The Accessibility Advocate - October 2017
October 11, 2017
From the President's Corner!
Best Day Foundation Event
Our thoughts are with those still recovering from the aftermath due to Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Jose, and Maria.
We are extremly honored to have received a 2017 Travel Weekly Magellan Award.
We are greatly appreciative of those Travel Professionals who continue to support us as we continue to work in achieving our mission of Delivering an Accessible World®.
Thank you again for your support as we continue to evolve in Delivering an Accessible World.
Andrew J. Garnett, CATA
Special Needs Group Lends Helping Hand
at Best Day Foundation Event
Best Day Foundation is a volunteer organization which aids children with special needs build confidence and self-esteem through safe, fun, adventure activities. Best Day currently has chapters serving Florida, New Jersey and California. Recently, SNG supported the organization’s event at Pompano Beach’s Public Beach and Pier on Saturday and Sunday, September 23-24.
Special Needs Group provided “Joy on the Beach” wheelchairs for the children to use on the beach’s sand as well as in the ocean throughout the two-day event.
The J.O.B. allows those with special needs to not miss out on leisure activities on the beach, in the water and even through snow. The beach wheelchair is available for rental to passengers on cruise ships or those with land-only vacations in specific locations. The Joy on the Beach has available accessories as well which can be purchased directly through Special Needs Group. For more information, please visit www.specialneedsgroup.com or call 800.513.4515.
SNG Honored with 2017 Travel Weekly Magellan Award - Silver Winner for Hospitality, Overall-Special Needs
Special Needs Group was recently named as a Silver Winner of the 2017 Travel Weekly Magellan Award for Hospitality, in the Overall – Special Needs category. SNG’s entry, “Travel – The Ultimate Freedom,” was honored amongst a broad range of the travel industry segments. The Travel Weekly Magellan Awards recognizes the best in travel and salutes the outstanding travel professionals behind it all.
“We are honored to be named the winner of this prestigious Travel Weekly Magellan Award,” said Andy Garnett, Special Needs Group, President & CEO. “The accessible market is the fastest-growing travel segment in the U.S., and we are pleased to empower individuals who have special needs and make their dreams come true.”
Spotlight: Holland America's Half Moon Cay
Holland America’s award-winning private island Half Moon Cay in the Bahamas celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. In December 1996, the cruise line purchased the uninhabited island located 100 miles southeast in Nassau. To date, only two percent of the area is developed with large portions of the island a bird protection area. Holland America employs approximately a hundred neighboring Bahamians to work on Half Moon Cay.
All Holland America ships, including Prinsendam, during its 20th annual jubilee which embark from Fort Lauderdale will visit Half Moon Cay. Guests visiting the island will have the opportunity to visit its three focal areas: Welcome Center, Bahamian Village and the Tropics Restaurant. Visitors are transferred from the Welcome Center to “Tropics” via a 25-passenger tram.
Holland America's private island was unaffected by the four recent Hurricanes - Harvey, Irma, Jose and Maria.
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October 2017 Newsletter
Official News Releases
- February 14, 2018
- ASTA Partners with Special Needs Group
- January 22, 2018
- Celebrity Cruises® Sales Team enters 2018 as SNG Certified Accessible Travel Advocates®
- January 10, 2018
- Porthole Cruise Magazine Names Special Needs Group® / Special Needs at Sea®Winner of its 2018 Editor-in-Chief Awards, Best Mobility/Accessibility Provider Category
- September 28, 2017
- Special Needs Group® / Special Needs at Sea® Named Silver Winner of the 2017 Travel Weekly Magellan Award for Hospitality, Overall -- Special Needs
- November 13, 2015
- SNG announces Certification Milestone
2,500 Travel Professionals successfully complete Special Needs Group Certified Accessible Travel Advocates® program!
- April 16, 2018
- SNG Featured in voyageMIA.com
- March 27, 2017
- Sun Sentinel Community Snapshots
- March 27, 2017
- SNG Featured in nextavenue.com
Planning A Cruise When You Have A Disability
- March 27, 2017
- Forbes - Planning A Cruise When You Have A Disability
Following these eight tips can ensure that you have a memorable trip
- March 20, 2017
- Dania firm broadens horizons for Travelers with Disabilities