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Game-Changing New Travel Items Win Big at 2014 International Travel Goods Show

Hundreds of smart, innovative new travel items debuted at this year’s International Travel Goods Show, which means the award-winning products that emerged are tops of a pretty big heap. This is a fiercely competitive market that thrives on innovation, and this year’s winners promise to make traveler’s lives easier and more comfortable in a world where amenities are increasingly difficult to come by.

Ranging from an ergonomically adaptive luggage handle to a smarter suitcase, a better travel pillow and a child-carrier that fosters a stronger bond between child and parent, this year’s winners were standouts at the world’s biggest trade show devoted to travel goods.

Product Innovation Awards

First Place — Pivotal Soft Case Gear Bag with its patented ergonomic Pivot-Grip handle that rotates 360 degrees Second Place — Delsey Chatelet featuring the unique Stop and Go brake system hird Place — NapAnywhere portable head-support pillow, designed by Dr. Ravi Shamaiengar

The Product Innovation Award is presented to the three products perceived to be new, meaningfully significant, and innovative. With over 100 new entries submitted for consideration at The International Travel Goods Show, winnowing the nominated entries down to three winners is a Herculean task for the Awards Committee, made up of industry-leading manufacturers and retailers who evaluate each item for its utility, market viability and inventiveness. This year’s entries ranged from convertible carry-ons and business cases with built-in laptop and phone chargers to accessories like GPS tracking devices, portable clothes washers and personal water filtration devices.

The first place winner in the Product Innovation Awards was the Pivotal Soft Case Gear Bag, with its patented ergonomic Pivot-Grip handle that self-adjusts to reduce arm and wrist strain by rotating 360 degrees to provide a properly angled grip for your hand as you tow the wheeled bag behind you.

Second place winner for product innovation was the Delsey Chatelet, a rolling carry-on with Delsey’s unique Stop and Go brake system. It acts like a parking brake to prevent runaway luggage, but because the brake only acts on two of the four wheels you can still tilt it and roll it as a two-wheeler without disengaging the brake — handy when going through the shuffle-and-stop of ticketing and security lines.

The third place Product Innovation Award went to the NapAnywhere, designed by Dr. Ravi Shamaiengar to be a truly different take on the travel pillow, with a unique shape that fits between head and shoulder to provide portable, ergonomically sensible comfort by properly supporting the head and neck while in the seated position.

Buzz Award
The Buzz Award goes to the item in The International Travel Goods Show’s New Products Pavilion that generates the most buzz, as voted on by attending travel goods retailers and media. This year’s winner was Piggyback Rider, a stand-up child carrier that gives children an adult’s-eye worldview while being carried, providing child and grown-up the same visual perspective and making it easy for them to converse, even in crowds.

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