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Special Needs Group Travel Industry Newsletter

Welcome to the Special Needs Group Travel Agent E-Newsletter!  Our newsletters provide the latest information on tips for selling special needs equipment, accessible destination information, cruise ships' accessibility and more. To receive your FREE monthly special needs travel group e-newsletter,…

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Agent Newsletter – September 2009

      September 2009     TAPPING INTO THE SPECIAL NEEDS MARKET A Golden Anniversary? A wedding or conference at sea? A multi-generational family reunion? On these landmark travel occasions it’s important to have everyone booked and onboard. Leaving…

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Travel Agent Newsletter February 2014

Having trouble viewing this message?  Please click here. February 19, 2014 News from Andy's Desk!   Dear Travel Partners,   I hope everyone was very busy during wave season!  That cold weather that so many have been enduring seems to…

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Travel Agent Newsletter November 2013

November 18, 2013     News from Andy's Desk!   Dear Travel Partners,   The last few weeks have been very busy with lots of wonderful events and opportunities to meet with so many travel agents and partners.  Travel Weekly's…

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Travel Agent Newsletter August 2013

August 20, 2013      News from Andy's Desk!   Dear Travel Partners,   We recently had the pleasure of giving back to our local community by donating a mobility scooter to a deserving 18-year old.  This is the first…

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Travel Agent Newsletter September 2013

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…

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Travel Agent Newsletter October 2013

      October 10, 2013   News from Andy's Desk!   Dear Travel Partners,   Coming off the heels of a great Scooting for Charity event at NACTA's 2013 Annual Convention, I am very pleased to announce that we…

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Travel Agent Newsletter December 2013

December 23, 2013   News from Andy's Desk!   Dear Travel Partners,   I hope everyone is ready to enjoy this Holiday Season and geared up for what promises to be a very exciting and successful 2014!    2013 has…

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Travel Agent Newsletter January 2014

Having trouble viewing this message?  Please click here. January 14, 2014 News from Andy's Desk!   Dear Travel Partners,   Happy New Year!  I hope everyone enjoyed a wonderful holiday season in good health.   Last year was full of…

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Agent Newsletter – August 2009

August 2009   Special Needs at Sea Launches Newsletter   MESSAGE FROM ANDREW J. GARNETT, PRESIDENT & CEO Welcome to the first newsletter from Special Needs at Sea, a Special Needs Group, Inc. company! Our company was created out of…

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Agent Newsletter – November 2009

November 2009       OXYGEN ONBOARD? CLEARING THE AIR ABOUT CRUISING WITH OXYGEN   Travelers and agents are often confused and uncertain about traveling with oxygen, especially the rules and regulations for dealing with cylinders or other forms of portable…

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Special Needs Group

October 2009 Special Needs at Sea Wins "Onboard Supplier of the Year" Award     SPECIAL NEEDS AT SEA WINS SEATRADE INSIDER 2009 "ONBOARD SUPPLIER OF THE YEAR" AWARD   Special Needs at Sea was honored as winner of the…

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Agent Newsletter – September 2010

September 2010       TIPS FOR FLYING ABROAD FOR TRAVELERS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS   September and October, the traditional "shoulder season" between summer's high season and winter's low season are good months for slow walkers and individuals with special…

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Agent Newsletter – October 2010

October 2010       CRUISE LINE ACCESSIBILITY SCORECARD   With the cruise industry's recent building "boom" - - 52 NEW vessels delivered or on order between 2009 and 2010 - - the pace for inspecting the industry fleet can get hectic.…

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Agent Newsletter – February 2011

February 2011       MOBILITY SCOOTER ETIQUETTE/TIPS   As baby boomers are now in or reaching their mature years, a record number of people are driving around in mobility scooters, whether it be on vacation, in a supermarket, at…

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Agent Newsletter – February 2010

February 2010       RIDE THE WAVE OF 2010 TRAVEL TRENDS DURING WAVE SEASON   Just in time to help you sell more cruises during Wave Season, the convergence of specific travel industry trends can give a selling edge…

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Special Needs Group

December 2009       TAKING ACCESSIBILITY TO NEW LEVELS: OASIS OF THE SEAS   Royal Caribbean International's (RCI) much anticipated next generation cruise ship, the Oasis of the Seas, is ready for passengers. Rising sixteen decks high, she is…

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Agent Newsletter – March 2010

March 2010       CRUISING WITH A SPECIAL NEEDS CHILD   Cruising is an excellent vacation choice for families with a special needs child. It's a chance to visit multiple destinations without flying or driving from city to city…

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Agent Newsletter – January 2010

January 2010       IT'S A BIG, WIDE ACCESSIBLE WORLD - GO EXPLORE AND ENJOY!   Did you ever have a client not book a trip because they were worried about a bad knee or other mobility impairment? Have…

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Agent Newsletter – January 2011

January 2011       TIPS FOR HEALTHY TRAVELING FOR TRAVELERS WITH DISABILITIES   The New Year is here. Whether your journeys are to foreign lands or to visit family and friends, Special Needs Group offers these tips to help…

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Agent Newsletter – Nov./Dec. 2010

Nov./Dec. 2010       NEW ONLINE RESERVATION AND BOOKING SERVICE FOR WHEELCHAIR AND SCOOTER RENTALS   Travel agents assisting their special needs vacationers and slow walkers can now book wheelchair rentals and scooter rentals for passengers' cruises online through Special Needs…

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Agent Newsletter – April 2010

April 2010       CRUISING FOR A CAUSE - THE REWARDS OF BOOKING SPECIAL NEEDS GROUPS   The average size for Sandra Cline's group cruises is 300. She has 360 passengers booked for Alaska this season and her 2011 Alaska voyage…

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Agent Newsletter – March/April 2011

Mar./Apr. 2011       SPECIAL NEEDS GROUP NAMED EXCLUSIVE SUPPLIER OF SPECIAL NEEDS EQUIPMENT FOR NORWEGIAN CRUISE LINE   Special Needs Group was recently named the exclusive mobility and oxygen equipment supplier for Norwegian Cruise Line.    This agreement, which…

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Agent Newsletter – May 2010

May 2010       PLANNING EXCURSIONS AND TOURS FOR SPECIAL NEEDS GROUPS   Creating trips for persons with special needs is a niche with untapped potential. Travelers with disabilities spend an average of $13.6 billion a year on travel, so…

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Agent Newsletter – August 2010

      August 2010       DON'T BE FOOLED. ARE YOUR SERVICE PROVIDERS REALLY COMPETITORS IN DISGUISE - PURSUING YOUR CLIENTS   A July Travel Pulse article headlined this warning for travel professionals, "Don't be Fooled," cautioning against competitors disguised…

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Agent Newsletter – July 2010

July 2010       BUILDING YOUR PRESENCE WITHIN THE SPECIAL NEEDS AND SLOW WALKER GROUP TRAVEL MARKETS   With more than 50 million individuals spending an estimated $13.6 billion on travel annually, the Special Needs and Slow Walker travel…

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Agent Newsletter – May 2011

May 2011       HOW THE RISE OF OBESITY IN AMERICA IS INCREASING DEMAND FOR BARIATRIC EQUIPMENT FOR TRAVEL AND MORE   It's a fact: 93 million Americans are overweight. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and…

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Travel Agent Newsletter – August 2011

August 2011       THEME PARKS IN THE OFF-SEASON: AN EASIER TIME TO NAVIGATE   Summer is practically over, the lines are shorter, and it's a great time to visit a theme park. For individuals with special needs, the off-season…

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Travel Agent Newsletter – June / July 2011

June/July 2011       CRUISE LINES' SMOKING BANS HELP PASSENGERS TRAVELING WITH OXYGEN BREATHE MORE EASILY AND SAFELY   More and more cruise lines are now enforcing smoking policies that prohibit smoking in staterooms. Princess Cruises, Carnival Cruise Lines…

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Travel Agent Newsletter – September 2011

September 2011       Why It’s Important for Travelers, Especially Those with Special Needs, to Use a Travel Agent   Traveling can be a wonderful experience, filled with new places and cultures to discover. However, the experience can be much…

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