55+ Travelers: Arriving & Thriving Audio Conference
How tourism, arts and culture can deliver exceptional sensory-friendly experiences to attract and retain the growing '55 plus' traveler market.
Join the “55+ Travelers: Arriving & Thriving” Audio Conference — a first of its kind!
Learn as a tourism operator, tourist attraction, or arts and cultural organization, how and why sensory-friendly changes at events and locations attract and retain the large (and growing) segment of adult travelers who are 55 and older.
Listen to exclusive podcast conversations, for free, with leaders in tourism, tourist attractions, along with arts and cultural organizations who know how to make simple sensory-friendly changes that create exceptional experiences. You will also hear from travelers themselves and organizations who understand the needs of the 55+ market.
Get the tips and strategies that will make your event or location stand out for mature travelers looking for an experience that is a match for what their senses want and need!
Access the audio conference now
The great thing about this audio conference is you get instant access to great content. Simply fill out your details below and we will automatically send you access to free resources and instructions on how to start listening to conference episodes.
These conference podcast episodes were recorded in 2021, so you will hear references to COVID-19. We know the travel and tourism industry was irrevocably impacted by the pandemic. This audio conference is our way of helping travel and tourism operators, tourist attractions, arts and cultural organizations and adults 55-plus return to living, traveling and enjoying daily life.
The content shared in this audio conference is relevant at any time.
Welcome to 55+ Travelers: Arriving & Thriving
Join Sensory Friendly Solutions Founder Christel Seeberger, and guest hosts Sophie Yang and Christopher Basmadjian, occupational therapy students, in this exclusive podcast series for tourism, arts and culture.
Tours and the Tourism Industry: Danielle Timmons, and Carol Alderdice
Listen to Danielle Timmons, Aquila Center for Cruise Excellence, and Carol Alderdice, Tourism Industry Association of New Brunswick, as they give their expert perspectives on delivering exceptional customer experience to travelers 55+.
Music and Concerts: Sarah Nemetallah
Hear Sarah Nemetallah share how Xenia Concerts offers high quality music and arts performances in an environment that welcomes everyone. Sarah walks you through the steps that make the sensory experience a match for the audience.
Changes in vision: Shelley Ann Morris
Learn from the lived experience of Shelley Ann Morris, a traveler with low vision. As the receptionist/administrator for the Canadian Council of the Blind and the host of the radio show, Welcome to My World, Shelley Ann has person-first advice to create exceptional experiences that include more people.
Theatres and Performances: Laura Caswell
Discover the joy in making a theatre location and its performances accessible and inviting to audiences of all ages from Laura Caswell, Neptune Theatre. Get tips and ideas that apply to any event or location.
Changes in hearing: Lynn Leblanc
Absorb the extensive expertise of Lynn Leblanc, Executive Director, New Brunswick Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Inc., as Lynn teaches about the challenges of hearing loss along with the simple solutions that make communication easier for mature travelers.
Experienced traveler insights: Elaine Shannon
Be inspired by the travel insights from Elaine Shannon as she shares how she spent her first paycheck on a cross-country trip and has been traveling for over 3 decades since, culminating in her launch of curated experiences for mature travelers at Fundy Vortex Tours.
Matching tours and travelers: John Simon and Mona Crowley
Enjoy the conversation with John Simon, Kefi Travel and traveler Mona Crowley who join us for a conversation about delivering travel and tours that are attractive to experienced travelers. This bonus episode also has a special host, broadcaster Trish Hamilton.
Bonus Resources For Signing Up
Not only will you listen to great content, but you get instant access to downloadable, digital resources for your business:
- Sensory Friendly Tourism Checklist: simple things you can do to help your event or location become sensory-friendly and make more people comfortable.
- Restaurant Guild for Seniors: how a few easy changes restaurants can make are key to ensuring seniors enjoy dining and become regulars.
In this conference, you will learn...
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I listen to episodes?
Each person who registers by email will receive access to a private RSS feed. A private RSS feed is a link that you can then add to certain podcast players.
Once you add the private RSS feed podcast players that allow private RSS feeds, you can listen to the audio-conference on your computer, laptop, tablet, mobile device, or anywhere you listen to podcasts.
Easy to follow instructions are provided to you, once you register.
Is there a cost?
None at all! 55+ Travelers: Arriving & Thriving is free.
At Sensory Friendly Solutions, we want to help arts and cultural organizations and the the travel and tourism industry hard hit by COVID-19.
The large and growing group of adults 55-plus love to travel and explore in their communities; locally, regionally, nationally and around the world.
We want to help travelers return to doing what they enjoy, by helping tourism, arts and culture deliver excellence in their experiences so mature travelers feel comfortable.
What is an Audio Conference?
An Audio Conference is our way to give you access to exclusive podcast episodes.
This series is about conversations with arts and culture, travel and tourism leaders, along with travelers aged 55+.
Register for free by submitting your email address. You will then receive instructions on how to access the episodes and reading materials.
What will I get when I sign up?
Each episode in the series delivers incredible value to travel and tourism, arts and culture, by teaching why and how to attract adults 55 years and older in making changes to the sensory experience. Create a match for what they want and need when they travel domestically, regionally or internationally.
There is so much exceptional expertise to share, we had to create a bonus episode for you. Plus, you’ll also receive digital handouts with downloadable and printable resources you can use immediately to help guide you even further to make your event or location more attractive to this traveler market.
Your Audio Conference Hosts
Christel Seeberger, Founder & CEO of Sensory Friendly Solutions.
Christel previously worked as an occupational therapist for over 25 years before founding Sensory Friendly Solutions to make the world more sensory-friendly for everyone.
As a traveler with hearing loss, she understands how simple changes make a big difference in tourism.
She created this free audio conference to help arts and culture, tourism and travel bounce back after the pandemic and welcome travelers 55+ with sensory-friendly experiences that are a match for what they want and need.
Sophie Yang, guest host.
Sophie completed her Bachelor’s of Rehabilitation Science in Occupational Therapy in April 2021 and is expected to graduate with a Master’s of Rehabilitation Science in Occupational Therapy degree at McGill University in Montreal, Canada in 2022.
Sophie spent her summer community placement in 2021 at Sensory Friendly Solutions to work on the audio conference with her classmate Christopher, with the goal of discovering the various sensory needs and solutions for adults ages 55-plus in travel and tourism. She hopes that this audio conference will increase awareness on how to provide a more sensory-friendly tourism experience for all.
Christopher Basmadjian, guest host.
Christopher completed his Bachelor’s of Rehabilitation Science in Occupational Therapy in April 2021. He is expected to graduate with a Master’s of Rehabilitation Science in Occupational Therapy degree at McGill University in Montreal, Canada in 2022.
Christopher spent his summer community placement in 2021 at Sensory Friendly Solutions to work on the audio conference with his classmate, Sophie, with the goal advocating for the needs of this poorly advocated demographic, mature travelers. Christopher described himself as a young and hard-working student, who enjoys learning, sports, and outdoor activities.
About Sensory Friendly Solutions
Sensory Friendly Solutions was founded in 2016 by CEO Christel Seeberger to make the world more sensory-friendly for everyone. This audio conference is possible because of the funding support of the New Horizons for Seniors Program, the diligent work of guest hosts and occupational students Sophie and Christopher, as part of their fieldwork placement, and the generosity of our conference podcast guests who share their expertise in making visitors and travelers welcome.