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Just as we started to slowly work our way towards reopening our devastated economy, another crisis took a hold of the U.S. very different from COVID-19. This one deeply seeded in our culture and profoundly personal. Racism and discrimination exists in every aspect of our society, including travel.  As such, the FTA will continue to actively listen to our members’ concerns when it comes to racial bias and injustice while advocating for family travel as a tool that allows us to celebrate diversity, not fear it. With all the unsettling headlines so far this year, there are, however signs of hope for the future, especially for family travel. In this newsletter, we wanted to share some positive stories about our members and let everyone know what the research and industry experts are telling us about what we should expect in the weeks and months ahead. Please don’t forget to visit our FTA Links community page on Facebook to share your stories and let your voice be heard!

More New FTA Board Member Interviews Now Online

Check out the latest video interviews with Gregg Kaminsky and some more of the new FTA Board of Directors hosted by Aaron Schlein. Click here to access

#FTAClassroom Showcases More Offerings From Our Members


Take a virtual field trip with a naturalist guide from Uncruise Adventures. We are heading to Glacier Bay National Park in Southeast Alaska and the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary to hang out with the magnificent humpback whales.

Visit Lauderdale Junior Ambassador

Become a Visit Lauderdale Junior Ambassador. The program consists of lessons, aimed at grades 3-5, created for children to explore and learn traditional school subjects like math, science, history, language, geography, etc. with Broward County themes.

Each subject matter has various lessons with quizzes or learning activities at the end to foster reading comprehension and imagination!For each completed subject matter, the child will receive a badge of completion. Once all four subjects have been completed, click below to get your certificate and become an official Visit Lauderdale Junior Ambassador! Click here to access

“Vacation with the Magic is very proud to join the FTA and lend our voice, passion and energy to their work educating traveling families about all the great new family product out there."
Gary P Zeosky, President

Wave Goodbye Vacations joined the FTA network in hopes of learning how to better connect with families in order to assist with building their shared memories through the fun, adventure and fulfillment of travel."
Amy Shapiro, Lead Travel Consultant/Advisor

Whitney's Escapes LLC is very excited to join the FTA to assist those in need who desire to travel with their family.
Whitney Lee, Owner

Traveling In A post-pandemic World - New instabook by Bruce Poon Tip Challenges Us To Do Better

An ode to lovers of travel, by G Adventures Bruce Poon Tip: While reflecting on how this interruption would impact the future of tourism, author, entrepreneur and philanthropist Bruce Poon Tip has concluded that despite the hardships being presented to many of us, we have been given the gift of reshaping how we travel in the future. Read more

South Dakota Tourism Launches New Campaign

In response to COVID-19, South Dakota Tourism launched in March the "Great Places Are Waiting" campaign, a three-phase plan that will run through the summer across all media channels. Read more

iWorld Travel adds Alida Paljevic to Leadership Team

As the travel industry reawakens following a period of historic retrenchment, IWorld of Travel anticipates renewed growth spurred by pent-up demand. Poised for success in the changing environment, the company is adding a dynamic personality to its leadership team. Read more

South African-based Jumbari Family Safaris hosted a family travel webinar to explore the challenges and opportunities which await the industry in a post-COVID-19 world

The webinar was facilitated by the CEO of the Ker & Downey® Africa Group, Lee Kelsall, who represented Jumbari Family Safaris, a division launched by the group in early 2019 to cater to the family traveler. Read more


Americans Look Forward to Travel, Especially to Reunite with Family and Friends

As parts of the country begin the process of opening up, travelers are looking forward to getting back on the road and in the skies according to the most recent Longwoods International tracking study of American travelers. Read more

What Will 2020 Summer Travel Look Like?

As social distancing becomes the norm, summer travel is likely going to be outdoorsy, with travelers staying closer to home and traveling for shorter periods of time. Read more

Research Shows How Pandemic Has Affected Travel Perceptions, Priorities

A recent national study by The Department of Recreation shows how the travel industry could possibly be affected by COVID-19 in the future. The study shows how consumer perceptions about the present — and possibly the future — of the travel industry are being affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more

Travel changed after 9/11; Here’s how it will look after Covid-19 finally recedes

The Covid-19 pandemic has brought travel and tourism to a near-standstill, and no one is sure when it will restart. When travel does begin again, look for it to start with road trips not too far from home, say experts Read more

How COVID’s Psychological Toll Affects Tourism’s Recovery

The travel industry cannot ignore the psychological effects of the COVID-19 crisis. While consumers intend to travel, these best intentions could be short-circuited by self-preservation driven by anxiety and fear. Read more

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