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New FTA Board Members Announced

To kick off the new year, the President of the FTA, Rainer Jenss, announced the addition of four new members to the Advisory Board: Mike Janes, Ben Perlo, Peter Ross, Ashish Sanghrajka.   The Advisory Board is comprised of a variety of industry luminaries who have a strong belief in our mission and the expertise to help […]

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Intrepid Travel Product Managers Are Parents Too

The itineraries and experiences empowering families traveling with adventure tour operator and FTA Member Intrepid Travel, often result from the personal experiences of employees like Family Brand and Product Manager, Dyan McKie. Based in Melbourne, Australia, McKie has been in the travel industry for 20 years, but today uses her personal insight as the mother […]

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Family Travel Radio – Affordable Vacations are as Simple as a Mindset Shift

Author and freelance writer Erin Kirkland talks with Family Travel Radio’s Aaron Schlein about how travel is more affordable when parents shift their perspective. Budget travel has “negative connotations,” Kirkland tells Schlein. “We need to start thinking about shifting our mindset, and make the phrases affordable and budget, come back to being something meaningful.” In […]

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Costa Rica Hosts FTA Media

Il Viaggio Travel, a San José, Costa Rica, ground operator, recently took advantage of one of the greatest FTA member benefits – the ability to connect with other members, create meaningful business relationships, and help parents discover what our members are offering traveling families. The company recently launched a new product line – Costa Rica […]

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Celebrity Cruises earns Special Needs Group award

Celebrity Cruises recently was named the 2018 Power Partner by the Special Needs Group (SNG), an organization that seeks to educate travel industry professionals about the issues faced by some travelers with accessibility challenges. Celebrity Cruises, an FTA member, is the first supplier to have successfully completed SNG’s Certified Accessible Travel Advocate (CATA) program, and […]

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Recommend Magazine Survey: How travel agents are booking family travel

Recommend Magazine is interested in learning how travel agents are booking family travel, how it has changed and grown over the last few years, and how niches within the general segment are changing how travel advisors sell this particular demographic. That’s why Recommend is partnering with the FTA to better understand family traveler booking practices […]

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Canadian Families Have a Passion For Travel

Canadians prioritize visiting new places and exploring with their children, according to a survey recently presented at the 2018 Family Travel Association Summit. Canadian families have a tremendous passion for getting away together, as evidenced by the 81 percent who told the Family Travel Association (FTA) that they are “very likely” or “likely” to travel […]

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Day 2: The Momentum Continues

Still glowing from an evening of awards and networking, attendees reconvened on Day 2, Tuesday, focused on supporting families whose special needs aren’t always being met by the travel industry. Tuesday morning also included an eye-opening main session about the special challenges that families with special needs members face in feeling comfortable traveling. Myron Pincomb, […]

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Reaching the Summit

More than 150 travel industry members will be meeting at the Fairmont Southampton Princess in less than two weeks, for the FTA’s 2018 Summit. Hosted by the Bermuda Tourism Authority, this year’s summit will focus on “Innovation,” as we gather to discuss issues like the affordability of family travel, travel for families with special needs, […]

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On the Air: Announcing Family Travel Radio

On October 1st, The Family Travel Association (FTA) will launch Family Travel Radio, a podcast designed to help parents discover what’s possible when it comes to traveling with their children. Family Travel Radio will be hosted by podcasting veteran Aaron Schlein, who has produced nearly 100 episodes of two existing podcasts, Dramatic Travels Family and […]

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Life Travel Map by Global CommUnity

Raising a global citizen takes planning The key years for travel with your child are ages 5 to 18.  During those 13 years, families are also juggling extracurricular activities and life road bumps that will further limit your travel time options.  That is why Global CommUnity created the Life Travel Map.  You can study the destination […]

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Beyond the Beach: Unexpected Travel Destinations for Families with Fun and Learning in Mind

Luxury travel agents from Tzell Travel share their tips for unforgettable experiences for families around the world Experiential travel is hot and it’s not just for grownups. Travel Leaders Group’s recent Travel Trends survey revealed that luxury travelers are most interested in experiential travel and that’s no different for families, according to Tzell Travel Group […]

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Longwoods International and the Family Travel Association join forces to promote family travel in the U.S.

Longwoods International, a leader in tourism market research, and the Family Travel Association, the leading coalition of the family travel industry, have teamed up to produce a new profile of family travel in the United States. Their study, released today, is called the Profile of the American Family Traveler. It taps into Longwoods ongoing Travel […]

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Heed call to help make family holidays safer

More than 20 holiday operators have signalled their commitment to improving safety on holidays by signing up to contribute their accident and fatality data to the Safer Tourism Foundation (STF). Last week Telegraph Travel launched its campaign for safer, fairer and better travel in 2018, arguing that only when operators agreed to pool their statistics […]

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New Growth Potential in Family Travel Market

Travel agents definitely have an opportunity when it comes to selling to families who are craving information and price transparency. According to a new study by the Family Travel Association (FTA) and the NYU School of Professional Studies (NYUSPS) Jonathan M. Tisch Center for Hospitality and Tourism, opportunity is being left on the table in […]

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FTA Summit 2018

The annual FTA Summit is a trade-only, conference-style event that brings together the leading players and key influencers in family travel, including top suppliers, A-list media and travel agents who specialize in this important market segment. Come prepared to network with fellow FTA members and industry professionals while gaining key insights and learning about best practices from […]

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Help a Charity While Growing Your Business

FTA members have been invited to take part in the first Travel/Culinary Auction on Charity Buzz (see link with details). This online marketplace offers experiences and incredible luxury packages bene?ting charitable organizations. They provide access to the largest community of high net worth (median of $3M), philanthropic individuals “shopping” for themselves, family and friends (the […]

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Spring Getaway to Europe’s “West Coast” at Martinhal Sagres Family Beach Resort

With over 300 days of sunshine, warm temperatures year-round and known as a water sports haven, Portugal’s Algarve coast is already a firm favorite beach destination for travelers in the know. For spring getaway far from the crowds, a stay at Martinhal Sagres Beach Family Resort Hotel offers families the perfect beach escape with cultural […]

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FTA Summit – Register Now

The cabin block for the Family Travel Association (FTA) Summit is filling fast. So register now to ensure your ability to network with the best of the family travel industry (including media and agents)! The event is October 23-27 on Royal Caribbean’s Majesty of the Seas and it is your conduit to family travel industry influencers and key decision makers. […]

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