Family Travel Association Newsletter

FTA Is Helping Families Get Back in Touch with Nature

Week of April 25, 2016

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.

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FTA Partners with Every Kid in a Park

The Family Travel Association is proud to partner with and pledge its support to the Every Kid in a Park campaign, announced last week by the White House. We sincerely hope that you will join us in adding momentum to this initiative to inspire the next generation of cultural and environmental stewards, and make it easy for parents, teachers and organizations to plan trips to more than 2,000 U.S. parks and federal land and water sites.

Join Us in Supporting the Every Kid in a Park Campaign
Kit Bernardi

Kit Bernardi Now Directs the FTA Media Center

Kit Bernardi, the award-winning travel journalist, photographer, public speaker and marketer, has joined the FTA team as Director of the Media Center. Kit’s 20 years as a freelance writer and editor for many print and online outlets, long involvement with the Society of American Travel Writers and North American Travel Journalists Association, and outstanding background in public relations and promotions will be put to good use in her management of media member communications, benefits programs, educational initiatives and more.

FTA Spotlight Shifts Its Focus to Family Travel and Nature’s Nurture

At the current stage of our FTA Spotlight: Re/Defining Family campaign (download overview) we are searching for great resources about Family Travel and Nature’s Nurture.

FTA Spotlight

The youth of today devote an average of 53 hours a week to entertainment media. Many other elements as well combine to keep kids inside. So it's no surprise that the natural world feels a little “unnatural.” All the more reason to make a nature-based family holiday a top priority.

Do you have strong feelings about this? We want to hear from you!

FTA Is Social - Share with Us

We’re busy on social media sharing about family travel. Join the conversation on Facebook (/familytravelassociation) and Twitter (@FamilyTravAssoc) and be sure to use the #familytravel hashtag!

Did you miss last week’s #TWChats Twitter chat about family travel, led by Family Getaways and co-hosted by us? Here’s a great summary.

Family Travel Association Membership

The Family Travel Association membership base continues to expand, drawing in new associations, media outlets, destinations, tour operators, corporate entities, cruise lines, lodgings and travel specialists.

Who Are Our Newest Members?

Just as we did four weeks ago, the FTA is pleased to welcome a new round of dude ranch members.
7D Ranch
7D Ranch
"The FTA recently reached out to encourage us to join their organization. We believe that our dude ranch embodies the values of family travel and the FTA's mission to promote family travel as a lasting, meaningful, fun experience."
– Peter Talpey, Assistant Manager
C Lazy U Ranch
C Lazy U Ranch
"We joined the FTA because the ranch has been providing luxury family vacations for almost a century. The ranch is an inclusive family destination experience, where each member of the family is sure to find something enjoyable, from horseback riding and Orvis-endorsed fly fishing to a fully supervised kids program or simply relaxing at the spa or pool."
– Brady Johnson, Director of Sales and Marketing
Echo Valley Ranch & Spa
Echo Valley Ranch & Spa
"We joined the FTA because we believe that a vacation in Echo Valley lets families reconnect in a unique way. It’s choosing real over digital. The whole family will find it easy to start looking up, at each other, as opposed to looking down on their digital devices, and truly experience their vacation together."
– Norm Dove, Owner
Focus Ranch
Focus Ranch
"As members of the FTA we embrace a shared philosophy that family vacations offer great learning experiences and the opportunity to grow together rather than apart. The memories created will be the glue that bonds relationships for a lifetime."
– Maureen Reidy, Owner
Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch
Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch
"Traveling as a family gives you such important time to reconnect and spend time together, which may not be possible during everyone's busy daily lives. Some of our best memories are from family vacations and a visit to a guest ranch will create memories to last a lifetime!"
– Meris & Seth Stout, Owners and Hosts
Triple J Wilderness Ranch
Triple J Wilderness Ranch
"We provide a place for families to slow down and escape the hectic pace of life. Getting outside to experience spectacular nature together, laughing and sharing memories – it’s a gift your children will always remember."
– Kim Barker, Owner and Manager
Medicine Bow Lodge Adventure Guest Ranch
Medicine Bow Lodge Adventure Guest Ranch
"We believe that families spending time together, traveling and enjoying life together, can transform that family into something greater than it is. Memories of children on vacation last for generations and we want to help build great memories for those children. That is why we support the FTA."
– Tim Bishop, Owner
Rainbow Trout Ranch
Rainbow Trout Ranch
"We have been looking for a way to promote the beauty of a guest ranch family vacation. We are especially interested in connecting with young adults and children in the teenage and younger range, and exposing them to the cowboy traditions and lifestyle that were common on television 35 years ago. Guest ranching is a way to reconnect… both with family and with the generations that came before."
– Doug Van Berkum, Owner
Tanque Verde Ranch
Tanque Verde Ranch
"We joined the FTA because we strive to bring families together to give them education and unforgettable experiences. We have activities for every member of your family: spa, horseback riding, Kids Club and plenty more. Make your next family trip a traditional Western experience."
– Jim Bankson, General Manager

Family Travel Association Member News

FTA Members in Ecuador React to Earthquake

Update and Appeal Following the Earthquake in Ecuador
The FTA is relieved to report that the staff, family and guests of its four Ecuador-based members are OK. More than that, they're involved in supporting their country's recovery efforts, both through direct voluntary assistance and by continuing to serve the interests of travelers in other parts of the country.

American Families Are Booking More Adventurous Travel Abroad

Family travel on camel in Morocco
Intrepid Travel believes one's sense of adventure shouldn’t disappear after having children. Looks like they’re right! U.S. family trip bookings on immersive cultural family experiences have doubled thus far in 2016 over 2015. The most popular region is Africa on a Morocco Family Holiday trip and South Africa Teenage Safari.

5 Unforgettable Safari Experiences for Your Mother

5 Unforgettable Safari Experiences for Your Mother
With Mother’s Day just around the bed, why not think about a family Safari as a special time to make memories for her. Who better than a mother, who loves getting everyone together, to serve as the center of an unforgettable family travel story? Here are five experiences Journey to Africa knows mommy would love on her safari.

FTA Spotlight: Family Travel and Nature’s Nurture

This week, several people shared important information in response to our call for contributions to the current FTA Spotlight topic: Family Travel and Nature’s Nurture. Four of them follow here. On the heels of National Park Week and in tandem with the #EveryKidinaPark campaign, we stand firm in our belief that there's no better form of family travel than the kind that gets you outside.

Getting Back to Nature in the Rich Florida Keys

Getting Back to Nature in the Rich Florida Keys
Family Travel with Colleen Kelly has launched a new blog devoted to nature/wildlife family travel. It’s written by Jenny Kustra-Quinn, Senior Communications Manager for Colleen Kelly’s National Public Television travel series. Jenny’s first topic covers outdoor experience in the Florida Keys.

Biking in Wyoming with Western Spirit Cycling

Biking in Wyoming with Western Spirit Cycling
There are amazing active, family-friendly experiences in nature. Here in TravelAge West, Heather Mundt tells us about a Western Spirit Cycling trip near Grand Teton National Park that offers families an introduction to mountain biking and a great taste of the West.

New, Multicultural Generation of Campers Benefits from Time Spent Outdoors

New, Multicultural Generation of Campers Benefiting from Time Spent Outdoors
The 2016 North American Camping Report, an annual study supported by Kampgrounds of America (KOA), tells that African-Americans and Hispanics are happily camping more than ever, saying it allows them to spend more time with friends and family, reduce stress and be more physically active.

Healthier Holiday Food for Kids: A Family Travel Priority

Healthier Holiday Food for Kids: A Family Travel Priority
Wouldn't it be great if there was healthier food for kids in hotels, resorts and theme parks? Eileen Ogintz tells us it's happening as more and more people see the value in combatting childhood obesity and encouraging healthier lifestyles, a signature issue of First Lady Michelle Obama.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Named New York City's Travel Ambassadors

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Named New York City's Travel Ambassadors
Some 17.5 million family travelers visited NYC in 2015 and this year the city’s tourism authorities think that the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles should help welcome them. NYC & Company, the city’s destination marketing organization, will use the turtles in its soon-to-launch 2016 family ambassador campaign.

May Means Music at Busch Gardens® with the KIDsiderate® Concert Series

May Means Music at Busch Gardens® with the KIDsiderate® Concert Series
At Busch Gardens® (and Water Country USA®), KIDsiderate attractions are geared toward families with children 9 and younger, clearly designated by the KIDsiderate "K" logo. Also, in May, some of today’s most popular acts for kids take the stage at the park, including kids’ rock bands and Emmy-award winning television stars.
Family Getaways

Family Travel Thoughts from the FTA Media Center

Read some of the latest writing from the experienced and knowledgeable voices in our Media Center.

Teaching Kids to Love Art
Organized by Wandering Educators, family travel experts weigh in on how to teach kids to love art, feel at home in art museums, be passionate and interested in art.

Dealing with Jet Lag in Kids
Pit Stops for Kids fills you in on what to watch for, best prevention, and how to deal with jet lag in kids.

15 Steps to Raising a Good Traveler
We3Travel has put together the steps taken to get to where they are today with a kid who’s a good traveler.

Family Travel Industry News

10 Favorite National Park Adventures with Kids

10 Favorite National Park Adventures With Kids
A top achievement of the U.S. National Park System is its preservation of beautiful and significant pieces of nature. But the payoff is a lifetime’s worth of unforgettable experiences — many of them entirely accessible, safe and really fun for families with kids of all ages. Here are 10 favorites selected by The Big Outside.

Staying Sane When Traveling with Young Kids

Staying Sane When Traveling With Young Kids
You may already have done it before: one parent-one child trips and one long one parent-two children trip. You know it’s doable. You may need to give yourself pep talks during middle-of-the-night freakouts, and remember all the tricks that work well when traveling with young kids. Here are a few of the best from the Dropout Diaries.

Lonely Planet's Tips for Taking a Long-Term Trip with Kids

Tips for Taking a Long-Term Trip with Kids
Ever dream of quitting work, renting out the home and taking off to explore the world long-term? Plenty of parents would love to do it, but the planning of such a trip can seem daunting – especially when it takes all your energy just to get the kids out the door. But it’s easier than you think. Here’s Lonely Planet’s guide to the basics.

The UK’s Only Family Travel Show Takes Place in Olympia London This Ocotber

UK Family Travel Show
The Family Travel Show, has announced new dates for 2016: October 1-2 at London’s Olympia. This show is the UK’s only exhibition completely dedicated to family travel adventures, bringing together the best specialist operators and family holiday providers all under one roof for one weekend.
Family Getaways

Other Industry Stories Through TravelAge West

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

5 Underrated Places to Go With Kids
Travel agent experts share their favorite under-the-radar family travel destinations.

What to Do in La Fortuna
This Costa Rican destination lures families with hot springs, hotels and outdoor adventure.

Cruise Review: Disney Magic
After nearly 20 years on the seas, Disney Magic still sparkles.
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