SNG CERTIFIED ACCESSIBLE TRAVEL ADVOCATE ACHIEVEMENT NOW ACCEPTED AS CREDIT TOWARD CLIA CERTIFICATION
Fort Lauderdale, FL — February 24, 2012 — Cruise Lines International Association, the Industry leader in Travel Agent Training, Education and Certification announced today that the Organization will recognize and accept the Special Needs Group Certified Accessible Travel Advocate achievement for CLIA Certification credit.
The program was introduced on November 14th, 2011 and to date; just shy of 400 Agent professionals have earned their Accessible Travel Advocate Certification. It was created to familiarize Travel Industry Professionals with a fundamental understanding of the size, scope, opportunities, and needs of the Accessible Travel/Special Needs market as well as how to serve this growing market segment.
Bob Sharak, CLIA Executive Vice President of Marketing and Distribution noted: “Over 20% (63 Million) of the North American population have a form of disability and this number will only increase as the Baby Boom Generation continues to turn 65 at the rate of 10,000 people per day”. This program provides CLIA Members with the knowledge base to confidently serve a largely untapped customer base”.
Agents who are enrolled in CLIA Certification and successfully complete the one hour, 3 module curriculum simply include a copy of their SNG Certification Certificate in the CLIA Certification “Captains Log” to receive CLIA Certification credit.
Special Needs Group President Andrew Garnett commented: “We are delighted that CLIA has recognized the merit and value of our program. Our goal in creating this Industry 1st training was to provide all Travel Professionals with non-commercial content that would allow them to differentiate themselves, expand their client base and deliver more value in the marketplace”.
For complete information on the SNG Certified Accessible Travel Advocate program please go to www.specialneedsatsea.com/certification-program or call 1.800.513.4515.
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