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Travel Agent Newsletter April 2018


April 10, 2018




News from Andy’s Desk!


Dear Travel Partners,                                                          

Thanks for another successful First Quarter!  We are indebted to you for our success.


Our Transatlantic Speical has been extended until April 30th!  Details are located

within the Newsletter.


As we enter the Second Quarter of 2018, SNG is looking forward to the beginning of the Alaska cruise season that runs from May through September.  As we continue to expand our services to cruise ports and destinations, we are pleased to have served 68 countries and 215 metropolitan areas in the last year.


We are extremely grateful for your continued support as we evolve in meeting our mission statement of Delivering an Accessible World


Keep Smilin’,


Andrew J. Garnett






SNG & Accessible Travel Solutions Proud to be Partners


At SNG, we’re dedicated to assisting travel agents in making a vacation both possible and enjoyable for travelers who have a disability. So we’re happy to let you know about Accessible Travel Solutions (ATS), the only global tour operator exclusively focused on accessible travel.  ATS provides accessible travel services in 45+ countries and won Travel Weekly’s 2016 Tour Operator of the Year award.


Book your equipment through Special Needs Group, and book your accessible tours, transfers, travel packages, and escorted groups through ATS!





C.A.T.A. Corner


Race to 5,000 SNG CATAs®


SNG is pleased an astonishing 4,200 Travel Professionals have earned their SNG Certified Accessible Travel  Advocate® (CATA) designation

through 6-plus years.


The C.A.T.A. Program is the Travel Industry’s 1st Certification program designed to equip Travel Professionals with insight to better serve the Special Needs, Disability and Mature Market segments.


We recently certified the Cruise Planners Headquarters staff

in Coral Springs, FL


Become a Certified Accessible Travel Advocate through completing our online course; the course is composed of three easy modules at no charge to Travel Industry Professionals.  The SNG CATA program is available at


In addition, Certification jump-start Webinars can be scheduled and live/in-house training with onsite testing can be requested for large groups.








Special Needs Group


Annual Transatlantic BOGO 



Clients renting medical equipment for 2018 Transatlantic sailings from North America to Europe



(of equal or lesser value) FREE of charge!


         One way fees waived! (up to $100 Vaule)


         North America Pricing! (on average over $300 in Savings based upon a 14-Day Cruise)


Includes damage insurance (average cost $10 per day)


 Must be booked by April 30th


To receive this offer you will need to call us toll free at 800.513.4515 or international at 954.585.0575.

Offer can only be booked by phone!






Spotlight:  Piraeus

                 (Athens, Greece)


The Port of Piraeus is one of the largest in Europe and the main port for Athens, Greece.  The 2004 Olympics hosted in Athens provided major improvements to the cities of Athens and Piraeus still reflected today.  Modernized check-in buildings, new entrance gates, wheelchair friendly terminals, free WiFi, duty free shopping, cafeterias, cantinas and restaurants have all been upgraded at Greece’s main port which services passenger cruise ships and Greek ferries.


The renovated transportation system allows guests without hassle to visit Athens’ most impressive sites including the Parthenon, Acropolis, Odeon and Temple of Athena.  Under the Acropolis, the Plaka district, which are cobblestone streets lined with cafes, restaurants, and souvenir shops, sits and spreads out to Syntagma; the village is like an island within the heart of Greek’s capital which provides the visitor an authentic experience of Greek culture.  Syntagma Square is a significant site at which the changing of the guards by the Evzones, members of the elite ceremonial Presidential Guard, occurs in front of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.  


Presently, the Port of Piraeus serves the following cruise lines:  Azamara, Carnival, Celebrity, Holland America, Princess, Regent Seven Seas, as well as Silversea Cruises.  Special Needs Group is pleased to provide service to those cruising out of Piraeus.  In addition, SNG can also provide Hotel pick-up and delivery at the start or close of a cruise.  The Athens International Airport is approximately an hour from the cruise port terminal; guests can transfer via bus, taxi, or metro, the suburban rail.  For more information, please visit us at






"On The Road Again" 

SNG’s Calendar of Events

Be sure to stop by and say Hello!


May 6th-8th

Cruise Planners Mid-Year Conference

Broward County Convention Center

Fort Lauderdale, Florida


May 15th-18th

GTM West 

The Cosmopolitan

Las Vegas, Nevada


May 22nd-27th

AVOYA Annual Conference

Hotel Moya

Long Beach, California   


June 12-16th

Travel Leaders Network Global Conference

Caesars Palace

Las Vegas, Nevada




SNG Power Partners

 Industry Professionals who have gone above and beyond in support of Accessible Travel.


2012 – Cruise Planners & WMPH


2013 – NACTA


2014 – Mary Pat Sullivan


2015 – Roberta Schwartz & Bob Sharak


2016 – Debra Kerper,

Easy Access Travel


2017 – Travel Weekly






(Picutred, Andrew Garnett, President/CEO, Special Needs Group presents Bruce Shulman, Publisher, Travel Weekly with SNG Power of Partner of the Year)





Quote of the Month



The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes,

but in having new eyes." 


~ Marcel Proust










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