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Travel Agents Embrace the Special Needs Travel Niche

Travel Agents Embrace the Special Needs Travel Niche

by Cheryl Rosen/Travel Market Report

 

For some, it’s in the family. For others, it’s a labor of love. And for yet others, it’s just plain good business. But whatever their motivation, travel agents who specialize in helping families traveling with someone with autism tell TMR that it’s a fulfilling, interesting, and growing niche.

“I have some limitations of my own — I’m blind in one eye and deaf in one ear — and I grew up hearing a lot of ‘you can’t,’” says Vicky Spencer Rouse, owner of Special Needs Vacation by V in Louisville, Kentucky, with a laugh. “Plus, my mom had Parkinson’s disease and I adopted three special needs children, so we had hyper and Parkinson’s traveling together. But I believe that if you say you can do it, I’ll help you get it done.”

Kimberley Porter, independent travel advisor for Travel Leaders in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, says she was hired specifically because of her background in the autism travel niche, for which she intends to pursue certification.

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