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New Association Aims to Help Families Avoid Travel Woes

Features & Advice | Donald Wood | April 07, 2015

New Association Aims to Help Families Avoid Travel Woes

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Traveling with your family should be an unforgettable experience, but anyone who has attempted to make a long journey with children understands that it can be one of the most chaotic and stressful times imaginable.

The Family Travel Association (FTA), which launched Monday, is here to help.

According to a report from Christopher Elliott of the USA Today, the FTA will work with parents and guardians to help encourage and educate on how to travel efficiently and with the least amount of headaches. The FTA will also be working with travel industry leaders to determine which hotels, airlines, amusement parks and other amenities are most family friendly.

FTA president Rainer Jenss told Elliott, “We want to help parents and inspire them to travel…The fact is, the industry has never before come together for the specific purpose of helping families and inspiring them to travel. Now, the industry is joining forces to present a clear and unified message — that travel with kids can be transformational, not just recreational, and that there are things you can do with your children that you may never have dreamed possible.”

The numbers back up the influence of family travel on the industry and the hesitance from parents with small children. According to a 2014 survey by TripAdvisor, 92 percent of those taking a trip planned to bring their families for the journey. Those numbers are up seven percent from 2013.

In another study conducted by MasterCard, “89 percent of families were frazzled by the amount of time and effort required for planning a successful trip.”

The whole reason behind the formation of the Family Travel Association is to assist parents and guardians traveling with children. From helping with itineraries to guiding people to family-friendly facilities, this could be the resource many travelers have needed.


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