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Meet the Board: Stephanie Lee

Stephanie Lee is the founder of Host Agency Reviews (HAR), a website that connects over 70k visitors a month to travel industry resources. HAR helps people looking to join the travel industry the roadmap to successfully start and grow their travel agencies. Lee began the site 12 years ago and has consistently grown its offerings […]

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Meet the Board: Tamara Gruber

A former marketing executive, Tamara Gruber launched We3Travel.com in 2013 to share her passion for family travel. Now a travel writer and podcaster based in New England, Gruber works to make it easier for others to plan vacations by providing detailed, family-friendly itineraries and destination guides. She is also the co-host of the Vacation Mavens family travel podcast and […]

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Trends in the Family Market Recap

Recently, the Family Travel Association presented an hour-long Lunch & Learn webinar covering the latest Trends in the Family Market, hosted by three experts in the industry. Here are just a few key highlights from the full discussion, which is available to view on the FTA Info Hub: In the 2023 Annual US Family Travel […]

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Meet the Board: Karlene Angus-Smith

Karlene Angus-Smith has been with Sandals’ Unique Vacations since September 2002, working her way up over the years to her current role as Associate Director of Industry Affairs. Her new position allows her to work along with the Director of Industry Affairs, continuing to strengthen the working relationships with travel associations throughout the US. Recently, […]

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2023 US Family Travel Survey Results

The 2023 Family Travel Association annual family travel survey highlights post-pandemic trends, positive attitudes and opportunities for growth. Today, the Family Travel Association released findings from its 2023 U.S. Family Travel Survey on family travel trends. Produced in partnership with the NYU School of Professional Studies, Jonathan M. Tisch Center of Hospitality and Edinburgh Napier […]

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FTA Member Spotlight: The Unique Traveler

As their name implies, The Unique Traveler offers distinct experiences, crafted intentionally with more than 25 years of experience, personal consultations and a worldwide network of travel partners. The tour operator is run by Kristi Howard and Angie Wheeler, the latter of which serves on the Family Travel Association board in order to support the […]

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FTA Member Spotlight: Il Viaggio Travel

Sustainability, accessibility, education—Il Viaggio Travel does it all. While based in Costa Rica, “Il Viaggio” is actually Italian for “travel,” inspired by co-founder Stephanie Sheehy’s family and heritage. The initial hope was to draw in clients from the European country, but Sheehy says it didn’t quite happen like that. Yet, the small business has grown […]

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Welcome to the Family: Discover DeKalb

Just outside of Atlanta, Georgia lies a haven for family travel. North of the downtown area, Discover DeKalb—a new FTA member—represents a group of cities and towns with a hugely diverse selection of travel offerings. Michael Vescio, Director of Sales for Discover DeKalb, told us that the area gets a lot of SMERF (Social, Military, […]

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Lunch & Learn Recap: Cowboy-Cations

Every few weeks, the Family Travel Association is hosting a 30-minute virtual Lunch & Learn with suppliers, industry experts and panel discussions. Being an FTA member, you can not just attend these webinars, but also access the recordings at any time through the member portal. Topics so far have covered Burn Out, 2023 Booking Trends, […]

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