Daily Travel Tips
Weekly Column
Eileens Blog
Travel Diary
In the Media

Daily Tips

Christmas walkabout in Bermuda

Nov 25, 2014
This holiday season in Bermuda, join the Christmas walkabout St. George. The walkabout goes to several holes in UNESCO World Heritage Site and they are all decorated with lights and open to the public.

Eileen's Favorites


Calendar of Events

Get out there and have some fun! See family friendly events happening all over the nation in our Calendar of Events.


Passports with Purpose


INAUGURAL FAMILY TRAVEL CONFERENCE CONVENES IN NEW YORK FEB. 3-4


Family rafting on Yellowstone River

Family rafting on Yellowstone River

NEW YORK — The first Family Travel Conference, which convenes at the Omni Berkshire Hotel Feb. 3-4, underscores what parents, and some in the travel industry, have known for a long time: Family Travel is big business.

Family travel now accounts for well over 100 million trips a year and is one of the fastest growing segments of the leisure travel market with hotels, cruise lines, even adventure companies offering an ever growing array of programs and amenities for families. More than a million children now cruise each year; Baby Boomer grandparents increasingly are part of the equation. No parent or grandparent any longer apologizes for bringing a child, even to the toniest hotel.  On the contrary, today’s family travelers expect the travel industry to cater to them and their children. 

“That’s totally different than when I started reporting about family travel more than two decades ago,” said Eileen Ogintz, creator of the syndicated column Taking the Kids™ and Takingthekids.com, a leading national expert on the subject. “There were only a handful of us even asking questions about traveling with kids and no one considered it an important market. It’s wonderful to see how that has completely changed with a 30 per cent market share.”

Today, scores of writers and bloggers are turning their attention to family travel as the travel industry works to please increasingly sophisticated young travelers with everything from junior gourmet menus to cooking  and language lessons to  multi-million dollar  kids’ and teen clubs. Despite this economy, families still put a high priority on vacationing together.

“Visiting families to Orlando tell us how increasingly important it is to them to get away as a family and really nurture their relationships with one another,” said Susan Lomax, a spokesman for the Orlando Convention and Visitors Bureau. Orlando ranked number one as the most visited U.S. destination in 2010 with nearly 50 million visitors.  “Families want to be entertained, amazed, excited and rejuvenated and they really want help planning it all.  Conferences like this will help keep key influencers informed on how to help family’s make the most of their time together.”

This two-day conference has been organized by Eileen Ogintz, Kyle McCarthy, creator of  FamilyTravelForum.com, , Kim Orlando, founder of  TravelingMom.com and JoAnne Vero, who produces Travel Media Showcase every year.  A select group of A-list family travel bloggers and writers will participate in workshops on how they can hone their craft in this 21st Century media marketplace and discuss the latest family travel trends.            

“The Family Travel Conference just makes sense: Moms make the majority of the family travel decisions and they have specific needs when they plan a trip,” said Kim Orlando.  “We will meet to improve how we get relevant information to parents.”           

Sponsors include major national and smaller New York-based travel providers—from Walt Disney World, the Orlando Convention and Visitors Bureau, Norwegian Cruise Line and Omni Hotels to Camp Broadway, NYC Passes, and Virgil’s Barbeque Restaurant.   “The family travel market continues to grow and is an important segment of our business,” said Anne Marie Matthews, spokesman for Norwegian Cruise Line, which sails weekly from New York City. “Norwegian’s involvement with the conference is the perfect opportunity to connect with the industry’s most influential travel writers.”


Eileen in the Media | 2 Comments

2 Responses to INAUGURAL FAMILY TRAVEL CONFERENCE CONVENES IN NEW YORK FEB. 3-4

  1. Pingback: Home Callout Middle | Taking the Kids

  2. cancan says:

    This was a fabulous conference! I’m so encouraged to see Family Travel becoming a mainstream activity!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>






Connect

Facebook Twitter YouTube Follow us with RSS

Family Travel Guides for Every Season

eNewsletter Archives

Taking the Kids publishes two e-newsletters per month, filled with information and advice for families traveling with children as well as tips on destinations and special travel offers from sponsors.





Find your hotel at the best price
Compare booking sites with trivago!

Follow us on Twitter



Recent Comments:

  • Joe: Great article! Nicaragua gets overlooked so much because of the popularity of other Central American countries like Costa Rica and Belize. It is a great...
  • sharon schmidt: I want to take two of my grandchildren on an eight to ten day cruise. Bella is eight and ty is seven and my two single parents children. It would...
  • Luisa: Hope you come back soon … ciao !
  • Kit Burns: We loved Palazzo Te’, too. The frescoes are some of the best in Italy! Remarkable. A great place for kids to visit – or anyone.
  • Kit Burns: I love this little village, too. It is a real off the beaten track find. Thanks for writing about it. Kit
  • noemi bermudez: We really want to go out on a Disney cruise for the holidays but they always conflict with Christmas recess helllppp!!!
  • dina: I really liked your article. I have family living in London, I hope it is close to east End so I can visit all the restaurants you mention.