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Family Travel Association Newsletter

Only Three Months Until the FTA Summit! Have You Registered?

Week of July 24, 2017

This is the newsletter of the Family Travel Association, a 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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Stay Tuned for More Summit News!

We will very soon announce the FTA Summit agenda (or most of, since some speakers are yet to be confirmed) and who is already registered!

Need a reminder? The 2017 FTA Summit is Oct. 23-27, out of Port Canaveral, Florida, on the Royal Caribbean Majesty of the Seas.

As an agenda sneak preview, here’s a dynamic and inspirational evening event to whet your appetite: It’s a cocktail gathering (in the Spectrum Lounge on Deck 8) and open mic night where the topic for discussion is Successful Failures. Casual, off-the-cuff presentations by a handful of Summit delegates will reveal their biggest failures and mistakes (in business, as a parent, in their personal lives etc.) and how those failures led to a success. FTA will hand-select a few opening presenters, but then the mic will be open for anyone who wants to share a five-minute story!

Note too that cabins on the Majesty of the Seas are selling quickly! The FTA still has some in its block (locked in at guaranteed Summit-only rates), but once those cabins are gone, they’re gone. After that, delegates must pay ‘rack rates’ on a cruise that is selling very well (thus prices for non-block cabins will increase the closer we get to sail date).

Until then, check out these pages for further information on the 2017 FTA Summit:
* Agenda
* Past Attendees
* Travel Information
* FAM Tours
* Registration

Give Family Travelers the Resources They Need

Rainer Jenss recently shared his thoughts about family travel in a lengthy interview for the Destination on the Left Podcast. He covered why he started the FTA and how we collaborate with destinations to serve the $200 billion family travel industry.

Destination on the Left

Family Travel and Camping

In the most recent edition of our consumer-facing newsletter, we looked at Family Travel and Camping. With testimonials, tips and suggestions from nearly a dozen travel experts, it answers some important thoughts about the joys of sleeping under the stars.

Family Travel and Camping

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?

Backroads
Backroads
"The FTA’s mission is perfectly aligned to our approach to family travel. As leaders in family travel, we firmly believe that active family vacations are the perfect way to experience and learn about the world and different cultures, while also engaging with local communities. We see families experience places in very authentic ways when they journey over the landscape under their own power. We are very excited to join forces with the FTA to help expand the market of active travel for families with kids of all ages and interests."
– Tom Hale, Founder and President
Eagle Creek
Eagle Creek
"We joined the FTA because we know our products are tough and built to keep you organized, which is perfect for family travel. We believe our gear truly helps moms and dads everywhere stay organized with their kid’s gear. So, we joined the FTA to connect with this audience in a more authentic way."
– Jessica Dodson, Brand Marketing Manager
Family Go Global
Family Go Global
"Family Go Global looks forward to being an active member of the FTA network! We are excited to learn from you, the experts in the space, and forge alliances that help us all to move the family travel industry forward. This year we will be expanding our agency's services to include a-la-carte travel experiences in addition to the educational group tours that we have been offering for the last five years. We look forward to connecting with you all in person at the Summit and staying connected online."
– Rebecca Bernard, Chief Travel Officer
Ireland Family Vacations
Ireland Family Vacations
"Ireland Family Vacations is thrilled to support the Family Travel Association in their mission of inspiring families to explore and educating them on how to do it responsibly."
– Jody Halsted, Publisher & Ireland Vacation Coach
LEGOLAND Florida Resort
LEGOLAND Florida Resort
"LEGOLAND Florida Resort is excited to join the FTA. As a theme park that’s built for kids, we believe this partnership is a wonderful opportunity to reach families and help them plan a seamless family vacation where learning is fun and ‘brick-tastic’ memories are made."
– Brittany Williams, Public Relations Manager
Ohana Sunscapes, LLC
Ohana Sunscapes, LLC
"In the Hawaiian language, 'ohana' means family, and we are proud to be a member of the FTA. Through our membership, we look forward to working to bring awareness and education to our traveling families. Travel is the best educational experience for children - it brings their textbooks to life."
– Patti Casas, Owner, CTA, ACC
Valerie Wilson Travel
Valerie Wilson Travel
"From a leisure perspective, our primary focus is on ‘Family Leisure Travel.’ We understand that today's families have hectic schedules, and our well-seasoned Advisors take great pride in customizing memorable itineraries that maximize a family's time together. We made the decision to join the FTA in an effort to work closer with its member partners to promote and support all types of family travel. Working in this collaborative manner will allow us to continue to grow as an industry leader while focusing on offering the very best options to our clients."
– Virginia Caragol, Executive Director Leisure

Family Travel Association Member News

Why We Love Family Travel (And You Should, Too!)

Why We Love Family Travel (And You Should, Too!)
The family that travels together, stays together. There is research behind this statement. And many organizations are passionate about getting families to travel. One of them, a travel agency called Guru Travel, has identified six reasons why they love family travel and think everyone else should too.

Finding the Right Vacation for Your Family: A Quick Guide to Designing Your Next Getaway Around Your Family’s Interests

Finding The Right Vacation for Your Family
No two families are alike. So why do so many family vacation packages look the same? Our Whole Village believes vacations should be just as varied as the families who take them? So they identified three types of family travel to help figure out which best fits a family’s unique interests and needs.

Vacation Trend: Slow Travel for Families Living in the Fast Lane

Making Hotels Friendlier for Families: 1+1=3
For families in the fast lane, slow travel is highly recommended: travel that is off the beaten track, with a bad internet connection, and where the local pace of life is at odds with the frenzied pace back home. Fortunately, slow travel destinations are on the rise, says the travel experts at Elevate Destinations.

Making Hotels Friendlier for Families: 1+1=3

Making Hotels Friendlier for Families: 1+1=3
There has always been a lot of talk from the hotel industry about how to service business travelers. But has it taken as much care on the family travel front? Here’s a great look by Family Vacation Critic at how hotels are making families happy, as well as where more work is needed.

The Comprehensive Guide to Flying with Kids

The Comprehensive Guide to Flying with Kids
Parents know how stressful flying with kids can be – ear-popping, constant bathroom use, boundless energy when it’s time to calm down and exhaustion when it’s time to rush. Parents need to be prepared. So Travelex Insurance Services prepared a comprehensive guide for everything parents need to know about flying with kids.

8 Family Travel Safety Tips for a Hassle-Free Vacation

8 Family Travel Safety Tips for a Hassle-Free Vacation
Vacations are a great way for families to connect and make lasting memories. But to ensure the best holiday possible, extra precautions are advisable as protection against unwanted mishaps, especially with children present. Here are eight family travel safety tips for a hassle-free trip.

Travel Videos for Children with Autism, Anxiety and Other Special Needs

Travel Videos for Children with Autism, Anxiety and Other Special Needs
Spectrum Travel Social Story Videos are travel videos for kids with autism and travel anxiety. They're told by parents for parents and by autistic kids for autistic kids. Here’s one about how to trade mini-figures at LEGOLAND Florida. And here’s the Kickstarter campaign to help them make more!

Babierge Announces Partnership with Destination Hotels

Babierge Announces Partnership with Destination Hotels
Leading baby gear rental marketplace Babierge recently announced a partnership with Destination Hotels to offer guests quality baby gear to use during their stays and allow traveling families to enjoy all the comforts of home.

Eagle Creek’s Expanse Collection Targets Traveling Families

Eagle Creek’s Expanse Collection Targets Traveling Families
Eagle Creek has introduced its new Expanse Collection, designed just for families. It comes with embedded technology, including a Central Lock Point and Secure-Zip Toggles™ for pick-pocket protection, scuff resistant armor, water repellent fabric, reflectivity and lockable, self-repairing zippers.

Tauck Bridges E-Brochure for Kids

Tauck Bridges E-Brochure for Kids
Every year, the all-inclusive family-friendly river cruise company Tauck Bridges publishes a children’s e-brochure. Peppered with fun trivia facts relating to each destination, it is designed to engage children in the vacation planning process. That’s smart marketing.

Savanna Lodge Champions Family-Friendly Experiences in South Africa 

Savanna Lodge Champions Family-Friendly Experiences in South Africa 
South Africa's Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve is home the luxury family-friendly accommodation Savanna Lodge, which offers a unique Bush Babies program through which children receive tailor-made goodie bush bag with items to add to their safari experience.

Sandos Playacar Now Has Parties for Teens Every Night

Sandos Playacar Now Has Parties for Teens Every Night
Sandos Playacar Beach Resort is known for its fun-filled family vacations. But it also has something many other resorts don’t: special amenities for teens. And now its Lite Teen Club also has a special party every day of the week (at 9 p.m.) with dancing, games, video games and more.

The Latest Edition of Out & About with Kids Is Out and About

Out & About with Kids #53
The newest edition of Out & about with Kids has just been released. Among other things, it explores the 2017/2018 northern hemisphere ski season, the best wildlife experiences around the world, goes in search of orangutans in Sumatra, finds happiness in Fiji and seven awesome reasons for family travel to Macao.
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.

How to Deal with Jet Lag When You’re Traveling with Kids by Nancy Beshara in Luxe Travel Family

U.S. National Park Campgrounds Tip: Public vs. Private by Dave Parfitt in Adventures by Daddy

Summer in Vail : An Epic Adventure by Priya Vin in Outside Suburbia

Family Travel Industry News

Millennial Families Spending and Traveling During a Projected Travel Industry Slowdown

Millennial Families Spending and Traveling During a Projected Travel Industry Slowdown
According to MMGY Global’s Portrait of American Travelers® survey, in a year of projected slowdown for travel, Millennial families will spend and travel more than all other generations. Although the 60 million traveling households in the U.S. will spend less, the 9.5 million American Millennial households intend to spend 19% more.

The Younger the Generation, the More Well-Traveled

The Younger the Generation, the More Well-Traveled
Millennials are now the largest generation in the U.S. and the Travel Through Generations report by eDreams shows that Millennials are five times more well-traveled than their grandparents. How long before kids are 10 times more well-traveled than their grandparents?

12 Tips for Traveling with a Teenager

12 Tips for Traveling with a Teenager
While globe-trotting with a small child has its challenges – keeping them entertained on long car rides and fed on healthy snacks in-flight – traveling with a teenager brings up some unique issues too. Here are one family’s 12 tips that help keep trips with teens interesting and fun for the entire family.

The World's a Book: 10 Places That Bring Children's Literature to Life

The World's a Book: 10 Places That Bring Children's Literature to Life
In the right hands, a story is more than just a story. Sometimes it can trigger a lifetime of travel. In one case, the book was Mervyn Peake’s Letters from a Lost Uncle, a fantasy travelogue whose illustrations of far-off places launched a travel writing career that has now spanned 20 years and counting.

How To Have A Family Holiday On A Shoestring

How To Have A Family Holiday On A Shoestring
Family holidays don’t come cheap. Just look at the average amount of money spent by families in the U.K. The good news is there are lots of tips that can help make a family holiday cheaper. Here are a few best budget tips to help save on this year’s family holiday.
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.

Cruise Review: MSC Meraviglia
MSC Meraviglia offers state-of-the-art onboard technology, delicious dining and daily entertainment.

Hotel Review: Averill's Flathead Lake Lodge
Unexpected surprises, Western hospitality and a mix of equine and water activities make a visit here something special.

5 Must-See Asia National Parks for Wildlife and More
These five national parks showcase some of Asia’s best landscapes and wildlife.
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