“Vanessa is a respected professional in the cruise industry, and brings to our company an exceptional sales record, business development expertise, and solid industry relations,” said Andrew J. Garnett, president and CEO of Special Needs Group.
McGovern brings a strong travel industry background to her new role. She was recognized as one of the top “30 Under 30” travel professionals by Travel Agent magazine in 2009, and contributed to two Gold Magellan Award-winning teams in 2010 for Cruise Planners University (CPU) and Cruise Planners/American Express New Agent Training.
McGovern began her career in the travel industry working on board cruise ships. Since then, she has grown from agent to sales and business development manager to industry speaker and sought-after social media expert among travel agents.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in History and International Relations from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. She has completed cruise line education courses to achieve the designations of Royal Caribbean Expert Plus, Azamara Graduate, Carnival Specialist and NCL Freestyle Specialist, and is a graduate of the Celebrity 5 Star Academy. She is currently affiliated with Women’s Prosperity Network (WPN).
“I’m excited to start my new role with Special Needs Group and its amazing team,” said McGovern. “The special needs market segment is exceptional, and provides many opportunities for travel agents. Delivering an accessible world for travelers is an important mission, and I look forward to increasing awareness and opportunities on both the consumer and travel agent sides of the business.”
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 / Special Needs at Sea is the industry's only total special needs travel solution. It is located at 2860 West State Road 84, Suite 107, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312. For more information, visit www.specialneedsgroup.com or call 1-800-513-4515.
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