This year’s FTA Summit is extra special as it marks the 5–year anniversary of our official launch — back in October of 2014. To mark the occasion, we will celebrate some of our past successes and programs. But more importantly, we’ll be looking towards the future and where this organization wants to be five years from now.
Meanwhile, we’re proud to once again be gathering some of the most influential and passionate people in our industry. Together, we will address the issues affecting our businesses and explore the opportunities they present.
We will share best practices and showcase how our mission to inspire families to travel has been advanced… and by whom. That includes announcing the 2019 Family Travel Association Person of the Year, awarded in the memory of Keith Bellows, the former editor-in-chief of National Geographic Traveler and one of the guiding forces behind the creation of the FTA back in 2014. We also will continue what we started last year with FTA Honors, a program designed to showcase those who, besides the Person of the Year, deserve to be recognized.
When it comes to pursuing our mission, we’ve been very busy developing programs since we met at last year’s Summit in Bermuda. Most notably, the FTA’s advocacy campaign, #TakeFamilyTime which launches this month. This initiative is meant to inspire parents to make the most of ALL their available vacation days and prioritize traveling together as a family by emphasizing the powerful and enduring benefits travel has on family life and a child’s well-being. And as part of a special workshop, attendees will have a chance to help us shape the types of programs we develop to take on this challenge.
The FTA continues to produce groundbreaking research as well, which for the fifth year in a row has been spearheaded by Dr. Lynn Minnaert from NYU. We’ve also joined forces with Meredith Media and G Adventures to bring us even deeper levels of insights.
Speaking of sponsors, we’re also very grateful for those who are supporting this year’s Summit: MSC Cruises, PADI, Allianz Global Assistance, Kampgrounds of America, Go RVing, and of course, the South Dakota Department of Tourism and its partners. Without their help, this event would not be possible. Thank you!
It promises to be a very special Summit for sure. What better place to celebrate our first five years, and prepare for the next five, then Custer State Park Resort — and on Wednesday night, Mt. Rushmore all to ourselves. Need I say more!
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