Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Punta Cana, the first-ever Gourmet Inclusive international property by Nickelodeon and Karisma Hotels & Resorts, located in the Dominican Republic, recently completed a training and certification program through the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES) to ensure its staff are prepared to welcome guests on the autism spectrum or those with sensory sensitivities. While research shows that travel is one of the most intellectually stimulating events for individuals on the spectrum, there are not enough trained and certified travel options for families looking for destinations to accommodate their needs. IBCCES and Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Punta Cana are working to make sure that’s no longer the case.
“At Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Punta Cana, it’s our goal to provide an inclusive property that caters to all families including those with individuals with autism. We’re thrilled to partner with Autism Travel and IBCCES to provide our guests a safe and sensory-friendly environment that all kids, teens, and adults can enjoy. Now everyone can come together at our luxuriously playful property and savor a vacation in paradise complete with world-class culinary experiences, entertainment with favorite Nickelodeon characters, and amenities to promote quality family time,” said Kelly Poling, Senior Vice President of Marketing of Premier Worldwide Marketing, the exclusive representatives for Karisma Hotels & Resorts.
For almost 20 years, IBCCES has been the industry leader in autism training for licensed healthcare professionals and educators around the globe. IBCCES recognized that many families with children with special needs have limited travel options and created programs specifically for the hospitality and travel industry.
“We’re so excited to partner with an organization that is not only committed to providing the best service and accommodations to ALL guests, but one that will connect with kids of all ages and help them make lasting memories with their families. We’re committed to providing research-based training and certification to leading destinations across the globe so all families can have peace of mind when visiting new places and benefit from these experiences,” said Myron Pincomb, IBCCES Board Chairman.
Many destinations now tout “autism-friendly” options; however, this term does not always indicate a true understanding of these families’ requirements. More parents are now seeking out destinations that have completed research-based training and professional review to ensure the best experience possible. 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 requirements.
About Karisma Hotels & Resorts
Karisma Hotels & Resorts, an award-winning luxury hotel collection which owns and manages properties in Latin America, the Caribbean and Europe, comprises an impressive portfolio including El Dorado Spa Resorts by Karisma, Azul Beach Resorts by Karisma, Generations Resorts by Karisma, Karisma Villas, Allure Hotels by Karisma, Hidden Beach Resort by Karisma, Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts, Sensatori Resorts, Sensimar Resorts, and Karisma Hotels Adriatic. Properties have been honored with the industry’s top accolades including Conde Nast Traveler’s “Top 100 Hotels in the World,” Conde Nast Traveler’s “Top 30 Hotels in Cancun,” TripAdvisor® Traveler’s Choice “Best Hotels for Romance,” and AAA’s “Five Diamond Award” and “Four Diamond Award.” Karisma has received worldwide recognition for its creative approach to hospitality management and product innovations. For reservations and a full list of Karisma properties, please visit www.karismahotels.com.
Delivering The Global Standard For Training and Certification in The Field of Cognitive Disorders –
IBCCES provides a series of certifications that empower professionals to be leaders in their field and improve the outcomes for the individuals they serve. These programs are recognized around the world as the leading benchmark for training and certification in the areas of autism and other cognitive disorders. As part of our commitment to sharing the latest innovations and research, IBCCEs also hosts the International Symposium on Cognitive Research and Disorders to create a forum for collaboration among industry stakeholders.