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DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld Earns Certified Autism Center Designation

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WHY IT RATES: Travelers with autism or those hitting the road with someone dealing with Autism will be happy to learn about a hotel in Orlando doing its best to support them.—Donald Wood, Breaking News Senior Writer.


DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld, spanning 28 acres within the heart of International Drive, has completed the certification programming required to earn the Certified Autism Center designation. This designation is granted by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES) and ensures staff have the best training to provide guests with autism, or other sensory needs, an experience tailored to their needs.

DoubleTree by Hilton at SeaWorld joins their neighboring partners and fellow Certified Autism Centers SeaWorld Orlando, Aquatica Orlando and Discovery Cove to become an inclusive destination for all.

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Families with children on the autism spectrum often face hurdles when it comes to planning for a vacation, or weekend getaway, due to sensory needs, dietary restrictions, and safety concerns. The DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld priority is creating meaningful moments to make guests feel special, and the CAC designation aligns seamlessly with this commitment.

“DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld is pleased to be among the first Orlando resorts to operate as a Certified Autism Center,” said Harold Bassler, general manager of the DoubleTree resort. “With the completion of the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education training program, our property is now in compliance with all certification requirements, and our associates are trained to provide even more memorable experiences for all of our guests, including those with autism and other special needs. This notable achievement allows us to continue in our mission to offer service exceeding every guest’s expectation.”

For almost 20 years, IBCCES has been the industry leader in autism and cognitive disorder training and certification for healthcare professionals and educators around the globe. IBCCES recognized that many families and individuals who have special needs have limited travel options. In response to this need, IBCCES created training and certification programs specifically for the hospitality and travel industry. While research shows that travel is one of the most intellectually stimulating events for individuals on the autism spectrum, there are still few trained and certified travel options for parents looking for destinations able to accommodate their needs. More parents are seeking out destinations that have completed research-based training and professional review as they review search for options.

“IBCCES is delighted that families and visitors to SeaWorld Parks and Hotels Orlando may now enjoy a fully inclusive experience provided by this network of Certified Autism Centers,” said Myron Pincomb, IBCCES Board Chairperson. “We know how important certification and training is for these destinations to provide the best possible experience for all visitors.”

IBCCES also created AutismTravel.com, a free online resource for parents that lists certified destinations and connects families to other resources and each other. Each destination listed on the site has met Certified Autism Center (CAC) requirements.

For more information, reach out to your local travel agent.


SOURCE: DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando press release.

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Family Fun Abounds in Ocho Rios at Moon Palace Jamaica

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All-inclusive resorts are an amazing option for families in search of the perfect shared getaway.

Parents looking for relaxation and a reprieve from daily pressures can certainly appreciate not having to sweat every individual expenditure while on vacation and instead settling on an up-front cost that allows adults and kids alike to go hog wild when they reach their destination.

At Moon Palace Jamaica, a Palace Resorts property situated near the celebrated seaside town of Ocho Rios, all-inclusive really means that it’s all covered, from luxurious accommodations and upscale amenities to world-class dining, 24-hour room service, minibar, premium satellite TV channels, wireless internet access, free calls within North America and a whole host of on-site activities designed to appeal to every age group.

The 700-room resort is located directly on Jamaica’s north coastal beach, where the sparkling Caribbean Sea virtually calls out to guests to come splash in its dazzling waters and warm themselves on the tropical sands.

With use of non-motorized watersports equipment included in their stay, kids and grown-ups might want to try boogie-boarding, snorkeling, paddleboarding, kayaking or sailing a Hobie cat as a family. Once the tribe has had their sand and saltwater for one day, there’s always more aquatic fun to be had at any of four family-friendly outdoor swimming pools.

PHOTO: A family enjoying time on the water at Moon Palace Jamaica. (photo via Palace Resorts)

The resort’s kids’ club, called the ‘Playroom,’ houses state-of-the-art activity spaces that cater to kids whose ages are four and up. They’ll stay entertained for hours in areas filled with building blocks, creativity areas, kitchen play area, ball pit, indoor playground, movies, video games and even a mini-stage to host kids’ karaoke.

Outdoors, there’s a dedicated kiddie pool and children’s water park, plus areas for taking out bikes and rideable cars.

The trendy ‘Wired’ teen lounge is designed especially for kids twelve and over, featuring flat-screen TVs, video games, arcade games, billiards, air hockey and foosball tables, and serving up slushies and frozen virgin cocktails.

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PHOTO: An outdoor restaurant at Moon Palace Jamaica. (photo via Palace Resorts)

With all this on offer, it’s possible that parents will find their teenagers spending more time on their own, with their peers, than they’d have guessed.

Parents who prefer to enjoy a little adults-only downtime who have children under four are also able to arrange for babysitting services through the resort for an additional fee.

Where kids are concerned, what’s on the menu at their next meal can also be a pressing question. Guests of Moon Palace Jamaica will find abundant options available to keep youngsters satisfied, with everything from poolside pizza and snacks to gourmet dining included in their stay.

Boulangerie, Moon Palace Jamaica
PHOTO: Boulangerie, Moon Palace Jamaica (photo via Palace Resorts)

The Boulangerie, reminiscent of a Parisian café, is particularly convenient, serving up fresh pastries, crepes, sweet treats, ice cream, flavored coffees and more, 24 hours a day. Gourmet Corner also dishes out a variety of quick-serve favorites, like pizza, paninis and even sushi, for casual dining or to take on-the-go.

Five other sumptuous, dine-in restaurants on the property offer a mouth-watering variety of cuisines with options to please the palates of adults and minors alike.

Right now, Moon Palace Jamaica is offering a special deal that provides free airport transfers, up to $1,500 in resort credit, and free stays for kids and teens.

For more information, contact a travel professional or visit jamaica.moonpalace.com/en.

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