March 2016

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Family Travel

In this Issue:

  • Caribbean: The New All-Inclusives for Families
  • Spring Into Hawaii’s Family Fun
  • Family-Friendly Sailings
  • Onsite Review: Sandals Ochi Beach Resort
  • What’s New in Alaska
  • Mexico: New Happenings at All-Inclusives
  • New Choices for Families in Florida
African Travel Inc. has a Kenya trip that includes a stay at Sala’s Camp in Maasai Mara.

Tour Talk: Are We There Yet?

On the hunt for the coolest family tours.
Bird’s-eye view of Barcelo Puerto Vallarta.

Hotel Desk: Growth of Barcelo

We caught up with Juan Perez Sosa, senior v.p. of sales and marketing, USA for Barcelo Hotels & Resorts, to ask about the growth of Barcelo and the company’s long-term strategy.
The new Melia Braco Village in Jamaica.

The New All-Inclusives for Families

Could any trend be stronger than the posting of puppy videos on Facebook? Just one: the race to open name-brand, all-inclusive resorts, some for adults only and others that are family-friendly. Here’s how three successful companies are parenting new resorts targeting families.
The Butler Village Honeymoon Romeo & Juliet Sanctuary One Bedroom Villa Suite with Private Pool.

Onsite Review: Sandals Ochi Beach Resort

Almost every time a staffer in a golf cart passed me while I was walking to/from my butler suite at Sandals Ochi Beach Resort, he or she offered me a lift. Why? (a) The resort covers a lot of ground. (b) The employees really know how to provide service. (c) I looked incapable of walking without adult supervision. Class, your job is to pick the two correct answers.
Paradisus Resorts is offering an array of new activities for teens.

New Happenings at All-Inclusives

Today’s all-inclusives have finally dusted off yesteryear’s mindset and are playing a whole different ballgame.
The ropes course on board the Norwegian Escape.

Family-Friendly Sailings

Adventures abound on board cruise lines—captivating enough to convince kids of all ages that they’ve plunged down the rabbit hole into a seagoing wonderland.
Fairmont Kea Lani Maui waterslide.

Spring Into Hawaii’s Family Fun

Families tie into sweet deals, free meals and plenty of perks.
The Beach House at Playa Largo Resort & Spa.

Florida’s Going Bonkers with New Choices for Families

Throughout Florida, new attractions, tours and hotels ideal for mom, dad, jr. and princess, not to mention grandma and grandpa, are continuously popping up, cementing Florida as a one-stop family vacation fun shop.
Icy Strait Point in Hoonah, Alaska is building a new dock and Welcome Center for the upcoming cruise season.

Onsite Review: Icy Strait Point, Hoonah

What can a town with no stop lights, two gas stations, one public school from pre-K to 12th grade, a total population of 765, one combined volunteer fire and police station, and a clinic with one doctor who comes to town a few times a month offer your clients? A whole lotta charm.
Alaska Railroad’s 8-day customizable Alaska’s National Parks by Rail itinerary.

ALASKA

We've gathered a handful of new offerings in Alaska.
G Adventures offers family trips in Costa Rica that include plenty of outdoor activities.

Adventure-Lands Ripe for Family Travel

We all know that family travel is a booming segment of the leisure marketplace, and Latin America has some of the hottest spots of all.