Family Travel Association Newsletter

We Relaunched Our Website and Made Some Noise!

Week of April 6, 2015

This is the newsletter of the Family Travel Association, a new coalition of leading family travel experts, media and companies coming together to create an industry voice that will transform the way families travel — charting a path for future generations of travelers.

Family Travel Association News

The New Web Face of the Family Travel Association

It's launched! The new content-rich and consumer-facing website of the Family Travel Association is now live, complete with a Letter from our Founder, Rainer Jenss, and a guide to the website outlining the four ways to filter through our resources. 

Whether travelers need family travel ideas, planning tools or advice, we've built a way for them to plan their family getaways by curating the best family travel content on the web from leading resources in the business, including writers and bloggers, media outlets, family travel websites and companies that serve traveling families.

Please take a look and let us know what you think! Also be sure to visit our new Facebook page and follow us on Twitter for plenty of news about family travel!
Family Travel Association website

Family Travel Association Featured in USA Today

Perfectly timed for the launch of our new website, USA Today ran an article by Christopher Elliott, a consumer advocate and editor at large for National Geographic Traveler, detailing how we are set to fight for the rights of family travel.

"The fact is, the industry has never before come together for the specific purpose of helping families and inspiring them to travel," our founder, Rainer Jenss, is quoted as saying. "Now, the industry is joining forces to present a clear and unified message — that travel with kids can be transformational, not just recreational, and that there are things you can do with your children that you may never have dreamed possible."

USA Today - New Association Fights for Rights of Family Travel

For a couple more articles about our launch, see TravelPulse and International Business Times.

FTA Board Member and Expedia Viewfinder Senior Editor Matt Villano Emphasizes the Importance of Grownup Time When Traveling with Family

The FTA has assembled a remarkable family-travel brain trust to guide our development – advisors on our board and other councillors, members and partners with many years of travel thought-leadership. Over the coming weeks and months, we will share a bounty of wisdom from their decades of advocacy for and hands-on practice in family travel.

Following inaugural pieces by Keith Bellows, Emeritus Editor-in-Chief of National Geographic Travel, and by Kyle McCarthy, Editor of Family Travel Forum, this week the spotlight turns to freelance writer Matt Villano, a board member of the FTA and senior editor of the Expedia Viewfinder travel blog. He explores how the importance of grownup time when traveling with family.

Family Travel on #TWChats Twitter Chat on April 15

Remember to mark your calendars. At 3pm EST on Wednesday, April 15, family travel will be the topic of the #TWChats Twitter chat and will focus on trends within family travel, including top destinations and experiences for multigenerational families, as well as tips for selling to families. The Family Travel Association will be one of the co-hosts, so be sure to follow us on Twitter at @FamilyTravAssoc and then look for the #TWChats hashtag next week.

Family Travel Association Membership

Who Are Our Newest Members?

Visit Costa Rica
Costa Rica
"The Costa Rica Tourism Board (ICT) is very honored to be the first country-destination member of the Family Travel Association. We are truly obliged to be part of such a prestigious organization. We are certain that we will be able not only to provide insight about the initiatives and programs being offered to families traveling to Costa Rica, but also gain access to thought leadership in the industry and having a finger on the pulse of what is trending for family travelers. Today, Costa Rica offers a true myriad of options for families to explore, learn and enjoy a close encounter with nature. Families can strengthen their bond and create a lifetime of memories while taking part in activities that vary in the realms of adventure, voluntourism, biodiversity and relaxation. We are certain that our participation will offer opportunities that are mutually beneficial for all."
– Wilhelm von Breymann, Minister of Tourism, Costa Rica
Cayuga Collection of Sustainable Luxury Hotels & Lodges
Cayuga Collection of Sustainable Luxury Hotels & Lodges
"The Cayuga Collection of Sustainable Luxury Hotels & Lodges is excited to join The Family Travel Association and showcase our unique offerings in Costa Rica and Nicaragua for families, and help us in our quest to create the 'Greatest Green Family Vacation in the World.' "
– Hans Pfister, President, Cayuga Collection of Sustainable Luxury Hotels & Lodges
Sesame Place
Sesame Place
"We are very excited to join the Family Travel Association. There are so many ways to have fun together at Sesame Place with whirling rides, water slides, colorful shows and furry friends. And while you’re enjoying it all, you’ll discover that sometimes the best part of their childhood is rediscovering yours."
– Mandy Nethercutt, Sales Manager, Strategic Operations, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment

Family Travel Industry News

New Installments in Lonely Planet Kids' Interactive Adventures in… Activity Book Series

Lonely Planet Kids, a new sub-brand from the world's leading travel publisher Lonely Planet, introduces three new installments in the Adventures in... sticker and activity book series. Immersive, engaging and educational, the series offers children a non-stop interactive tour of the world's most famous, noisy, smelly, busy, wild and cold places with beautiful, eye-catching illustrations, over 250 reusable stickers and a collectable push-out surprise.

Wanted: Families to Design the Best Green Family Vacation Experiences

The Cayuga Collection of hotels and lodges is on a quest for the greatest and "greenest" family vacation in the world. They're looking for a family that can create the perfect symbiosis of sustainability and luxury. Interested families must fill out the application form by May 17th, 2015, and could win seven days of complimentary accommodation, dining and activities at Cayuga Collection Hotels & Lodges, all focused on sustainability and education.

"We continuously seek input from our guests to improve the experience of our sustainable luxury hotels and lodges. After a successful eco-honeymoon quest in 2014, we are now looking for a qualified family to help us create the greatest green family vacation in the world."
– Hans Pfister, President, Cayuga Collection of Sustainable Luxury Hotels & Lodges

Family Vacation Critic Reveals 10 Best U.S. Beaches for Families in 2015

The list features an excellent mix of beaches from all over the U.S, with the Atlantic, Pacific and Gulf Coast each being represented by multiple destinations. Family-friendly facilities, events and activities are easy to come across in these serene locales that often cater to families.

"When choosing the top family-friendly beaches, we consider a number of factors – it's not just beautiful sands and picturesque views. Beyond clean, safe beaches, we're looking for beaches that offer a well-rounded experience for families – accommodations, dining and entertainment within close distance of the beach, and plenty to keep the whole family entertained while in town."
– Lissa Poirot, Editor-in-Chief, Family Vacation Critic

How to Take a National Park Family Vacation and Not Have to Camp

There is a certain segment of the population that just doesn’t like to rough it. Their idea of camping is spending a night at a well-lit, furnished hotel with a hot shower and warm bed. With that in mind, here are five of the most-visited national parks and some places nearby in which families can be comfortably lodged.

Family Getaways

Other Industry Stories Through Travel Age West

As part of a collaboration with Travel Age West, we are sharing selected items of interest from their family travel news desk.

Family Getaways Takes Over #TWChats in April
Chat with the team behind Family Getaways about family travel trends on April 15. The Family Travel Association will be co-hosts of this chat as well.

Travel Agent Talk: Kara Slater
A luxury family travel agent, Los Angeles-based Kara Slater, discusses helping clients turn ordinary family vacations into trips fit for celebrities.

Road Trip Tips for Families
Heed these road trip tips from experienced traveling mom Keryn Means, from on-the-road snacks to what to pack.
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