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2019 FTA Summit Receives Rave Reviews

  Four out of five attendees at the Family Travel Association’s 2019 FTA Summit rated the conference as “Excellent” or “Very Good,” according to a post-conference delegate poll. Four out of five delegates also said they would recommend the conference to others in the industry as a result of attending this year’s Summit, Oct. 20-24, […]

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FTA Summit Keynote Speakers Inspire And Educate

As in years past, the 2019 FTA Summit benefited from insightful and inspiring speakers who were able to frame the event with their stories about their businesses, the destinations they open their clients to, and how they have helped families discover the possibilities of travel. On Tuesday, attendees learned from founder Bruce Poon Tip about […]

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FTA 2019 Honors Were ‘Monumental’

Under the glow of a spot lit Mount Rushmore, the Family Travel Association honored six members for their outstanding contributions to our industry and to our communities on the final night of the Summit. Dining at the National Memorial’s Carvers’ Café, the FTA celebrated the diversity of its members and their unique approaches to family […]

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FTA Announces It Will Become A Non-Profit

Celebrating its fifth year of continuing growth, the Family Travel Association (FTA) announced it plans to become a non-profit 501 (c) (6) organization in 2020, to help it grow the size and scale of the organization and help it create more value for the members. Speaking at the 2019 FTA Summit, at Custer State Park […]

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Help Families Make Travel More Affordable

Thank you for joining us in our efforts to help families make vacations more affordable. You can play a part in the launch of our 2019 FTA Family Travel Survey results, as well as our advocacy campaign #TakeFamilyTime, by co-creating tips and other content that help families design and stay within their vacation budget. Simply […]

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FTA Names 3 New Board Members

On the eve of its 5-year anniversary, the Family Travel Association announced the addition of three new members to its Board of Advisors. “As we prepare for to navigate the next five years of our growth and development, I’m thrilled to have the passion and expertise of these new advisors to help guide us,” said […]

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CEO Q&A with Inkaterra’s José Koechlin von Stein

Established in 1975, Inkaterra has been at the forefront of ecotourism and sustainable development in Peru. creating authentic travel experiences, while preserving the region’s biodiversity and local cultures. Its sustainability efforts have gained them membership with diverse alliances, such as Relais & Châteaux, Virtuoso and National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World. Inkaterra’s luxurious properties […]

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Travel Advisors Help Families Plan Ahead

One of the greatest challenges families face taking more vacations is the planning process. Busy with various commitments and overwhelmed with the volume of information they have to sift through, many parents simply never get around to planning ahead. “I think indecision plagues most families,” said Terri Weeks, Travel Planner and FTA Certified Family Travel […]

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1-to-1 Networking Tool for the 2019 Summit

We are pleased to provide you with a new tool, Presdo.com, to plan meetings with your colleagues at the 2019 Summit. Using this special networking website, you can: Discover who will be attending the Summit. Communicate with attendees and plan for the special 1-to-1 meeting session scheduled for Monday, Oct. 21, from 3:30-5 p.m. Get up-to-date […]

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AirTreks Featured In 5-Day Family Travel Radio Series

Family Travel Radio has partnered with FTA Member Air Treks on a five-episode series that not only focuses on the life-changing aspects of around-the-world travel, but also deals with some of the biggest issues parents face when deciding to prioritize family time and resources for travel. Over five episodes, Family Travel Radio host Aaron Schlein […]

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CEO Q&A with Marcel Perkins, Latin Trails

Latin Trails is a Destination Management Company, based in Quito, Ecuador, focused on inbound travelers to Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands, and Peru. They specialize in offering custom planned trips, with a focus on delivering unique experiences, including boutique hotels and cruises. Known for their 24/7 concierge service and crafting unique itineraries in the Andes, the Pacific Coast and the Amazon, the company also has […]

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Rainer Jenss Honored as Traveler of the Year

At the second annual WhereverFamily.com Wherever Awards Ceremony, held at the City Vineyard in lower Manhattan, FTA president & founder, Rainer Jenss, received the Traveler of the Year Award in recognition for his work in helping the travel industry better inform and inspire families and for his personal travels that included taking a one-year around […]

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FTA Launches Travel Advisor Tour Operator Guide

In our continuing efforts to educate our Travel Advisor members and help connect them with our member destinations and suppliers, we recently published the FTA Travel Advisor Tour Operator Guide, the third in a series we have published this year. This 20-page FTA Members only-guide, is rich in information about why families book tours, how […]

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Vacations Are Invaluable

As the Family Travel Association tries to get to the heart of why 58% of the respondents to our annual survey leave paid time off on the table every year, we are also looking to our members for their insights. One of the most prolific researchers in travel today is FTA member Allianz Global Assistance […]

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Iceland is Perfect for Families

The FTA spoke with Ágústa Björg Þorsteinsdóttir, head of marketing at Iceland Travel, about how his company has specialized in serving families, the potential impact on children and their families from visiting a place like Iceland, and how all of us can encourage more families to travel together. Tell us briefly about the history of […]

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Discover Corps’ “Vacations with Purpose” Help Families Discover from Within

Families travel for a variety of reasons, but one thing remains clear – feeling a sense of togetherness and connectedness is important. In today’s world, this becomes more and more difficult in everyday life, making the few vacations we take more important than ever. Discover Corps offers what it calls “Vacations with Purpose” for families who want […]

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FTA and Dude Ranch Association Solidify Their Partnership

Throughout the Family Travel Association’s (FTA) five-year history, the FTA and the Dude Ranchers’ Association (DRA) have been long-time supporters of each other’s members and mission. The DRA’s more than 100 member ranches offer one of the best value, high-quality family vacations in North America, and cross-promoting and assisting each other’s organization has empowered our […]

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FTA Launches First Travel Agent Industry Guide

The Family Travel Association is proud to announce the launch of our FTA Dude Ranch Guide, the first in a series of industry category tools that will be published in our new Travel Agent Resource Center. These tools help the FTA’s travel agency members better understand the value and experience dude ranches create for families. […]

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Can a Dude Ranch Change Your Client’s Life?

Many travel advisors and consumers have misconceptions about what a dude ranch experience will be like, and some may be either skeptical or worried about whether it would be fulfilling for them. In this episode, podcaster Aaron Schlein breaks down those potential barriers by speaking with Leah Bright and Bryce Street from the Dude Ranchers […]

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2018 Summit: Exceeding Expectations

From everything we saw, heard and experienced during the FTA 2018 Summit in Bermuda (Oct. 7-9), it can only be called a rousing success. The information and insights shared and connections made, contributed to what most felt was our best Summit yet. The passion our members feel for this market, the innovative ways they help […]

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