Not any more, Peter. In some ways the new ones are better. You can print as many as you want, and all your information is printed right on the tag--no more filling them out or fighting with them to stick the ends together evenly.
Laminating is effective but not really necessary. After you fold the tags, cover them front and back with clear packing tape, trim the excess and staple the ends together around the luggage handle. They are practically indestructible.