FTA Summit 2019


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October, 20-24, 2019 • Custer State Park Resort, South Dakota


Accommodations: Suppliers | Agents/Media

Airport/Resort Transfers: Click here for the FTA Special Negotiated Rate


About the Summit

The annual FTA Summit is a three-day, trade-only, conference-style event that brings together the leading players and key influencers in family travel. Come prepared to network with fellow FTA members and industry professionals while gaining key insights and learning about best practices from the experts through inspiring presentations, interactive workshops, enlightening research, and a diverse array of networking opportunities.


  • A select group of our over 100 Media Center Members, including those who represent brands such as AFAR, Travel + Leisure, Scholastic, Expedia, Travel Age West, and a host of vetted, quality bloggers and freelancers
  • Industry leaders ranging from A&K to KOA. Companies big and small, such as Royal Caribbean, SeaWorld, Club Med, the U.S. National Park Service, Keystone Resorts, Kids Sea Camp, Inkaterra, Uncruise, and Thomson Family Adventures
  • Dozens of buyers: both travel agents and tour operators (Valerie Wilson Travel, Ovation, Globus, Lindblad, Scott Dunn, Trafalgar, etc.)
  • Destinations from the U.S. Virgin Islands to Anchorage, Alaska, and everywhere in between (like Costa Rica, Arizona, Montana, and Florida).  Attendees come from nations far and wide — including  Australia, Iceland, Italy, Ecuador and many more.
  • Industry service providers and other B2B vendors


  • Pre-arranged 1:1 meetings with fellow FTA members
  • Special networking events, including a private Jeep Safari in Custer State Park
  • Presentations, panel discussions and interactive workshops by FTA members and industry luminaries
  • Sponsored dinners and lunches, events at local attractions, including a closing reception and FTA Honors dinner on Wednesday, October 23rd at the iconic Mt. Rushmore



  • The Summit kicks off Monday, October 21st, so plan to arrive that morning or on Sunday, October 20th
  • The Summit concludes with a special dinner/FTA Honors Ceremony on October 23rd, so plan to depart on the 24th, or stay to enjoy more of this amazing region


The FTA Summit has become the preeminent industry event to network with family-focused suppliers, travel agents and media professionals. Learn what’s shaping family travel, meet with A-List travel media, share best practices, access both consumer and trade research, and help promote your family-focused products to the travel industry’s influencers and decision-makers.

Resort Accommodations:

We have secured the entire Custer State Park Resort for the days leading up to and including the dates of the FTA Summit. Heavily discounted FTA Summit rates are available for booking. Once you have registered for the Summit, we’ll send along a link with information about reserving your accommodations as soon as it’s available. So please be sure to register for the Summit and reserve your accommodations early to ensure you get the best available accommodations.

Call 845-689-9033
email info@familytravel.org


  • 365 Atlanta Traveler
  • 2 Moms Travel
  • 829 Studios
  • Adventures by Daddy
  • AKontheGO.com
  • Allianz Global Assistance
  • All Over The Map
  • All She Cooks
  • AmaWaterways
  • Amanda’s Travels
  • Anywhere World Travel
  • Ardent Media / Family Traveller Magazine
  • ATJ (Asia Transpacific Journeys)
  • Austin Adventures
  • Autistic Globetrotting
  • Beaches
  • Beach Happy Travel/FlyOver Travel
  • Belgium with Kids
  • Bermuda Tourism Authority
  • Big Five Tours & Expeditions
  • Book Here, Give Here
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Carnival Cruises
  • Celebrity Cruises
  • Ciao Bambino
  • Clear Creek Group
  • Club Med
  • Coltur Peruana de Turismo
  • Concept Farm
  • Costa Rica Holidays by il Viaggio Travel
  • Costa Rican Vacations / Namu Travel
  • Cox & Kings
  • CruiseCompete
  • Cuba Candela
  • Discover Puerto Rico
  • Dotting The Map
  • Dramatic Travels
  • Enchanting Barcelona Tours
  • Escape With Us Vacations
  • Family Adventure Guy
  • Family Fun Magazine
  • Family Travel with Colleen Kelly
  • Family Travel Network / Beacon Group Holdings
  • Family Adventures Await
  • Family Traveller
  • The Family Traveler
  • Family Vacation Critic
  • Global CommUnity
  • Global Family Travels
  • Globetrotting Mama
  • The Golden Dolphin Estate
  • Happy Traveler
  • Hidden Iceland
  • Iceland Travel
  • Ingenious Travel
  • Inkaterra
  • International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards
  • JohnnyJet.com
  • Kampgrounds of America (KOA)
  • Kathy Buckworth
  • Keystone Resort
  • KidTripster
  • L.A. Family Travel
  • Laura Davidson PR
  • Life With A Baby
  • Longwoods International
  • Luggage Logistics
  • Luxe Travel Family
  • Magic Family Getaways
  • Magical Storybook Travels
  • MDT-Tours.com
  • Ment Law Group
  • Meredith Media
  • Momfari
  • Morgan’s Wonderland
  • MSC Cruises
  • Neotropic Expeditions
  • NHS Voyages
  • Offshore Outpost Expeditions
  • Outside the Lines Travel
  • PADI Americas
  • Pretty Extraordinary
  • Princess Cruises
  • R Family Vacations
  • Recommend Magazine
  • ROAM Family Travel
  • Royal Caribbean International
  • Sandals/Beaches
  • Sharlene Earnshaw
  • South Dakota Department of Tourism
  • Take Two Productions
  • Tauck
  • Top Service Tourist Services (Tapsy Tours for Families with Kids)
  • Travel Junkie
  • Travel + Leisure
  • Travel Market Report
  • TravelAge West / Family Getaways
  • The Traveling Child
  • Travel Leaders
  • Trekaroo
  • Tripbound
  • UnCruise Adventures
  • Vacatia
  • Vacation Kids
  • Walking On Travels / Twist
  • Wandering Puffin LLC
  • We3Travel


Sponsorship delivers increased awareness, brand building, and visibility both prior to the conference as well as onsite. As a sponsor of the FTAS, you will have the unique the opportunity to reach out to a variety of individuals with your message.

Act quickly to give your organization the greatest opportunity to make an impact on the 2019 FTAS conference attendees.

We recognize that each sponsor has a unique set of marketing goals and objectives, we’re happy to put together a customized package for your consideration.

Click here to download the Sponsorship Packages PDF


Sunday, Oct 20 Delegate arrivals
12pm: Registration Opens
2-5pm: FTA Board Meeting
6pm: Dinner
Monday, Oct 21 8am: Registration Opens

8am – Continental Breakfast

10am – 12:00 noon: Pre-Summit Professional Development Workshops
(1) Travel Agent Workshop
(2) Media Center Workshop

12:30pm – Lunch

3:00pm – 5:00pm: Introductions and 1:1 Networking Meetings

5:30pm: Opening Reception/Dinner Hosted by South Dakota Tourism

Tuesday, Oct 22 7:00am: Breakfast in Barn

7:30am – 9:30am: Opening General Session
Keynote: Bruce Poon Tip, G Adventures
FTA Overview
New Research Reveal

9:45am: Group A departs for Jeep Safari

9:30am – 11am: Group B Breakout Session:
How to Leverage the FTA’s Collective Influence to Create New Business Opportunities – The Barn

11am: Group A departs for Chuckwagon

12:15 – 2pm: Chuckwagon Lunch

2pm: Group A departs back to Lodge

2pm: Group B departs for Jeep Safari

3pm – 4:30pm: Group A Breakout Session:
How to Leverage the FTA’s Collective Influence to Create New Business Opportunities – The Barn

4:30pm – 5:15pm: Keynote Panel: What Cowboys can Teach the Travel Industry

6:00pm: “Powwow” Dinner

Wednesday, Oct 23 7:00am: Barn Opens for Breakfast

8:00am – 12:00pm: General Session – The Barn
Keynote: Dan Austin, Austin Adventures
Panel: Travel: Make Learning Fun for Kids
Panel: Creating Unique Immersive Experiences for Families
Panel: Building Family Bonds & Connections though Travel
Group Session: Empowering the Base

12 noon – 1:30pm: Lunch @ Lodge

1:45 – 3:15pm: Group Session Presentations – The Barn

3:15 – 3:45pm: Final Keynote

4:15pm: Buses depart for Mt. Rushmore

5pm: FTA Honors Reception and Dinner

Thursday, Oct 24th Departures
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