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Categories: Blogger, Editor, Journalist, Writer
Since the mid-1980s, Ethan Gelber has patrolled all corners of the travel industry, but his most recent endeavors have included a special emphasis on family travel as Director of Editorial for the Family Travel Association, which inspires families to travel more.
He is also a freelance writer, editor, communications strategist, content marketer and translator of more than 20 years and scores of projects focused on travel, culture and education. He specializes in family travel, responsible and sustainable travel practices, keeping things local, and quality and relevance in publishing and destination marketing.
His written work, including as a Lonely Planet author, AFAR Ambassador and Huffington Post blogger, has appeared (credited and uncredited) in dozens of magazines and websites. Adventures Less Ordinary: How to Travel and Do Good, an anthology he commissioned and edited about volunteer and philanthropic travel, was released this year by Horizon Travel Press.
Other recent entrepreneurial undertakings include working as an independent contractor (in editorial) for HomeExchange.com, the worldwide leader of home exchanges; co-founding Outbounding, a community-powered platform for identifying, celebrating and distributing excellent travel content; co-organizing the New York Travel Festival, an immersive event (now entering its fourth year) for a new generation of travelers; and editing The Travel Word, a website he founded in 2009 that showcases responsible, sustainable and local travel.
He has also been co-director of a Paris-based bicycle tour operator; founder and president of a non-profit focused on “educational internet adventures”; staff writer/editor/producer for GORP.com, one of the Internet’s earliest outdoor lifestyle websites, and the now-defunct Travelllll.com, for which he focused on responsible travel issues; publications manager of the French government tourist office (Atout France) in NYC; Chief Communications Officer of the WHL Group, the largest local-travel company in the world; co-founder of Destination Accelerator, which managed education and networking opportunities for destination marketers; co-conspirator behind EcoAdventure Media, a content marketing platform designed to support eco-conscious brands; and co-instigator of the Local Travel Movement, a platform for people passionate about local travel.
Ethan has a BA from Yale University and MIA (Master of International Affairs) from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.
Articles by Ethan Gelber
We asked our members to share their top tips about making responsible family travel decisions. Here’s what they had to say.Continue Reading Story
An eye-opening account of the complex context and experience of an American family’s visit to a Chinese migrant workers’ school.Continue Reading Story
Regardless of budget, all families deserve great vacations. To help, travel agents must embrace cost-conscious family travel.Continue Reading Story
The Family Travel Association successfully completed its first-ever FTA Travel Agent Council Forum of the industry’s leading family travel agents.Continue Reading Story
At the 2017 New York Times Travel Show, scheduled for January 27 to 29, 2017, at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, one of the newest developments will be the Family Travel Pavilion.Continue Reading Story
The hard work has paid off! Within a year, airlines will be required to keep families flying together thanks to a new law passed by the U.S. Congress.Continue Reading Story
Nobody likes to be played for a fool, but that’s what’s often the case when you visit, volunteer at or contribute to an overseas “orphanage.” Perhaps traveling families should take a stand and call for an end to orphanage tourism.Continue Reading Story
After the earthquake in Ecuador the staff, family and guests of our four Ecuador-based members are OK… and busy contributing to relief and tourism efforts.Continue Reading Story
The Family Travel Association is proud to partner with and pledge its support to the White House’s Every Kid in a Park campaign. Join us!Continue Reading Story
Last week saw only partial success after the push to support family-friendly language to help families flying together sit together.Continue Reading Story
The Family Travel Association has thrown its weight behind a congressional effort to pass language from the Families Flying Together Act.Continue Reading Story
Today we share in the outpouring of grief and remembrance after the untimely passing of Keith Bellows, our director of consumer engagement.Continue Reading Story
The face of families has changed enormously since Norman Rockwell’s days. And with those changes has come a major metamorphosis in the faces of family travel. (This is the first of our 12 FTA Spotlight: Re/Defining Family Travel topics.)Continue Reading Story