October 7-10, 2018 • Fairmont Southampton, Bermuda

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2018 FTA Summit Agenda

Sunday, Oct. 7

Upon Arrival Check in for Badges and Program
2:45pm – 4:00pm

Welcome Remarks/Introductions

Rainer Jenss, President & Founder, Family Travel Association

4:00pm – 5:00pm

Making Connections/Meet Ups

All Delegates

6:30pm – 9:00pm Depart Hotel at 5:45pm

Opening Reception and Dinner

Hosted by: Bermuda Tourism Authority
Commissioner’s House at Royal Navy Dockyard

Monday, October 8

8:45am – 9:00am

Opening Remarks

Rainer Jenss, President & Founder, Family Travel Association
Kevin Dallas, CEO, Bermuda Tourism Authority

9:00am – 9:30am

Special Q&A:

Kristin Karst, Co-Owner & EVP, AmaWaterways will engage in a lively and informative Q&A with FTA Founder Rainer Jenss (view presentation)

9:30am – 9:45am

FTA Year in Review

Rainer Jenss, President & Founder, Family Travel Association (view presentation)

9:50am – 10:30am

FTA Research

Peter Bopp, Director of Strategy, Family Travel Association
(view presentation)
Lynn Minnaert, Clinical Associate Professor & Academic Chair, NYU – Tisch Center for Hospitality and Tourism (view video)
Michael Erdman, SVP, Longwoods International (view presentation)
Heather Greenwood Davis & Claire Zlobin, Canadian Market Study (view presentation)

10:30am – 10:50am

Coffee Break / Networking / Sponsor Tables

10:50am – 11:30am

Panel Discussion:
Helping to Make Travel Affordable for Families Who Don’t Think They Can Afford It

Caroline Lombardi, Director of Youth / Family, Carnival Cruise Line
Sally Black, Owner, Vacation Kids
Michael Gast, Communications Director, Kampgrounds of America (KOA)
Erin Kirkland, Author, Travel Journalist, Outdoor Advocate, Kirkland Family Media (view presentation)

11:35am – 12:15pm

Panel Discussion:
Communications Strategies: Caribbean Comeback

John Speers, Client Services & Strategy Director, Concept Farm (view presentation) | (Sad Tweets video)
Leah Chandler, CMO, Discover Puerto Rico (watch video)
Catherine Lengers Beyt, CCTE, CEO, NHS Voyages
Moderator: Laura Begley Bloom, Chief Content Officer, Family Traveller

12:15pm – 12:45pm


Kelli Carpenter & Gregg Kaminsky, Founders, R Family Vacations (view presentation)

1:00pm – 2:30pm

Lunch / Networking

On the Beach!

2:30pm – 6:00pm

Afternoon Activities / Networking

Options Include:
Golf, Tennis, Pool, Beach, Snorkeling, Scuba


“FTA Honors” Reception / Dinner

Sponsored By: MSC Cruises

Tuesday, October 9

8:45am – 9:00am

Opening Remarks

Rainer Jenss, President & Founder, Family Travel Association

9:00am – 9:40am

Panel Discussion:
Content Marketing Targeting Families

Colleen Kelly, TV Host, Family Travel with Colleen Kelly (see video)
Wanda Goodman, Deputy Director, South Dakota Department of Tourism (see video)
Trevor Meers, Editorial Content Director, Meredith Travel Marketing Content Studio (see video)
Moderator: Richard D’Ambrosio, Communications Director, FTA

9:45am – 10:15am


Christie Holmes, Co-Founder & CEO, Global CommUnity (view presentation)

10:15am – 11:00am

Panel Discussion:

Make Travel Accessible for Families with Special Needs
Liz Kaiser, Partnership Marketing Director, Beaches Resorts
Myron Pincomb, Board Chairman, IBCCES (view presentation)
Alice Horn, CEO, Villa Key (view video)

11:00am – 11:20am

Coffee Break / Networking / Sponsor Tables

11:30am – 12:00pm


Katie Denis, Vice President & Cait DeBaun, Project Time Off (view presentation)

12:00pm – 12:45pm

Legal Issues You Need to Know Impacting Family Travel

Jeff Ment, Managing Partner, Ment Law Group (view presentation)

Best Practices: Using Social Media & Editorial to Generate Leads

Amie O’Shaughnessy, Founder & CEO, Ciao Bambino
Keryn Means, Co-Founder, Twist Travel Magazine (view presentation)

1:00pm – 2:30pm

Lunch / Networking

Windows on the Sound, Fairmont Southampton

2:45pm – 3:30pm

Scale Your Business Using Online Marketing and Sales Automation

Peter Ross, Co-Founder, 829 Studios

Media Center Round-Up (For Media Only)

(view presentation)

Travel Agent Round-Up

3:30pm – 4:15pm

Panel Discussion:
Emerging Destinations for Families

Listen to the podcast about it here!
Ryan Connolly, Co-Founder, Hidden Iceland
Chad Olin, CEO & Founder, Cuba Candela
Jared Alster, VP Marketing, Cox & Kings
Moderator: Aaron Schlein, Producer, Family Travel Radio

4:15pm – 5:00pm


Gordon Hartman, Founder, Morgan’s Wonderland (see video)


Closing Reception / Dinner

Hosted by: Great Faces Great Places, South Dakota Tourism

Wednesday, October 10

11:00am Hotel Check out
Press / Agent Post-Summit Trips Depart