For Immediate Release
MSC Cruises Partners with Special Needs Group for Agent Education –
Offers Free Cruise for SNG Certified Accessible Travel Advocate® Certification Promotion
Fort Lauderdale, FL April 16, 2014 – MSC Cruises, a long-standing supporter of the Retail Travel Agent distribution system has partnered with Special Needs Group to encourage Travel Agents to tap into the world’s fastest growing demographic; Travelers with disabilities and special needs.
Travel Agents who successfully complete the SNG Certified Accessible Travel Advocate® online, 65 minute, 3-module program by May 26th, 2014 will automatically be entered to win an MSC 2014-2015 7Night Caribbean cruise for 2 in a Balcony stateroom.
MSC Cruises USA President and 2 term CLIA Marketing Committee Chair, Rick Sasso, remarked: “Knowledge is power. Over 1,700 Travel Professionals have completed this meaningful Certification program and are positioned to seize the opportunity represented by this powerful market segment. MSC Cruises is thrilled to assist SNG as they strive to Certify 2,000 by Memorial Day. Additionally, successful completion of this program entitles Agents to receive 5 CLIA Certification Credits which can be applied to their CLIA ACC or MCC Certification. It’s a win-win”.
SNG President Andrew Garnett stated: “We are more than grateful to Rick and MSC for their support of this initiative and hope that the opportunity to experience the MSC product, firsthand, will compel those Agents who are not aware of the rapidly growing special needs traveler.”
To qualify Travel Professionals must successfully complete the SNG Certified Accessible Travel Advocate program by 11:59pm, May 26th, 2014. Drawing will be held May 28th, 2014. All SNG Certified Accessible Travel Advocates® are eligible. Complete details can be found at www.specialneedsgroup.com/agents.
MSC’s Sasso concluded: “In addition to the economic opportunity, Agents will discover that servicing this market brings tremendous personal satisfaction and fulfills the desire of the Agency Community to make Consumer travel dreams a reality”.
For more information about the SNG Certified Accessible Travel Advocate® program, SNG Travel Agent Affiliate Program and the SNG Resource Center, please call 1-800-513-4515 or visit www.specialneedsgroup.com/agents.
About MSC Cruises
Onboard MSC’s twelve vessels, guests enjoy the Mediterranean way of life. From the hospitality to the dining, guests are enveloped in the Mediterranean manner of enjoying life to its fullest. Onboard guests are encouraged to slow down and enjoy everything their MSC vacation has to offer. Kids 11 and under sail free year-round on MSC Cruises, while kids 12-17 sail a special discounted rate.
MSC Cruises is a privately-held, family-owned, Italian cruise line with a fleet of 12 ships: MSC Preziosa, MSC Divina, MSC Splendida, MSC Fantasia, MSC Magnifica, MSC Poesia, MSC Orchestra, MSC Musica, MSC Opera, MSC Lirica, MSC Sinfonia and MSC Armonia. The fleet cruises year-round in the Mediterranean and Caribbean. Seasonally, the fleet will cruise in Northern Europe, the Atlantic Ocean, the French Antilles, South America, South and West Africa, The United Arab Emirates and the Canary Islands.
About Special Needs Group, Inc.
Special Needs Group, Inc. is the leading global provider of wheelchair rentals, scooter rentals, oxygen rentals and other special needs equipment rentals. It also offers a broad range of special needs equipment for purchase. Recommended by the world’s major cruise lines for superior service and value, Special Needs Group also services guests visiting hotels, resorts, theme parks and convention centers. Special Needs Group is the only mobility and oxygen equipment supplier that is approved to deliver to all major cruise lines.
Special Needs Group is the Travel Industry’s only total special needs travel solution. They are located at 302 NW 1st Street, Dania Beach, FL 33004. For more information, visit www.specialneedsgroup.com or call 1-800-513-4515.