
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Before you head for the airport next time, at least spare a thought for which sort of bag is suited to your trip. On a relatively long adventure travel jaunt, there will be relatively few incidences when a backpack is preferable. There will be countless times, however, when you’ll whisper up a prayer of thanks for the foresight that turned you into a kitbagger. From the airport to the bus, to the hostel, to the bus, to the beach, to another hostel, to another bus, to a national park a tough, well-made kitbag on heavy-duty wheels is the easiest way to transport your kit across all but the roughest of dirt tracks.

Tpro Bold Duffel, open side

Tpro Bold kitbag, er duffel bag, can open from the side or top. It lets you sort items into compartments, and gives you easy access. Plus it rolls, so you don’t have to carry it.

Kitbag is a British word for a duffel bag, and there are several styles of kitbag — er, duffel bags — that have wheels on them. They’re easy to pick up and carry when necessary, and even easier to pull along behind you, just like a regular piece of Rollaboard® luggage. Travelpro offers a wide variety of rolling duffel bag styles in the T-Pro Bold, Platinum Magna and National Geographic luggage collections.

If you’ve ever hauled a 60-pound backpack for miles through Europe, South America, or Africa, you know how hot and sweaty you can get by toting around three month’s worth of belongings on your back. But pulling your bag behind you lets you not only carry more, but you can transport said bag more easily.

Bottom Line

Backpacks are great. They’re a lot of fun, they’re great for hiking and camping, and they have a secret gypsy vagabond appeal for many of us. We even make backpacks for people to haul their laptops, tablets and paperwork. It may not be trekking the rainforest of Chiapas or the streets of Paris, but you can still feel like you’re there, even when you’re just walking to your car after work.

But when it comes down to it, if you need something rugged, tough, and built to last, a rolling duffel bag kitbag is your best bet. They’re soft, so you can overstuff them. They have plenty of compartments, so you can keep items separated by function. And they open at the top so you can easily dig out an extra shirt or your book for the plane.

Mark wrote several posts for us in 2010 after hauling some of our T-Pro Bold rolling duffel bags (kitbags) through Chiapas, Mexico and down the Amazon River. We figured if anyone knows about proper adventure travel gear, it’s bound to be Mark.

So when he said kitbags, not backpacks, we wanted to pass on his thoughts to adventure traveler within us all.

Travelpro and Atlantic Luggage to Introduce Newest Luggage Innovations at the Travel Goods Association Show, March 11- 13

February 21, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Travelpro, the original inventor of Rollaboard luggage and the winner of the 2013 Travel Goods Association’s (TGA) New Product Innovation Award, is proud to debut its latest luggage innovations at the 2014 Travel Goods Association Show, from March 11 – 13 at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona. Travelpro will introduce three new luggage collections under the Travelpro brand, including Crew 10, Maxlite 3 and Marquis. Three collections will also be launched under the Atlantic brand, Atlantic Solstice, Debut and Lumina.

The new Crew 10 collection, the next generation of the legendary Crew product line, which has long been the choice of flight crews and frequent travelers around the world, will be unveiled at the TGA Show. It is a leap forward in innovation, lightweight durability, style and effortless mobility. One of the new features is its sliding compression strap system that allows the hold down straps to be moved from side to side the entire length of the bag to effectively secure different amounts of packed items during travel. Its patent-pending MagnaTrac system with built-in magnets instantly aligns wheels to roll straight for effortless mobility. The patented PowerScope aluminum extension handle minimizes wobble and has multiple stops at 38” and 42.5”. Specifically engineered for spinner model use, the patented Contour Grip adds control and comfort when pushing the luggage, relieving tension on shoulders, arms, wrists and hands.

Maxlite 3 Group PhotoTravelpro’s Maxlite 3 brings amazing innovation to its ultra-lightweight collection of stylish 4-wheel Spinners and 2-wheel Rollaboard luggage. This handsome 12-piece collection comes with the patented Contour Grip, plus a full-bottom tray that aligns and stabilizes the wheels for durability and effortless mobility. This collection’s “intelligent” interior is ideal for packing flexibility. The full-size lid compartment zips open to keep pressed shirts and pants wrinkle free. Maxlite 3 has the look and feel of top-of-the-line luggage, without the hefty price tag. And it’s lighter than ever!

Travelpro is proud to introduce the Marquis collection, the amazingly lightweight and innovative luggage. Marquis combines lightweight design with the best of Travelpro’s ‘smart’ technologies in one innovative collection for business and leisure travelers. Straight-rolling MagnaTrac wheels, the Contour Grip and the PowerScope Extension Handle all maximize comfort and control on a trio of Spinner styles. This stylish 9-piece collection also features 2-wheel Rollaboard luggage and matching Totes. With a large selection of seven carry-on models all under seven pounds and several sizes for international travel, Marquis is the smart way to roll.

Under its Atlantic Luggage brand, Travelpro is introducing three fashionable and practical collections: Atlantic Solstice, Atlantic Debut and Atlantic Lumina.

The Atlantic Solstice collection includes a trio of hardside Dual Wheel Spinner models that roll smoother, perform better and offer more features for a great price. Available in bright, vibrant colors, the durable hard shell is stylishly textured and resistant to scratching. Solstice comes in three sizes, including a 20” expandable Carry-on and 24″ and 28” expandable Spinners, each outfitted with multiple pockets to help organize your things and make travel fun!

Atlantic Debut spinning luggage

Atlantic Luggage’s Debut line of spinning luggage

With incredible style, great value and bright colors, the new Atlantic Debut is a unique 4-piece collection that combines the very best of today’s fashion, lightweight design and protection for your possessions. Debut’s stylish case resists abrasion and is built to absorb shock during every day travel. The two-compartment design allows for greater packing flexibility and travel ease. Combine this with eye-catching color options and a 10-year limited warranty, you get the best of all worlds. Perfect for international travel, Debut features a 20” Carry-On, 25” and 28” Uprights, and a handy Rolling Tote. Available in hot pink and cool turquoise, your luggage will turn heads every time it appears on the carousel!

Also being introduced is the Atlantic Lumina collection. It not only looks different; it feels different. The Lumina collection introduces a contemporary satin look and feel to hardside luggage. Featuring a unique polyurethane finish on a sculpted hard shell, you have to touch Lumina to appreciate its rich, satin texture. Complete with a dual-wheel spinner system and expandable packing compartment, Lumina combines superior strength, looks and maneuverability with great value.

Lastly, a wide array of other cutting edge products will also be on display in the Travelpro booth. Exciting, contemporary-looking Travelpro business cases, adventure luggage and hardside models will be featured for the first time. Under the Atlantic brand, the Compass Unite collection with the patent-pending Link2Go system will be prominent. With Link2Go, you can connect luggage back to back with Velcro straps and roll two pieces with one hand, or comfortably roll four pieces at once.

For the adventure-minded traveler, there will be a complete line of attractive National Geographic Explorer business bags that are not only fashionable, but highly durable. They include various models in leather, canvas, and a unique weatherproof material. A full line of National Geographic Explorer children’s luggage, backpacks and insulated lunch totes with animal prints will also be featured.

About Atlantic Brand Luggage

Since 1919, the Atlantic brand has been synonymous with affordable, value-added and lightweight luggage. As a market leader in the lightweight luggage segment, including neatly designed uprights and spinners to trendy and smart garment bags and totes, all Atlantic branded luggage is of superior quality and durability. Whether for business or pleasure, travel is easier with Atlantic luggage, now part of the Travelpro family of brands. Please visit Atlantic Luggage at www.atlanticluggage.com for a list of the latest products available for purchase and the nearest retail locations.

About Travelpro

For over 25 years, Travelpro International has prided itself on design innovation and durability in crafting the highest quality luggage for travelers worldwide. Since transforming the ease of modern day travel with The Original Rollaboard wheeled luggage, Travelpro has been the brand of choice for flight crews and frequent travelers worldwide. Travelpro is dedicated to building a lifelong relationship with its customers by consistently understanding and exceeding their needs. Travelpro was honored to receive the New Product Innovation Award from the Travel Goods Association (TGA) in March 2013 for the revolutionary Platinum Magna luggage collection.

Please visit the Travelpro website for a full list of the latest products and retail locations. You can also like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

What Drives the 2014′s ‘Top Travel Destinations’ Lists?

February 13, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Have you ever found yourself feeling a little, well, under-traveled when flipping through a list of exotic travel locales? Every winter, everyone from independent travel blogs to global travel publications and mainstream media debuts their lists of “the year’s hottest” travel trends and destinations. While such lists are fun to read, have you ever wondered how (and why) travel experts determine that certain travel destinations are this year’s hot new locale? To make some sense of these lists, Skift did a bit of digging and pulled together a list of all destinations that had been mentioned by ten of the most popular travel publications: CNN Travel, AFAR, Conde Nast Traveler, Fodor’s, Frommer’s, Huffington Post, Lonely Planet, National Geographic Traveler, Travel + Leisure and Travel Zoo.

Sochi

Sochi (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

First and foremost – what they discovered is that there was rarely any overlap between publications — in fact, the full list featured a whopping 178 destinations! Despite the length of this list, Skift determined that this list could be broken up into three distinct categories:

  • Roughly half of the destinations were places that are linked to a specific event or news-related topic.
  • A little over a quarter of the list featured secondary destinations that are overdue for a bit of recognition.
  • The remainder was focused on new hotels or tours to visit.

Some of the upcoming events that are driving interest in certain destinations include the 100th anniversary of World War I and the World Cup. Interestingly, Skift points out that despite the fact the Winter Olympics are being held in Sochi, Russia, this city on the coast of the Black Sea is all but missing from the lists, likely due to the controversy surrounding the local politics, as well as security concerns. Incidentally, 2016 Olympic host (and current host of the World Cup) Brazil was the most popular country on 2014’s lists. Now the real question is: do the creators of these lists get to visit each and every destination they cover? Hardly. Recently, journalist Kristin Luna shared a behind-the-scenes look into her job as a travel writer, pointing out that when writing pieces like the ones mentioned in this post, she typically gets her information from publicists, friends and online research. Nonetheless, we can’t help but love such top travel destination lists. After all, they make for excellent daydreaming material. We’d love to hear from you. What do you think this year’s hottest destinations will be? Where would you like to go? Share with us in the comments section.

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Travelpro Voted World’s Best Luggage by Premier Traveler Magazine (PRESS RELEASE)

February 7, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Premier Traveler Readers Voted Travelpro Platinum Magna Collection the “World’s Best Luggage” Award

Travelpro, the original inventor of Rollaboard luggage and a market leader in innovative, high-quality luggage design, was honored to receive the World’s Best Luggage Award for its Platinum Magna luggage collection from Premier Traveler Magazine’s reader-selected “Best of 2013 list”. Travelpro CEO, Rob Rankin, was on hand to receive the award at Premier Traveler Magazine’s festive gala event, celebrating the upper echelon of the global travel industry, held at the Sofitel Los Angeles Hotel.

Platinum Mangna 21 inch spinner

Platinum Mangna 21 inch spinner

Over 14,000 Premier Traveler subscribers were invited to vote for the Best of 2013 Awards in a survey posted on premiertravelusa.com from June 1st through September 20th, 2013. The survey consisted of open-ended questions only, with no company names given or choices provided. As a result, the luggage Premier Traveler readers favored most was Travelpro, the luggage choice of flight crews and frequent travelers and its innovative Platinum Magna collection.

“We want to thank Premier Traveler subscribers, our customers, retail partners and the media for all their complementary comments on our products,” said Scott Applebee, Travelpro’s Vice President of Marketing, after receiving the award from Premier Traveler readers. “By listening to customer feedback via social media, product reviews and observational research, we were able to identify the implicit needs of the customer that led to the development of the innovative Platinum Magna magnetic 8-wheel spinner system, which eliminates the drifting and pulling effect that is typically seen in other 4- and 8-wheel Spinner luggage.”

The Platinum Magna Collection introduces four revolutionary patent-pending features, including the MagnaTrac magnetic 8-wheel spinner system, with user removable and replaceable Spinner wheels, as well as the Duraframe framing system, the PowerScope extension handle and the Contour handle grip. The end result of these features is the luggage is easier to move, more durable, lighter weight and more comfortable to grip. The entire groundbreaking Platinum Magna collection is backed by the Travelpro “Worry-Free” lifetime warranty.

About Travelpro

For over 25 years, Travelpro International has prided itself on design innovation and durability in crafting the highest quality luggage for travelers worldwide. Since transforming the ease of modern day travel with The Original Rollaboard wheeled luggage, Travelpro has been the brand of choice for flight crews and frequent travelers worldwide. Travelpro is dedicated to building a lifelong relationship with its customers by consistently understanding and exceeding their needs. Travelpro was honored to receive the New Product Innovation Award from the Travel Goods Association (TGA) in March 2013 for the revolutionary Platinum Magna luggage collection.

Please visit the Travelpro website for a full list of the latest products and retail locations. You can also like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

About Premier Traveler

Premier Traveler was designed with its readers in mind: frequent travelers who are perpetually on-the go (both domestically and abroad), who have high expectations and a taste for luxury. With a focus on excellence in writing and response to reader requests, Premier Traveler provides valuable and relevant insights in an intelligent, energetic style. The magazine is noted for responding to its readers, by providing detailed informational surveys, insider reviews and in-depth answers to issues concerning frequent travelers.

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