Family Travel Association Summit Recap
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About the Mountain Sky Guest Ranch
Welcome to the Inaugural Family Travel Association Summit
I am thrilled you could be here for the first of many notable events presented by the Family Travel Association. We appreciate how far you have journeyed to reach this breathtaking part of the world and ask you to join us in heartfelt thanks to our wonderful hosts at the Mountain Sky Guest Ranch.
I am especially grateful to our charter members, many of which are here today. You took an important leap of faith and we hope you are as proud as we are of what we have accomplished so far. We look forward to continued growth–in size and impact–in the year ahead.
But first things first: we are excited for what promises to be a remarkable retreat in Emigrant, Montana!
As the first event of its kind, the FTA Summit brings together family travel experts, industry leaders, FTA members and the media for two days of inspiring presentations, enlightening research, interactive panels, and a diverse array of networking opportunities. The Summit’s goal is to advance our understanding of the important issues surrounding family travel through the input of a distinguished group of speakers.
But the discussions won’t end here. We plan to disseminate the information presented at the Summit throughout the travel industry and share the results with consumers across the country. We will also be revisiting many of the core themes, critical issues and influential voices over the next 12 months as part of our FTA Spotlight on Re/Defining Family Travel. After all, we believe in educating our consumers, as well as our members and those of you fortunate enough to have attended the FTA Summit in person.
At the end of our time together, we are confident that all Summit attendees will have forged new and meaningful relationships, and developed a better understanding and appreciation of the pivotal role travel plays in children’s lives, as well as how families can benefit from traveling together.
Thank you again for coming. This will be an enjoyable and memorable few days.
President & Founder
Family Travel Association
Around The World at Two Years Old
A Family Travel Association member’s son is now the youngest American to ever visit all seven continents. Travel expert Lesley Carter of Bucket List Publications has been traveling her entire life, visiting nearly 100 countries at this point. WhileContinue Reading Story
Q&A: Ashish Sanghrajka, Big Five Tours & Expeditions
Big Five Tours & Expeditions began in Kenya in 1973 as a safari company for East Africa. This year, the family business celebrates 50 years of offering travel all around the world. Started by Mahen Sanghrajka after he discovered a love of travel,Continue Reading Story
G Adventures Forms New Holding Company, G Travel Community
The new year is already seeing changes in the travel industry, including the formation of a new holding company for community tourism pioneer and small-group adventure operator G Adventures. The new holding company will bring existing and new brand aContinue Reading Story
Q&A: Rauf Shakir, CEO of USA Guided Tours
Traveling with USA Guided Tours means a personalized approach to sightseeing, led by locals with a passion for their city. The company was started nearly a decade ago by Rauf Shakir and partners. He had years of experience in DC hospitality, workingContinue Reading Story
Family Travel Association (FTA) Announces Partnership with Signature Travel Network
New York – September 19, 2022 – The Family Travel Association (FTA) has formed its first partnership with a consortia: Signature Travel Network, a member-owned community of leading travel agencies, representing more than 10,000 travel advisorContinue Reading Story
Q&A: Dawn M. Barclay, Traveling Different
Dawn M. Barclay has spent more than 30 years in the travel industry, as a travel reporter, a travel agent, sales and marketing, Global Luxury Suites, an international limo company and more. Recently, she’s combined that experience with research andContinue Reading Story
Q&A: Loulu Lima, Chief Travel Guru of Book Here, Give Here
Book Here, Give Here was founded by Loulu Lima in 2015 as a way for travelers to not only see the world, but to do it in a socially conscious way. This minority- and woman-owned business based in Austin, Texas supports responsible travel with a causeContinue Reading Story
Q&A: Mariana Watson, Commercial Director of Coltur Peru
Coltur Peru has spent 65 years spreading a love for Peru and creating positive impact through travel. The travel company has roots in a family history of adventure and travel, “deeply engrained ethics, extensive knowledge of our country and unwaverContinue Reading Story
Q&A with Jessica Griscavage, Founder of Runway Travel
As a Family Travel Association board member for the last three years and new chair of the association’s Travel Advisor committee, Jessica Griscavage cares deeply about making family travel unforgettable. After many years working for McCabe World TrContinue Reading Story
Q&A: Eric Lutey, Business Development Manager for Family Travel Association
FTA is proud to announce our new business development manager, Eric Lutey; who brings many years of tour and travel industry experience to the role. Lutey started his career a little over 20 years ago, working as a student tour operator in Michigan,Continue Reading Story
Q&A With David Gilmore, Director Strategic Partnerships for Panorama Travel Solutions
Working with Panorama, a Travel and Leisure Co. brand, David Gilmore’s goal is to help travel businesses bring convenience, information, inspiration and value to their customers. Panorama is delivering a full suite of travel solutions and B2B partnContinue Reading Story
Q&A with Chitra Stern, CEO of Martinhal
Owner and founding board member of Martinhal Family Hotels & Resorts, Chitra is a passionate entrepreneur and real-estate & hotel developer, working alongside her business-partner and husband, Roman, on their projects in Portugal. They have hContinue Reading Story