Family Travel Association Summit Program

Family Travel Association Summit Program

Sunday, September 27, 2015

2:00 p.m. – Checkin at ranch
5:00 p.m. – Reception / Orientation
6:00 p.m. – Welcome Dinner

Monday, September 28, 2015

9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. – Presentations

9:00 Rainer Jenss, Family Travel Association – Introduction
9:30 Jim Pickell, HomeExchange – The Sharing Economy’s Impact on Traveling Families
10:00 Sarah Gavin, Expedia – Why Vacation Deprived Is the New Sleep Deprived and What to Do About It
10:30 Wendy Perrin, – The Unique Challenges Parents Face When Traveling with Children, followed by Panel Discussion with Ida Keiper (Starbrite Traveler) and Eileen Ogintz (Taking the Kids)
11:15 Margo Peyton, Family Dive Adventures – Keeping Kids Safe on the Road
11:45 Sarah Liaram, Sanctuary Retreats – Families Giving Back

6:00 p.m. – Dinner (sponsored by Montana Office of Tourism)

Tuesday, September 29, 2105

9:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. – Presentations

9:00 Randy Garfield, USTA – What Happened to the American Vacation?
9:30 Kara Wallace, Royal Caribbean – How Technology Is Changing the Way Families Travel Together
10:00 Richard Wiese, Born to Explore – Travel That You Cannot Find in the Guidebooks
10:30 Panel: The Future of Family Travel with Heidi Mitchell (Travel+Leisure), Jeremy Saum (AFAR), Lissa Harnish-Poirot (Family Vacation Critic) and Bonnie Levengood (MSC Cruises)
11:15 Chris Elliott, USA Today – Finding Your Inner Consumer Advocate
11:45 Nancy Sathre-Vogel – Roadschooling: How Travel Facilitates Learning

6:00 p.m. – Dinner

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

10 a.m. – Checkout

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Shreehari Thapaliya

Hi there! My name is Shreehari Thapaliya. I’m CEO and founder of Trekking Team Group, the one and only certified agent of the Family Travel Association in Nepal. I started working in the tourism sector at the age of 16, soon after my school graduation. Since then I have been operating trips in the Himalaya […]

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