Symband travel accessory helps tourists with language barriers

By Charlotte Turner |

Symband Limited is hoping to introduce an innovative new travel accessory to the travel retail market, which aims to help tourists communicate to locals, using symbols on a wristband.


“Many people are surprised that there are 6,900 languages currently in use in the world (with over 230 in Europe alone),” says Neil Hayden, Director of Symband.


Hayden says that carrying multi-lingual dictionaries is not always an option, and whilst there are smart phone apps that seek to help, not everyone will have access to their electronic devices 24 hours a day, in all situations and weather.


The Symband is a silicone wristband that can be worn 24hrs a day in all conditions, which is illustrated with 16 universally recognisable symbols.



Symbols on the band represent the following: ambulance, hospital, chemist/pharmacy, airport, toilets, supermarket/shop, post office, Internet cafe/WiFi, hotel/hostel, train, drink, bank, taxi, bus, police, food.


[Above: Hayden’s innovative new Symband product]


49-year-old Hayden, retired from the Metropolitan Police after 30 years service a year ago and had the idea when he bought a charm bracelet as a present.


“We went through three prototypes before we were happy with the finished product, and then we started production.


“We as a company have set a very realistic RRP of just £2 per band, but our market research showed that the parents of teenage or gap year travellers were willing to pay as much as £5.”


For more information contact Neil Hayden, Director of Symband on 0792 55 33 600 or email [email protected]

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