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Accessible Travel is the Fastest Growing Segment in Travel Indstry

April 27, 2012 By: Newswire

The once niche accessible travel market has been on the rise with an increase in special needs travelers as Baby Boomers begin to retire.

63 million Americans have a disability and approximately 10 million aged 15 and older use a walking aid. This group may include many 'slow walking' individuals who do not consider themselves disabled, but who could benefit from special needs products and services.

Between 2006 and 2016, the American 50+ population will have grown by 22 million while the 18-49 age bracket will have only grown by one million. This has a lot do with the fact that four million Baby Boomers will turn 65 each year for the next 20 years in the U.S. alone.  Over 40 percent of Baby Boomers will retire with some form of disability, raising the accessible travel segment to over 25 percent of the travel market  by 2020.

Special Needs Group Inc.
's online Accessible Travel Advocate course is the travel industry's first eLearning curriculum that allows travel professionals to understand the accessible travel market segment through online study and testing. Upon competing the one-hour, three-module program course, travel professionals receive the SNG Certified Accessible Travel Advocate Certification, which qualifies for five CLIA Certification Credits.

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

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By Newswire | April 27, 2012
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