Family Travel Association Newsletter

It's Already a Busy Post-Summit Season!

Week of November 28, 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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Family Travel Association News

Presenting: The FTA Summit RECAP!

Family travel is hard. We know that. It’s the reason why we started the Family Travel Association. We believe that family travel should be simpler, especially given how rewarding it is for the whole family. That’s what last month's FTA Summit was all about.

FTA Summit Recap
Held over three days in October in Tucson, Arizona, it was an amazing opportunity to bring together family travel experts, industry leaders and media. Curious about what happened at the FTA Summit? Here’s a full accounting, with lots of pictures.

Family Travel Research Shows Reason for Optimism

The family travel market is poised for significant growth, according to our brand new study of key travel industry players ranging from travel agents to tour operators and hotels to tourism boards. The optimism mirrors a separate study of the consumer market, conducted for a second year in partnership with New York University’s School of professional Studies - Tisch Center for Hospitality and Tourism. At the heart of both is consumer interest in spending more quality time traveling with family. Read our press release about it!

More on the topic:
* Family Travel Association Summit Reveals Growth in Family Travel on Family Vacation Critic
* Understanding Customer Needs Across Generations on TravelPulse

Pass the #TravelSauce! Family Travel Planning… with Relish (Pun Intended)

It hurts to hear it. We, parents, have a maximum of only 18 summers — only 18! — during which to make the most of holiday time with our children. So let’s take time this holiday season — when bellies are full, spirits are high and good will is in abundance — to sit with family and pass the #travelsauce, by planning next year’s perfect family vacation. Let’s also encourage everyone to do the same. Tell us all about it using #TravelSauce. Here’s what to do!

Pass the #TravelSauce

FTA Sponsors Inaugural Family Travel Advisor Forum

The debut Family Travel Advisor Forum, an exclusive hosted program for top-performing travel agents, recently concluded at the Royalton Riviera Cancun in Mexico. By all accounts it was a great success. FTA President Rainer Jenss represented the FTA, a premier sponsor for this event, and met with hand-selected top-tier family-focused travel sellers from all parts of North America.

Rainer Jenss at the Family Travel Advisor Forum

Have You Seen the New FTA Website?

A month ago at our FTA Summit, we announced the launch of our new website, still at Whether or not you've taken a look, we would love for you to dive in now and share any feedback, positive or negative, but always constructive. Also, if you are a member, this is a great opportunity to review your member profile, including adding or updating your Learn More page. For more details about how to do this, click here.

And Have You Seen Our Consumer Newsletter Too?

We’re continuing to focus on family-travel topics and issues of interest to consumers. In our consumer-facing newsletters, we've delved deeply into one topic at a time. Our latest topic asked Is Family Travel a Waste of Money? (lots of people don’t think so!), but we’ve also covered Family Safari in AfricaFamily Travel and Vacation RentalsEcotourism and Family Travel in Costa Rica and even special news about how the U.S. Congress Passed a New Law to Keep Families Flying Together.

Please encourage any interested family travelers to sign up for our Travelers Newsletter.

Is Family Travel a Waste of Money?

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?

Alaska Wildland Adventures
Alaska Wildland Adventures
"Alaska Wildland Adventures specializes in small group, big adventure travel throughout Alaska, with several family-friendly tour options. We joined FTA to align with like-minded travel partners who enjoy working with families of all ages and providing safe, high quality tour experiences."
– Amy McCartney, Director of Sales, Marketing and Programs
Kids Love Greece
Kids Love Greece
"Research has shown that although Greece is on the travel bucket list of thousands of families, parents are overwhelmed when it comes to planning the family trip. Our travel consultants are parents themselves, who understand the importance of family-friendliness when planning a trip abroad. We’re pleased to join the FTA to help design fully customized family trips that meet the needs and interests of any traveling family headed to Greece."
– Maria Giannouli, Co-Founder
Target Travel
Target Travel
"We have been in business since 1985 and we always focused on tailor-made and experiential travel. So, focusing also on family travel programs was a natural and instinctive shift for us. Families are so eager to try new exciting experiences, our kids-oriented programs are very appreciated, but we would like to improve them and know much more about this niche. We hope that being part of FTA will help us in becoming more and more effective and professional."
– Enrica Cazzin, Sales Executive

Family Travel Association Member News

How, When and Why to Use a Travel Agent to Book a Family Vacation

A Ciao Bambino! family
Nothing replaces the value of a human being making recommendations when it comes to finding matching travel needs and creating true customization. This is especially true for parents who don’t always have time to sift through all the finer details that make traveling with children successful.
* That, says Ciao Cambino!, is the value of travel agents, who know how to add value when people could easily book travel online.
* For more about How a Travel Agent Works, read what Sally Black of Vacation Kids says.
* Luxury travel company Absolute Travel’s Leslie Overton named to Condé Nast Traveler Top Travel Specialist List for Family Travel for 9th year.

Science Reveals Most Memorable Vacations (Include Family Travel)

HomeAway's Vacation Equation
HomeAway has released a new study examining what makes vacations memorable. One notable result: People who travel with a mix of family and friends remember their vacations better than those who travel with just family, just friends, in a couple, or alone. Learn how to make a memorable vacation.

Fantastic Beasts Campaign in New York City: Fantastic New York

Fantastic NYC
Visit NYC with a suitcase full of magical creatures, just as Newt Scamander, the former Hogwarts student, did in 1926, as told in the new film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Through an interactive microsite, New York City is inviting fans to explore NYC through the eyes of Newt.

Navigating the Airport with Children: What You Need to Know

Navigating the Airport with Children: What You Need to Know
Don’t let the logistics of traveling with kids squelch your wanderlust. Whether you’re a solo parent or you’re with your partner, flying with children will never match the ease of your child-free jet-setting days. Journeys International says don’t despair; it’s possible to plan ahead and streamline your airport routine to minimize stress.

8 Adventure Vacations Your Kids Will Love

8 Adventure Vacations Your Kids Will Love
If your family prefers hiking to lounging by a pool, or would rather zip line into an underground cenote than wade into gentle surf – in other words, if your crew craves adventure as much as Amy Whitley’s does, you’ll want to check out the following family adventure vacations.

Kids Ski Free Program at Keystone Resort, Colorado

In the Zika Zone, Deals Amid Uncertainty
For five years, Keystone Resort in Colorado has run a Kids Ski Free Program, whereby a two-night stay in Keystone lodging earns kids 12 and under free skiing and riding. This year, kids can also take part in free Kidtopia events and parties.

Wyndham Extends Reward Program in Ways That Benefit Families

Wyndham Extends Reward Program in Ways That Benefit Families
Wyndham has become the first hospitality company to expand its loyalty program to include vacation timeshare resorts and vacation rentals, for more than 120,000 properties across 100 countries. For families, this means a chance to experience travel the way they want, regardless of location or type of lodging.

Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge: Perfect for Families

Elefun Centre at Sabi Sabi's Bush Lodge
The Bush Lodge is a family-friendly home in the South African bush. Also a veritable museum and an homage to the customs of Africa. Children of all ages can enjoy the EleFun Centre, a children’s facility with environmentally themed activities supervised by qualified childcare professionals.

Alaskan Dream Cruises Adds Glacier Bay to Family Cruises

Alaskan Dream Cruises Adds Glacier Bay to Family Cruises
Small-ship cruise line, Alaskan Dream Cruises, is expanding its True Alaskan Family Cruises in 2017 with time in Glacier Bay to allow families and multi-generational groups to spend more time bonding over wildlife watching, glacier viewing and exploring on foot in Bartlett Cove, as well as Reid Inlet.

Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic to Launch Family-Friendly Ship and Offer Free Air to Galapagos Throughout 2017

riendly Ship and and Offer Free Air to Galapagos Throughout 2017
In 2017, Lindblad Expeditions will be refitting and launching its most family-friendly ship as National Geographic Endeavour ll. To celebrate its launch, they have a free round-trip airfare offer to Galapagos on all weekly departures during the first quarter.

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Wins Global Industry Award

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Wins Global Industry Award
Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay has been awarded the prestigious Liseberg Applause Award from the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions, which recognizes an amusement park that has “inspired the industry with their foresight, originality and sound business development.”
FTA Media Center

Family Travel Thoughts from the FTA Media Center

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

14 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Making the Decision To Travel Full Time With Your Family, by Bryanna Royal of Crazy Family Adventure

10 Family Vacations That Will Change Kids Forever, by Amie O’Shaughnessy of Ciao Bambino

Gift Guide for Traveling Kids (and Their Parents), by Therese Iknoain of HI Travel Tales

How to Travel Stress-Free with the Kids During the Holidays, by Eileen Ogintz of Taking the Kids

Travel: the Best Christmas Gift, by Jen Reyneri of World Traveling

8 Over-the-Top Cruise Shows to Experience in 2017, by Dave Parfitt of Adventures by Daddy

Family Travel Industry News

Family Travel in a Time of Fear

Here's Why Travel Is Actually Mentally and Physically Healthy for Kids
“We spend so much time concerned about what dangers may befall us “over there” – the unknowable somewhere – when in truth they can find us anywhere, even at home. Travel is... an opportunity to experience the world... with both a critical and empathetic lens. Our children also must learn that no tragedy is ever truly distant or foreign and that both hope and pain are woven together.” Read the full article.

Would You Pay Extra for a Child-Free Flight?

Would You Pay Extra for a Child-Free Flight?
As more airlines introduce ‘No Kids’ zones on their planes this article asks whether charging travelers extra to avoid families is really the answer. Would you pay extra for a child-free flight? Or do you think creating Kid-Free zones on planes is right?

How to Budget for Family Travel and Vacations

How to Budget for Family Travel and Vacations
The average American employee takes only half of his or her eligible paid time off. However, vacations have been linked to reducing employees’ stress, improving productivity and other health benefits. Here then are a few steps to ensuring a well-deserved and properly planned family vacation.

Autism Doesn’t Have to Mean No Family Vacation

Autism Doesn’t Have to Mean No Family Vacation
Traveling with children can be trying. Traveling with a child on the autism spectrum can be so overwhelming that some families choose to stay home. But there are resorts, attractions, airlines and cruise lines that are welcoming and accommodating. Here are some getaway ideas.

10 Really Cool Outdoor Adventures with Kids

10 Really Cool Outdoor Adventures with Kids
Want to guarantee that your kids are excited about getting outdoors as a family? Find adventures that excite them, but remember that “exciting” doesn’t need to mean death-defying or scary. By thinking a little more about trip planning, parents can find places and activities that inspire everyone.

Epic Ride: Family Bikepacking in Ecuador

Epic Ride: Family Bikepacking in Ecuador
The Quilotoa Loop in Ecuador has big mountains, big views... and, above all, big climbs: adventurous cycling, without doubt. But family friendly? Yes and, somewhat surprisingly, very much so. This article for Lonely Planet shares how this expedition proved to be a life experience for everyone.

A Family Beach Vacation That Puts Love to the Test

A Family Beach Vacation That Puts Love to the Test
Can a multigenerational trip do the impossible: make everyone happy? Traveling puts love to the test. How much can you really stand each other without the patterns of home? After all, different stages in life have different modes of pleasure. This article looks at just how much overlap is possible.
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.

Aulani Turns 5, Adds New Family Lures
Oahu's Disney resort launches a luau and introduces the movie character Moana.

Club Med Offers New Deals for 2017 Travel
Book by January 10 to take advantage of The Power Up Sale and Early Booking Rate deals.

5 Family Destinations to Visit by Train
Yankee Leisure Group president Frank Marini names top itineraries when traveling with children.
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