Family Travel Association Newsletter

One Month to Go Until the FTA Summit!

Week of September 19, 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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Today’s the Last Day to Reserve a Discounted Room at the Special FTA Summit Rate. Act Now!

This year’s FTA Summit takes place from October 22–26, 2016, at the Westin La Paloma in Tucson, Arizona. The rooms of the Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa are spacious, airy and well-appointed.

Standard room rates for Summit delegates are $169/night and wifi is included for all Summit guests. Suites for families are $150 (or higher) per night, depending on availability.

You can cancel your room up to five days before your arrival date but the cut off date to reserve your room at this conference rate is today, Friday, September 23rd!

The Westin La Paloma, Tucson, Arizona

Family Travel Association 2016 Industry Survey

We work hard to inform the industry, the media, and public at large about the current state of and future trends in family travel. To do this, we need your help in gathering intelligence. We’re hoping that you, or someone in your organization, can take a few minutes to complete the following survey:

Start the Survey
Start the survey To thank you for your input and time, you’ll receive a free copy of the final research report (whether you’re already an FTA member or still considering joining). Plus, you’ll also be eligible to win one of three (3) complimentary registration packages for the 2017 Family Travel Association Summit!

Social Media Fun: Pick a Family Travel Pic Snapped by Your Kid! (#ftakidpix)

Then share the image on our Facebook page and hashtag it with #ftakidpix. Yes, that’s right. We’re looking for those amazing images that kids take when they travel. We'll share the best, use them at our upcoming FTA Summit and just enjoy the good family travel laugh that always comes with memories like these. For more detail, go to


Have You Seen Our Our Consumer Newsletter?

We’ve started focusing on family-travel topics and issues of interest to consumers too. In our consumer-facing newsletters, we delve deeply into one topic at a time – like Family Safari in AfricaFamily Travel and Vacation Rentals and Ecotourism and Family Travel in Costa Rica. Most recently we shared special news about how the U.S. Congress Passed a New Law to Keep Families Flying Together.

If you know anyone who might want to follow along, please encourage them to sign up for our Travelers Newsletter.

Ecotourism and Family Travel in Costa Rica

FTA Spotlight Shifts Its Focus to How Travel Changes a Family

At the current stage of our FTA Spotlight: Re/Defining Family campaign (download overview) we are searching for great resources about How Travel Changes a Family.

FTA Spotlight

Before you know it, kids grow up and you're ready for retirement. Where did the time go? That's one reason why traveling is so important, especially with family: It widens your world and opens your eyes. It can change a family too by bringing you closer together and creating intense shared experiences that will always be treasured.

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!

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?

American Society of Travel Agents
American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA)
"Members of the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA) have been helping families travel across the country and around the world since our founding in 1931. As we are committed to growing the family travel segment and helping to address the unique challenges presented by family travel, we can think of no better way to advance this mission than to partner with the FTA."
– Eben Peck, Senior Vice President, Government & Industry Affairs
Averill’s Flathead Lake Lodge
Averill’s Flathead Lake Lodge
"We are the perfect location for multigenerational travel. Our location has access to our 2,000-acre ranch as well as one half a mile of lake front shoreline, all of which makes Flathead Lake Lodge a wonderful destination for family vacations. Through the FTA, we look forward to sharing word of opportunities like this."
– Jason St. Clair, Director of Sales and Marketing
FamilyFun Magazine
FamilyFun Magazine
"FamilyFun readers want to show their kids the world — whether it's a city a couple of hours away or a two-week trek through our national parks. Each month, we bring them ideas and inspiration for planning trips big and small because we know how deeply they value the education and connection that travel brings. We are thrilled to be part of an organization that shares our mission and passion!"
– Elizabeth Shaw, Editor in Chief
Frontiers North Adventures
Frontiers North Adventures
"Over the years, I have found it inspiring how just the presence of youngster on a trip can help even the most seasoned of travellers see for the first time polar bears, beluga whales and northern lights through the eyes of that child. As parents to three young children, my wife and I have always charged off with our kids on horizon-broadening travels, so we are excited to join FTA, contribute to this community, and learn how we can even better optimize our trips to serve families."
– John Gunter, President & CEO
Tia Stephanie Tours
Tia Stephanie Tours
“Tia Stephanie Tours is a leader in cultural and educational travel to Mexico. We look forward to leveraging our unique strengths, experience with content development, destination knowledge and relationships in Mexico to create thoughtful, relevant and engaging family travel programs in this rich, vibrant destination!”
– Stephanie Schneiderman, Owner/Founder
“Florida is the top domestic vacation destination for families. Becoming a member of the FTA provides us with an incredible platform to showcase all the Sunshine State has to offer to this important visitor segment. Florida is filled with destinations that explore the arts, culture, history and heritage. VISIT FLORIDA’s focus on storytelling invites families to plan vacations that will make memories to last a lifetime.”
– Will Seccombe, President & CEO
World Fusion Tours
“World Fusion Tours is very excited to be a new member of the FTA. As a young company, we see great potential to connect FTA members and families with our cultural tours across East Africa and allow families to travel and learn more about this amazing part of the world. East Africa is a hidden gem for families who are ready to absorb the colors, wildlife, traditions and adventures this region has to share.”
– Katina Goussetis, Director/Founder

Family Travel Association Member News

Good News: Flying Is Getting Easier for Families

TravelAge West - Good News: Flying Is Getting Easier for Families
This doesn't come as any hot new news, but it is excellent reconfirmation from TravelAge West of the good results that U.S. representatives, ASTA and the Family Travel Association have been working together toward: help for families in the air.

Families and Ecotourism: A Natural Fit

Tips for Traveling with Kids from 12 Family Travel Experts
Ecotourism is already called one of the fastest growing segments in the tourism industry. Put that with family travel — another of the industry’s rapidly growing segments — and the time is ripe for family vacations that include ecotourism.

Escape the Grind During Halloween and Thanksgiving

Family Twist - Escape the Grind During Halloween and Thanksgiving
As the back-to-school period can be stressful for kids, some companies, like Family Twist, have targeted family vacations during annual events like Halloween and Thanksgiving for future family holiday in Europe as incentive for getting through the first months.

Millennial Families Are Turning to Travel Agents

TravelPulse - Millennial Families Are Turning to Travel Agents
Millennials with families are discovering that travel agents are the way to go on family holidays, because when something happens on a trip, you have someone to call to fix the problem, especially when the company is being uncooperative.

Are We A SCUBA Family?

Family Travel - Are We A SCUBA Family?
Bonaire is well known as a great dive destination and a particularly good one for beginner divers. Under the guiding hand of Kids Sea Camp, the father of one participating family wonders aloud if scuba is one activity around which his whole family can come together?

Largest Aquarium in the Southwest Unveils Unrivaled Marine Adventures

OdySea Aquarium
Planned as one of Arizona’s premier attractions and located at the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, the OdySea Aquarium is a two-level, state-of-the-art facility that combines theme-park-style amusement with highly engaging presentations of aquatic life like no other in the industry.

CLIA and MSC Cruises Give Good Reason to Travel as a Family

CLIA and MSC Cruises Give Good Reason to Travel as a Family
There’s no better time than now to cruise together as a multigenerational family. Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) and MSC Cruises agree. And they’ve gathered their top reasons why.

The Best Cruise Lines for Families

Travel + Leisure - The Best Cruise Lines for Families
You don’t have to be a kid to delight in Disney cruises. It has ocean-view spas, Broadway-caliber shows, and restaurants named after animated characters but staffed by top chefs. Sail the Mediterranean or the Caribbean. Wherever you sail, these are readers' favorite cruise lines for families.

Tauck Reveals Expanded 2017 Roster of Bridges Family Trips

Tauck Reveals Expanded 2017 Roster of Bridges Family Trips
Tauck is bringing the VIP experience to more places and doubling (from 10 to 20) the number of departures for its family river cruise departures in 2017.

At Austin Adventures, Your Second Child in Family of Four Travels for Free on Most Trips

Austin Adventures - Family Travel Incentive
Family travel just got a little easier -- and less expensive -- with a new initiative from in family multi-sport vacations, Austin Adventures. The second child in a family of four will be allowed to travel at no cost on most of their family itineraries throughout 2017.
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.

10 Tips From Expat Moms On Moving Abroad
Eileen Gunn and other experts answer questions and share advice about moving one’s family to a new country and culture.

Perfect Vacay Destinations to Cure Your Fall Wanderlust
Seven fabulous fall vacation ideas and destination options that will help cure your wanderlust in the off-peak autumn season.

Types of Trips that Every Family Should Take
A list with types of trips that every family should take can definitely help.

Family Travel Industry News

IPK International and ITB Berlin Examine Trends in Family Trips

ITB Berlin
A special evaluation of the World Travel Monitor® conducted by IPK International and commissioned by ITB Berlin reveals that despite declining birth rates, family trips are on the rise.

Kids Concierge Makes Family Travel Fun

Kids Concierge Makes Family Travel Fun
There’s nothing a good hotel concierge can’t do, even for families visiting the nation’s capital. There’s much to see and do and planning is key. At the Willard InterContinental Washington, Brian Thomasson, the new Kids Concierge, is readying for a fall debut of the program.

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 family home and taking off to explore the world long-term? It’s a step that plenty of parents would love to take, but the thought of planning such a mammoth trip can be daunting – especially when it takes all your energy just to get the kids out the door.

America Is Hitting the Road Again

NY Times - America Is Hitting the Road Again
The great American road trip is back. Gas is cheap and a nation weary of cutting back is getting behind the wheel and spending to make road trip memories. This may be a cultural shift, as Americans experiment with whether money can buy happiness, at least in the form of adventures and memories.

Travel MANagers Are Standing By

Travel MANagers
A recent survey shows that 89% of dads dream of taking vacations like they did with their dads, but with their own kids. The survey was part of the Homewood Suites Travel MANager program for men who really want to give their wife a break and spend some quality time with their kids.
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.

Travel Agent Talk: Elisa Taylor About Alaska
A family travel specialist discusses why cruising in Alaska is a great choice for groups.

Tauck Bridges Programming Continues to Expand
Immersive river cruises and once-in-a-lifetime excursions draw groups to the family-owned brand.

Why the Virgin Islands Is Great for a Family Reunion
A new promotion package from the U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism makes family reunion travel even more appealing.
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