TTi is recognized for Elan Awards at the 26th Annual ICMA Expo

Inver Grove Heights, MN - Travel Tags, Inc. has been recognized for excellence by the International Card Manufacturers Association (ICMA), a global trade association for card manufacturers, personalizers, issuers and suppliers, at the 2016 Elan Awards for Card Manufacturing Excellence.

Jeffrey Barnhart, ICMA founder and executive director, revealed the winners at a festive carnival themed evening reception and dinner held April 6 at Universal's Loews Royal Pacific Resort in Orlando, Florida, during the 26th Annual ICMA EXPO. 

TTi participated in the Loyalty, Promotional and Gift Cards category, wining both Finalist spots for the Cabela's Shooting Clay Lenticular card, manufactured for Cabela's, and the Starbucks Special Edition Kona Heritage Card, manufactured for Starbucks Coffee Company. 

Cabela's Shooting Clay Lenticular Card

Cabela's was interested in a lenticular card for their gift card offering and approached an expert in the field. Travel Tags' Creative Team was able to enhance Cabela's artwork and make it lenticular-ready with multiple motion and depth effects. For this particular card, the lenticular print features an up/down multiphase effect, flipping between three stages of a person shooting a clay disc mid-air. 


Starbucks Special Edition Kona Heritage Card

This special-edition Kona Heritage Card is made with recycled burlap coffee bags and features a design of the original Pike Place, celebrating the birthplace of Starbucks Coffee Company. This one-of-a-kind Kona paper is the result of converting post-consumer waste into a whole new element. It is estimated that more than 10 million burlap bags of coffee are traded globally, providing thousands of tons of burlap for repurposing into products like this paper. In each card, a slight rough texture can be felt with noticeable pieces of jute, or paper fibers. The card features beautiful gold foil stamping, informing the recipient of its unique elements. In addition, the top layer has been debossed in register to the printing, highlighting the Pike Place storefront.


In the global arena of world-class cards, the ICMA Elan Awards for Card Manufacturing Excellence celebrates the pinnacle of design innovation, security, and technical achievements in the industry by leading manufacturers from around the globe. "We're proud to be recognized in conjunction with the pretigious brands we work with. It's our mission to engage with clients to not only provide them with a product but to create growth for their brands through innovative solutions," says Jeff Horst, Creative Director for TTi. 

Click here for a complete list of winners and finalists of the 2016 Elan Awards. Congratulations to all for their achievement!


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Travel Tags ACED the Test!

INVER GROVE HEIGHTS, MN - Ten distinguished professionals of Travel Tags have recently received ACE-M Accreditation from the International Card Manufacturers Association. After a rigorous day of training and a four hour exam, these employees have been acknowledged for their expert-level understanding of the card manufacturing process, including PVC/Plastics, Inks, Adhesives, Printing, Collation, Lamination, Die-cutting and Standards/Testing. This esteemed accreditation is also testimony to their strong dedication, work ethic and drive for continuous improvement.

Pamela Ahlvers, customer service manager of Travel Tags and recent recipient of ACE-M Accreditation, says she is “extremely proud of the group who participated in the exam process.  At Travel Tags, we pride ourselves in providing excellent service and a deep product knowledge, delivered by employees who are dedicated to continuous learning. The ACE Accreditation is a great representation of that focus.”

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