Ocotber 10, 2017
News from Andy’s Desk!
Dear Travel Partners,
Best Day Foundation Event
Thank you for a successful 3rd Quarter.
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.
Please be advised of our Two Exclusive Travel Agent Promotions running concurrently through Halloween, Tuesday, October 31st. Please find details within the Newsletter.
We’re right in the middle of conference season. Although unable to attend the CoNEXION Event in New Orleans, due Hurricane Irma. We are extremly grateful for the event staff for allowing us to remotely conduct our Webinar and proctor our CATA certification testing. Special Needs Group will be represented at Cruise Planners Annual Convention being held October 15th-19th in Cancun, Mexico as well as the WTH National Convention from October 28th-November 4th on Royal Caribbean’s Harmony of the Seas. Be sure to look at the "Calendar of Events" within the Newsletter to know where we will be for the next few months, in addtion to our scheduled Webinars.
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®.
Andrew J. Garnett, CATA
For This Halloween…
How Would You Like to Receive an Apple Instead of Candy?
Promotions run through Halloween, Tuesday, October 31st
One Apple iPad® will be awarded to a Travel Partner who has achieved their SNG Certified Accessible Travel Advocate® designation by the end of October. All SNG CATA professionals will be automatically entered and receive one entry into the drawing.
An ADDITIONAL iPad will also be given away.
Registered SNG Travel Partners will receive one entry for each order placed online or via telephone between July 1st and October 31st. SNG CATA agents will receive a DOUBLE ENTRY (2 entries)
into the drawing per each booking placed.
Please join over 3,400 CATA agents as we “Race to 3,500” –
our goal to be achieved by the program’s 6th Anniversary,
Veterans Day, Saturday, November 11th.
Winners will be announced Friday, November 3rd. Best of Luck!!!
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’s Calendar of Events
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 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.
Please send us pictures of your clients enjoying their vacations while using Special Needs Group equipment. We would greatly appreciate your assistance in sharing and allowing us to post on our website and newsletters for others to view. Email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Travel Quote of the Month
"Travel brings power and love back into your life." – Rumi
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