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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.

Official News Releases

November 13, 2015
SNG announces Certification Milestone
SNG announces Certification Milestone

2,500 Travel Professionals successfully complete Special Needs Group Certified Accessible Travel Advocates® program!

July 17, 2014
Travel Agent wins free MSC Cruise in Special Needs Group Certification promotion
Travel Agent wins free MSC Cruise in Special Needs Group Certification promotion

Gloria Hallick, ACC of Expedia CruiseShipCenters in Alberta, Canada is the lucky winner of the SNG Certification promotion that resulted in SNG celebrating over 2,000 Certified Accessible Travel Advocates.

July 1, 2014
Special Needs Group® / Special Needs at Sea® Continue Efforts to Provide Awareness for Special Needs Travel
Special Needs Group® / Special Needs at Sea® Continue Efforts to Provide Awareness for Special Needs Travel

Special Needs Group® / Special Needs at Sea® Continue Efforts to Provide Awareness for Special Needs Travel at National Federation of the Blind Annual Convention in Orlando, Fla.

May 16, 2014
Special Needs Group and Sun & Fun Cycles Team Up to Expand Access to Widely Acclaimed Hollywood Beach, FL Broadwalk
Special Needs Group and Sun & Fun Cycles Team Up to Expand Access to Widely Acclaimed Hollywood Beach, FL Broadwalk

Special Needs Group and Sun & Fun Cycles Team Up to Expand Access to Widely Acclaimed Hollywood Beach, FL Broadwalk, Empowering Individuals with Special Needs to Explore Popular Tourist Destination

April 16, 2014
MSC Cruises Partners with Special Needs Group for Agent Education
MSC Cruises Partners with Special Needs Group for Agent Education

Offers Free Cruise for SNG Certified Accessible Travel Advocate® Certification Promotion

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April 29, 2015
SNG Donates a Powerchair to ARC Broward Client

August 25, 2014
Sun Sentinel's Top Work Places for People on the Move Honors Andrew Garnett, President/CEO of SNG

May 6, 2013
Special Needs Group Featured in The Miami Herald
Special Needs Group Featured in The Miami Herald Business Monday

Special Needs Group Featured in The Miami Herald

May 6, 2013
Scooter Donation Helps Improve Teen's Mobility
Special Needs Group Featured in The Sun Sentinel

Scooter Donation Helps Improve Teen's Mobility

May 9, 2011
Demand for Special Needs Equipment on Cruises is Growing
Demand for Special Needs Equipment on Cruises is Growing

As more people with disabilities and special needs opt to take a cruise, businesses are rushing to meet growing demand for ship-board mobility devices.