The Travel Goods Association names winners of the 2013 TGA Awards at The Travel Goods Show
Princeton, NJ — Each year at the annual Travel Goods Show, The Travel Goods Association presents three prestigious awards honoring community service, product innovation, and overall contributions and impact upon the industry.
The Product Innovation Award, TGA Award, and Community Service Award recipients are selected by the Awards Committee, a group of the TGA Board of Directors, from submitted nominations.
In addition, the Buzz Award — voted on by retailers and media attending the trade show — is awarded every year to the product that has created the most "buzz" in The Travel Goods Show's New Products Pavilion.
PRODUCT INNOVATION AWARDS
The first place Product Innovation Award was presented to Travelpro for the Platinum Magna luxury collection. The Award Committee selected the collection for its MagnaTrac self-aligning wheel system. When Platinum Magna is pushed, magnets instantly align the wheels to roll straight in the direction you want to go. Most Spinner luggage drifts or pulls to one side or the other, putting strain on shoulder, arm, wrist and hand. Platinum Magna tracks effortlessly wherever you want to go. The Platinum Magna 21" Spinner’s MSRP: $640.
The second place Product Innovation Award was presented to RIMOWA for their new ONYX 13” Laptop Bag. Weighing in at less than 3 pounds, the case is extremely lightweight yet tremendously versatile. Made from RIMOWA's signature 100% virgin German polycarbonate, the case is equipped to protect the valuable contents on the interior, such as laptops and tablets. It also includes protective front and back pockets for convenient access to travel documents, notes or personal items. The case will debut later in 2013; MSRP: to be determined.
Third Place (TIE)
The third place Product Innovation Award was presented to Delsey Luggage for their Helium Aero International Carry-on Expandable Trolley. The carry-on boasts a hard-side exterior pocket, and is one of the few hard-side collections that expand two inches, offering added packing space when needed, and also features a hard-side, exterior front pocket; something previously lacking in hard-side luggage. The large, easy-access pocket opens all the way to the bottom of the case and conveniently stores computers, electronics, tickets, documents, or toiletries and other items travelers may wish to retrieve during their trip, and boasts a padded sleeve. It’s MSRP: $179.99.
The tie for third place was presented to The Travel Halo travel pillow. Made to be worn as a halo around the crown of the head, the pillow’s innovative design holds travelers’ heads in place with two small cushions on the back of the head. It also offers a built-in, roll-down eye mask that comes down to shield travelers’ eyes from light. The Travel Halo’s MSRP: $29.99.
COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD
The winner of the 2013 Community Service Award is Albuquerque, NM-based Liebers Luggage. The retailer has been a leader in local philanthropic activities since its founding by Frank Fine in 1978. Fine is a director of the Roadrunner Food Bank and serves as chair of its building committee. He recently led the effort to acquire its new 166,000 sq. ft. distribution center, from which they distribute over 2,000,000 pounds of food every month. Frank’s wife and co-owner Leslee Richards works with several community theaters and is a director and former chair of the Vortex Theatre. Frank and Leslee support many local non-profits and have donated more than 5,000 bags to New Mexico Children, Youth and Family Services, Jewish Family Services, and other social service organizations.
The winner of the 2013 TGA Award is Richard Krulik, CEO of Solo and Briggs & Riley. Under Richard’s guidance and leadership, Briggs & Riley has helped several small luggage retailers open and maintain their businesses, and has become recognized for its industry-leading lifetime performance guarantee, Simple as that®, a commitment to cultivating the close, lifelong relationship between travelers and their most trusted brand. Richard introduced “reality engineering” to the industry, referring to the process where products are designed based on the real-world feedback of customers, and his companies offer high standards of service and cutting-edge technology to answer the ever-changing needs of travelers, which are Richard’s personal promises to his customers.
Krulik serves as a Vice Chair on the Travel Goods Association Board and is active with the National Luggage Dealers Association. A supporter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund, the Make-A-Wish foundation, and Angel Flights, an organization of volunteer pilots who transport medically disabled patients and often provide emergency transportation to those in need, Krulik gives back to his community as much as possible.
THE BUZZ AWARD
The Buzz Award, voted on by attendees and media, was presented to a first-time exhibitor at The Travel Goods Show, the PlayAway Case by British company JK Worldwide. The PlayAway Case is children’s luggage that doubles as a play center for kids on the go. Each case’s cover features a character, each of which is an endangered or at-risk species and represents inspirational pioneers of years gone by. The PlayAway Case MSRP is $99.00.
For more information, contact the Travel Goods Association's Kate Ryan at 774-929-5223 or firstname.lastname@example.org.