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Family Travel Association Newsletter

FTA Revs up Plans to Work More with Travel Agents

Week of February 20, 2017

This is the newsletter of the Family Travel Association, a new coalition of leading family travel experts, media and companies coming together to create an industry voice that will transform the way families travel — charting a path for future generations of travelers.

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FTA to Co-Hosts Travel Agent Council Forum at Averill's Flathead Lake Lodge

The FTA has been working hard to connect with travel agents on a number of levels, including travel agent training, accreditation and resource development. A first major step was the formation of a Travel Agent Council. And now, thanks to the generosity of Averill’s Flathead Lake Lodge, we’re assembling this select group at their all-inclusive dude ranch on the largest freshwater lake west of the Mississippi and surrounded by national forest in Montana, all for a special FAM/FTA Forum over Memorial Day weekend.

Averill's Flathead Lake Lodge
The lake at Averill's Flathead Lake Lodge
More about travel agents and family travel:
Travel Agents Find Comeback in Millennial Family Travel

Did You Save the Date for Our Third Annual FTA Summit?

Aboard Royal Caribbean International’s Majesty of the Seas,
October 23-27, Port Canaveral Florida

The FTA is proud to announce its third annual conference for companies focused on family and multigenerational travel. This trade-only, conference-style event brings together the leading players and key influencers in family travel, including top suppliers, A-list media and travel agents who specialize in this important market segment.

The 2017 Summit will set sail aboard Royal Caribbean International’s Majesty of the Seas, departing October 23 from Port Canaveral, Florida, for a four-night cruise filled with inspiring presentations, interactive workshops, enlightening research and a diverse array of networking opportunities. This year’s gathering will include travel agents, suppliers, operators, destinations, industry experts, media and influencers – all who specialize in family travel.

Stay tuned for more information or reach out to us for specifics about attendance, exhibiting, sponsorship and more.

Family Travel and River Cruising

In the last edition of our consumer-facing newsletter, we tackled our topic of interest to traveling families: Family Travel and River Cruising. Because the rising appeal of river cruising holds true for family and multigenerational groups, who see in it all the advantages of all-inclusive resorts, matched with the liberating feeling of travel to multiple destinations.

Family Travel and River Cruising

FTA Is Social - Share with Us

We’re busy on social media sharing about family travel. Join the conversation on Facebook (/familytravelassociation) and Twitter (@FamilyTravAssoc) and be sure to use the #familytravel hashtag!

Family Travel Association Membership

The Family Travel Association membership base continues to expand, drawing in new associations, media outlets, destinations, tour operators, corporate entities, cruise lines, lodgings and travel specialists.

Who Are Our Newest Members?

G Adventures
G Adventures
"Travelling with the family is an adventure unlike any other. Kids often have wildly different needs than adults, which is why we don’t just adapt our grown-up itineraries for smaller travellers. Little things like age-appropriate activities, hotels with amenities  for families on the go, and CEOs that think like kids and adults are just a few things that set our family trips apart. We believe that everyone deserves to have the time of their lives, no matter how old they are."
– Steve Lima, US Marketing Manager
Hager's Journeys
Hager's Journeys
"Hager’s Journeys joined the Family Travel Association because we frequently arrange special trips for multigenerational groups and families of all ages. The FTA provides us with an opportunity to share ideas with others and jointly promote the wonderful opportunities that family travel provides."
– Marion Hager
VacationKids
VacationKids
"Travel is a force of change. It helps grow children into world citizens while bringing families closer through shared experiences. Working with the FTA, we are helping families, one vacation at a time."
– Sally Black, Mom Executive Officer

Family Travel Association Member News

Take the #100HoursUnplugged Challenge

#100HoursUnplugged
Multiple studies show that America’s youth log more than 7.5 hours of screen time per day. By comparison, kids log just minutes of time outside per day on average. Veteran outfitter O.A.R.S. is inviting families to take the #100HoursUnplugged challenge by turning off their devices and tuning back into nature and each other for at least four days this summer. Spread the word!

Kids in Tow… Family Travel (and South African Safaris)

Kids in Tow… Family Travel (and South African Safaris)
Rainer Jenss has had the good fortune of traveling throughout much of southern and eastern Africa, but always recommends South Africa when asked for advise on where to visit in Africa. Why? Because it offers perhaps the widest variety of wildlife of any country on the continent. He writes about it here for South African Travel Planner.

Who’s Traveling? Virtual School Families!

Who’s Traveling? Virtual School Families!
They're visiting all 50 states as a school-year-long project. They practice their Spanish lessons from Mexico. They sign up for cruises in January and go to Disney World in October. They are families whose children attend virtual school, and they’re being noticed by the travel industry.

It’s Time for a Spring Break… at a Dude Ranch

It’s Time for a Spring Break… at a Dude Ranch
Spring break often conjures up images of crowded beaches, long lines at theme parks and rowdy parties. Why not try a different kind of family spring break… at a dude ranch? Some of them, like Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch, open in March, a perfect time for some of the best riding in the West!

Lessons Dude Ranches Could Learn from Disneyland 

Lessons Dude Ranches Could Learn from Disneyland
After three days at Disneyland with his family, the owner of Marble Mountain Guest Ranch gained a greater appreciation for his more solitary ranch home. However, he also noticed several important things that he felt could be applied to the guest ranch/dude ranch industry.

Arizona Creates New Virtual Reality Experiences

Arizona Creates New Virtual Reality Experiences
The Arizona Office of Tourism is pursuing virtual reality with the release of two VR films set in the Grand Canyon and Sedona. In the Grand Canyon film, VR users see what it’s like to jump out of a plane. In Sedona, VR users hurtle down singletrack and slickrock on a virtual mountain bike.

Talking Stick Destination Is Now Home to iFLY!

Talking Stick Destination Is Now Home to iFLY!
Within the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community in Scottsdale, Arizona, Talking Stick Destinations now plays host to iFLY, an indoor skydiving experience that is fun for flyers ages 3-103 and all skill levels and abilities. It simulates true freefall conditions in a vertical wind tunnel!

Multigenerational Travel Tips – Your Stress Free(ish) Guide

Multigenerational Travel Tips – Your Stress Free(ish) Guide
The multigenerational travel trend is a growing phenomenon and Ireland is a top five country preferred by both Millennials and Baby Boomers, who often prefer escorted tours. Here are Vagabond Tours of Ireland’s top tips on multigenerational travel.

HomeAway to Give Away a Fairy Tale-Like Castle Stay 

HomeAway to Give Away a Fairy Tale-Like Castle Stay
HomeAway has teamed up with Disney to celebrate the live-action movie adaptation of Beauty and the Beast by hosting one lucky giveaway winner and 20 of his or her favorite people on an all-expense-paid, magical, curated experience at the 14th-century Duns castle in Scotland.

With Families at the Forefront, Club Med All-Inclusive Resorts Expand Their Global Portfolio

Dive into Adventure with PADI Open Water Diver Course on Royal Caribbean
All-inclusive pioneer Club Med ups the ante on authentic escapes for families with revamped accommodations and new programs. With a 66-year history, Club Med consistently strives to reinvent itself and identify areas of innovation to remain a trendsetter and a fun, happy place for families.

10 Best Reasons to Choose the Philippines for a Family Dive Vacation

10 Best Reasons to Choose the Philippines for a Family Dive Vacation
For families that dive (or want to dive!) together, Family Dive Adventures and Kids Sea Camp facilitate travel to many exciting places. But this list of the founder’s top 10 reasons for family diving in the Philippines hits all of the reasons you could ever ask for.

Vacatia and TravelingMom Announce Partnership

Vacatia and TravelingMom Announce Partnership
Vacatia, a resort marketplace for vacationing families, and TravelingMom, a leading family travel content and influencer network, have announced a partnership. Each will rely on the other's content strengths and both will coordinate on as social marketing partners.

Orlando Is the New “MVP” of Sports

Orlando Is the New “MVP” of Sports
Fresh after a sold-out Pro Bowl game and on the brink of opening a new soccer stadium, Orlando, Florida, is a great place for families that love sports. See the championship basketball or Wrestlemania 33, or play for free on the new U.S. Tennis Association campus’ miniature family courts.
FTA Media Center

Family Travel Thoughts from the FTA Media Center

Read some of the latest writing from the experienced and knowledgeable voices in our Media Center.

One in Three American Families Will Travel in 2017, by Matt Villano in AFAR

A Guide to Happy Teen Travel in the Bahamas, by Heather Greenwood Davis on TravelAge West

Taking the Kids on a Once-in-a-Lifetime Adventure, by Eileen Ogintz on Taking the Kids

Family Travel Industry News

Flying with Children: The Ultimate Guide to Less Stressful (and More Fun-Packed) Flights with Kids

Flying with Children: The Ultimate Guide to Less Stressful (and More Fun-Packed) Flights with Kids
The number of daily flights in the world has now reached 102,465 according to a report. But air travel can be a pain in the butt! Worse, still, with a bored and fidgety child thrown into the mix! To help, this guide will help you gear up for air travel with kids.

Airbnb’s Most Popular Family Destinations

http://www.travelpulse.com/news/hotels-and-resorts/airbnb-s-most-popular-family-destinations.html
Airbnb conducted a survey to find out how families like to travel. The survey found that 43 percent like to travel to new destinations each year. At the same time, Airbnb identified some of its family-travel hot spots. The top choices may come as a surprise!

Ch-ch-ch-changes: How the Travel Experience Evolves with You

Ch-ch-ch-changes: How the Travel Experience Evolves with You
From dreamy/dreary (delete as appropriate) family vacations to the enlightenment of shoestring trips to hitting the road with your kids in tow, the travel experience adapts to fit the circumstances. And there’s simply no bad time to go. Here are some reflections from Lonely Planet.

Orlando’s Luxury Leader Launches Unique Farm-to-Table Experiences for Families

Orlando’s Luxury Leader Launches Unique Farm-to-Table Experiences for Families
Grande Lakes Orlando has announced the next phase in its farm-to-fork cuisine philosophy at Whisper Creek Farm, including “Farm to Family.” Families receive a tour of the grounds, a guided farming lesson, a sampling of fresh grown produce and a picnic lunch with farm ingredients.
Family Getaways

Other Industry Stories Through TravelAge West

As part of a collaboration with TravelAge West, we are sharing selected items of interest from their family travel news desk.

2 Day Trips in the Swiss Alps for Families
These two mountain playgrounds in the Swiss Alps offer entertainment for kids, rest and relaxation for parents and spectacular views of the region’s stunning peaks.

Tell Clients to Download These Theme Park Apps
Before visiting a theme park, advise clients to visit the app store.

6 Fun Hawaii Programs for the Whole Family
Participatory arts and crafts programs help families channel the creative spirit of the Hawaiian Islands.
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