September 23, 2013
News from Andy's Desk!
Dear Travel Partners,
This month we kicked off "Scooting for Charity" at the NACTA 2013 Annual Convention. It was a fun event to raise funds for Camillus House. SNG also donated a mobility scooter! Read more about it in the newsletter.
We continue to grow the accessibility/specialty needs content in our website. Please visit our site regularly for updates. You'll be glad you did!
Thank you to everyone who came by to say hello at our booth at the 2013 ASTA Global Convention at the Miami Hyatt and at NACTA at the Westin Fort Lauderdale. And please look for us on the road during this busy trade show season!
Andrew Garnett, CATA
Congratulations to the over 1,300 Travel Professionals who are now SNG Certified Accessible Travel AdvocateTM!
With 20% of the U.S. population with a disability we can not think of Special Needs as a Niche Market. Every group you book will probably have someone who needs some help to make their vacation comfortable. Always ask if someone traveling with the group needs help walking or requires oxygen. You want to make sure that everyone knows that you are able to accommodate their special needs!
If you are not yet certified CLICK HERE to take the FREE course!
Tip of the Month
Although it is sometimes not the easiest thing to ask it is imperative to get the correct height and weight for the guest who will be using a mobility device. If we do not provide them with the correct piece of equipment based on this information their is the possibility that the equipment will not work properly optimally. But most importantly there is the safety issue. You do not want your guest to be on a scooter, power chair or wheelchair that is either too big or too small.
And remember that you can also book online!
‘On The Road Again’
SNG’s Calendar of events
Be sure to stop by and say hello!
September 26 - 28
CoNexion 2013 Conference
Las Vegas, NV
September 29 - October 6
CruiseOne & Cruises Inc 2013 National Conference
New York City, NY
Octoboer 24 - 27
Cruise Planners Annual Convention
Westin Diplomat Resort
October 28 - 30
OSSN 2013 Fall Tradeshow
Coronado Springs Resort
Travel Weekly’s Cruise World
Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention Center
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Upcoming Partner Webinars
10/8 Cruise Planners
10/9 Expedia CruiseShipCenters
SNG had it's inaugural Scooting for ChairtyTM event at NACTA's 2013 National Conference in Fort Lauderdale this past week.
It was a fun event to raise funds for Camillus House. Camillus House has provided humanitarian services to the indigent and homeless populations of Miami-Dade County, Florida for more than 50 years. Long time cruise executive Bob Dickinson is the Chairman of the Board.
SNG also donated a mobility scooter to Camillus House in honor of the Grand Prize Winner, Maureen Celli. Maureen is pictured below with Andrew Garnett, President and CEO of SNG and Sam Gil, VP of Marketing for Camillus House.