GLOBAL ACCESS NEWS TRAVEL E-ZINE
VOLUME IV, NUMBER 12, December 2003
Copyright © 2003, Global Access News
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Please note: Any Internet links mentioned in this E-Zine were verified as functioning as of the date on this E-Zine. Websites and e-mail addresses, however, change frequently, so changes may have occurred after that date.

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Welcome to the December 2003 issue of the Global Access News E-Zine. Thanks to everyone for taking the time to write us and share your travel experiences.

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CONTENTS

1. WORLD ON WHEELZ LAUNCHES WEBSITE
2. ACCESSIBLE KIWI TOURS
3. BONAIRE TRIP 
4. NOOSA, QUEENSLAND UPDATE 
5. ACCESS4WHEELIES MOVES
6. SUN PRINCESS: EASTERN CARIBBEAN CRUISE


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1. WORLD ON WHEELZ LAUNCHES WEBSITE


James Glasbergen, who has shared several of his travel adventures with Global Access, recently launched his new website, World On Wheelz. It is truly a cornucopia of excellent travel writing! Glasbergen, who has a C4 quadriplegic injury, provides excellent access reports on his travels throughout Europe, the U.S., Australia, and more. Savor his informative reports at http://www.worldonwheelz.com/

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2. ACCESSIBLE KIWI TOURS

Allan and Shona of Accessible Kiwi Tours in New Zealand wrote Global Access News to share their service with our readers. Since 1991, the couple has designed barrier-free tours for disabled visitors of all ages. They offer everything from wheelchair accessible vans and coaches to full nursing care. To learn more, check out their website at http://www.toursnz.com/

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3. BONAIRE TRIP

The Handicapped Scuba Association
is planning a diving trip to Bonaire in September 2004. This is their 20th annual trip there. To learn more about the accessible accommodations and trip plans, visit: http://www.hsascuba.com/travel/HSATRAVL.htm#ALOHA!

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4. NOOSA, QUEENSLAND UPDATE


Sue Willis, who has shared her adventures while traveling with her disabled daughter, Joanna, in Noosa, Queensland, Australia, wrote to advise our readers of which equipment supplier to use when visiting that region. Formerly Willis recommended the supplier Ian Bennet for equipment rentals, but now she reports that Bennet increased his hiring rates 300% and that Warren Blee offers far lower rental rates. Contact Warren Blee at Maroochydore phone 61 7 5443 1254. Willis writes: On our last visit to Noosa, I was very disappointed with Ian Bennett's pharmacy (Plaza Pharmacy, Nambour phone 07 5476 0988). Concerning their hoist rates:

They were $30 weekly hire $22 delivery no deposit total $52
went up to $99 weekly hire $33 delivery $297 deposit total $132 + 297 deposit

Willis contacted the marketing manager Karen Bonhayer and the general manager (Deon) who told her that the new prices were correct, and that a hoist costs him $1000, so he has to hire it for 20 weeks to make some money. 20 weeks @ $99 is $2000, which is twice the cost of the equipment.

Willis then checked with other rental places and discovered Warren Blee, Maroochydore (phone 07 5443 1254). Blee offered these hoist charges: $35/WK, deposit $50 and delivery $20. Willis states: “It worries me that because of my recommendation there might be other people hiring from Ian Bennett. We only need a hoist, but other people might need a hospital bed, commode, hoist, etc. and they will be paying 300% more than they should.”

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5. ACCESS4WHEELIES MOVES


Dany Aendenboom, of Belgium, recently wrote to inform our readers that his website Access for Wheelies now has a new address: www.access4wheelies.be

Aendenboom’s website emphasizes accessible European travels and provides excellent suggestions for hotels, self-catering facilities, and camping.

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6. SUN PRINCESS: EASTERN CARIBBEAN CRUISE


Vladimir and Elfrieda Drobashevsky, who have generously shared many of their ocean cruises with Global Access, recently boarded the Sun Princess for a 10-day tour of the Eastern Caribbean. Share their fun at
http://www.globalaccessnews.com/sunprincessecaribbean03.htm

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Global Access News welcomes your travel reports, tips and comments at clearpath@cox.net Thanks for sharing!

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