Media only, February 14, 2008: Family vacation experts revisit 1998 Award Winners and find renewed excellence for 2007 family vacation resort awards.
(New York, NY) Family Travel Forum, the leading publisher of family vacation/travel websites, congratulates the winners of the 10th annual “Top 10 Getaways for Tiny Travelers” awards honoring resorts that cater to the special needs of new parents with children under age 5. In the company’s 2007 survey of what had changed in travel as the original tiny travelers grew into ‘tweens (see 2007 Award Winners), Family Travel Forum staff discovered that the same pioneering resorts that were honored a decade ago continue to excel in meeting the changing needs of family travelers.
We honor these establishments for their innovative dedication to families:
Top Beach Resorts
Beaches Boscobel, Jamaica – All Beaches Resorts have invited Big Bird and other Sesame Street characters to edutain the preschool crowd.
Franklyn D. Resort, Jamaica – Where private vacation nannies continue to cater to babies, kids, moms, dads and now, grandparents.
Top Country Resorts
Smugglers’ Notch, Vermont – Where two-and-a-half-year-olds can begin ski lessons in what’s become the active family’s year-round getaway.
The Tyler Place, Vermont – Where phenomenal tinies through teens’ programs and a low-key atmosphere have kept families coming back for 75 summers.
Top European Getaways
The Grove, England – Sister resort to our original winner, London’s Athenaeum, this country property caters to babies in real British style.
Sheraton Algarve Pine Cliffs, Portugal – Whose luxury services and children’s facilities get even better each year with input from guest surveys.
Top Ski Resorts
Jackson Hole, Wyoming – Whose programs have grown along with the babies to make this resort a magnet for teen snowboarders.
Taos Ski Valley, New Mexico – Where a snowboarding ban has been revoked, and guests under 12 months receive even more personal care than before.
The Peaks Resort & Spa, Colorado – Whose recipe for maximizing fitness and family wellness while infants are happy and well cared-for remains a success despite management changes.
Top Wilderness Camp
Montecito-Sequoia Lodge, California – Where old-fashioned summer camp fun and rustic lodging continue to work for all ages as elders join the family mix.
Publisher John Manton notes that, “These resorts excel because they have continued to evolve in response to changing family needs.” Several of this year’s “Top 10 Getaways for Tiny Travelers” award winners point to families’ new needs: step and blended groups of kids, multi-generational holidays, fitness-conscious parents, and those hoping to include teens, as motivating factors for a decade of change.
Read more about each property’s evolution at http://www.familytravelforum.com/what/award_winners/12740-Top-Getaways-for-Tiny-Travelers-2007.html. Adds Mr. Manton, “The travel industry can only profit when more family members want to join the annual vacation because their needs are being considered.”
About Family Travel Forum
Family Travel Forum (FTF), whose motto is “Have Kids, Still Travel!“, is dedicated to the ideals, promotion and support of travel with children. In addition to its staff of seasoned travel professionals and expert contributors, FTF’s global online network provides a venue for members to share personalized accounts of family vacations. The company’s family of award-winning vacation websites contain vast libraries of destination research, including first-hand reviews of tropical and ski resorts, reunion destinations, attractions, multi-generational travel, holiday weekends, family festivals and cruises. Family Travel Forum offers trip-planning consultation and discounts from preferred vendors to individual families, licenses content to Disney’s Family.com and other major brands, and recently published its first guidebook with co-author Laura Sutherland, “Amazing Places to Take Your Kids in North America.” In conjunction with its consulting division, FTF has also worked with Fairmont Hotels, Chrysler and Forbes, among others, to develop campaigns aimed at the frequent family traveler.
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