FTA Summit 2017

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‘Better Together – Fostering inclusion in family travel’

October 23 – 27, 2017 • Royal Caribbean International’s Majesty of the Seas • Port Canaveral, Florida

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The FTA’s annual Summit is a trade-only, conference-style event that brings together family travel experts, industry leaders, travel agents, and media for three full days of inspiring presentations, interactive workshops, enlightening research, and a diverse array of networking opportunities. It is becoming the preeminent industry event to:

  • Network with family-focused tour operators and media
  • Further personal development and knowledge of the trends in family travel
  • Help promote family products to the travel industry’s influencers and decision-makers

You can get a sense of the energy and opportunities that abound at the FTA Summit by checking out this video of members and attendees at last year’s event:

 

2017 FTA Summit Agenda

We recently announced the theme for the 2017 FTA Summit: ‘Better Together – Fostering inclusion in family travel’.

The faces of families has changed enormously in recent times. And with those changes has come a major metamorphosis in the faces of family travel. Now we’re pleased to tackle the importance of inclusion, because we believe in extended and “blended” and “voluntary kin” clans, single-parent households and those with two dads or two moms, families of different and mixed races or hailing from different cultures, homes where one or more members have special needs… and any combinations of the above!

This year’s Summit agenda will again be filled with opportunities to network with peers, absorb cutting-edge trends and key information, connect with media, and more!

Please note that this ‘wireframe’ Summit program is a work in progress. Thus it is very much still open to adjustments as details are finalized.


Monday, Oct. 23 (travel day, then depart Port Canaveral)

9:00 AM – 3:oo PM Summit registration (Conference Center, Deck 7)

12:00 PM – All flights must arrive to Orlando before noon, per RCCL regulations

12:00 PM – 4:00 PM – Exhibitor set up

4:00 PM – Majesty of the Seas sets sail!

6:30-8:00 PM – Reception sponsored by RCCL (Spectrum Lounge, Deck 8)

8:30 PM – Dinner. Note that we’ll have assigned seating on this first night, but then ’round robin’ dining for the remainder of the dinners – where you’ll be able to move around and choose your own seat within our assigned dining section. (Moonlight Dinging Room, Deck 4)

10:30 PM – Pub o’ the Night for informal, ‘no host’ networking (Schooner Bar, Deck 5)!


Tuesday, Oct. 24 (at sea)

9:00-12:00  Opening Keynotes and ‘State of the FTA’ presentations! (A Chorus Line Lounge, Deck 5)

12:30 PM – Lunch (Moonlight Dinging Room, Deck 4)

2:00-2:45 PM – Breakout Sessions #1 (Adventure, Explorer, and Voyager conference rooms, Deck 7)

3:00-3:45 PM – Breakout Sessions #2 (Adventure, Explorer, and Voyager conference rooms, Deck 7)

4:00-4:45 PM – Breakout Sessions #3 (Adventure, Explorer, and Voyager conference rooms, Deck 7)

4:45-6:30 PM – Informal networking/freshen up

6:30-8:00 PM – Sponsored cocktail (Spectrum Lounge, Deck 8)

8:30 PM – Dinner (formal night) and awards presentation, with ’round robin’ dining, where you’re able to move around and choose your own seat within our assigned dining section (Moonlight Dinging Room, Deck 4)

10:30 PM – Pub o’ the Night for informal, ‘no host’ networking (Boleros Lounge, Deck 7)!


Wednesday, Oct. 25 (Nassau, Bahamas)

7:00 AM – Majesty of the Seas docks in Nassau

9:00-10:20 AM – Keynote speakers

10:30 AM -12:30 PM – Networking activities in/around Nassau, possibly to include:

  • Snorkeling
  • SCUBA
  • Fishing
  • Nassau historical tours
  • Nassau shopping
  • Kayaking

1:00 PM – Shipboard lunch in the Moonlight Dining Room

3:00-5:00 PM – Networking activities in/around Nassau, possibly to include:

  • Snorkeling
  • SCUBA
  • Fishing
  • Nassau historical tours
  • Nassau shopping
  • Kayaking

5:00 PM – Freshen up

6:30-8:00 PM – Sponsored cocktail (Spectrum Lounge, Deck 8)

8:30 PM – Dinner, with ’round robin’ dining, where you’re able to move around and choose your own seat within our assigned dining section (Moonlight Dinging Room, Deck 4)

10:30 PM – Pub o’ the Night for informal, ‘no host’ networking (Schooner Bar, Deck 5)!

11:00 PM – Any Summit guests departing early will check out and depart the Majesty of the Seas for local hotels before flying out of Nassau in the morning

11:59 PM – Majesty of the Seas departs Nassau


Thursday, Oct. 26 (Cococay)

8:00 AM – Majesty of the Seas anchors at Cococay

9:00 AM – Tenders to Cococay

9:30-11:30 AM – Networking activities on Cococay, possibly to include:

  • Snorkeling
  • SCUBA
  • Fishing
  • Volleyball
  • Hikes
  • Kayaking

12:00 PM – Buffet lunch (on Cococay)

1:00 PM – Delegates tender back to Majesty of the Seas

2:00-3:30 PM – Industry Charette: Delegates will break up into groups to find moderated solutions to the challenge of ‘How to Include More Families in Travel’ (Spectrum Lounge, Deck 8)

3:45-5:15 PM – Media Meet-Up! – Meet the attending trade and consumer media that are attending the Summit (Spectrum Lounge, Deck 7)

4:00 PM Majesty of the Seas departs Cococay

5:30-6:30 PM – Informal networking/freshen up

6:30-8:00 PM – Sponsored cocktail (Spectrum Lounge, Deck 8)

8:30 PM – Dinner, with ’round robin’ dining, where you’re able to move around and choose your own seat within our assigned dining section (Moonlight Dinging Room, Deck 4)

10:30 PM – Pub o’ the Night for informal, ‘no host’ networking (Boleros Lounge, Deck 7)!


Friday, Oct. 27 (arrive Port Canaveral, then travel day)

7:00 AM – Majesty of the Seas arrives Port Canaveral

7:30-10AM – Delegates depart Majesty of the Seas for shuttles to airports or post-tours


Post-Tours

Stay tuned for opportunities for media and buyers to participate in post-Summit FAM tours!

 


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