TMS Family Travel Conference Draws Major Family Travel Influencers to Carlsbad, CA
The 4th TMS Family Travel Conference meets Nov 20-22, 2014 at the Omni La Costa Resort.

Content Distribution Channels Examined at TMS Family Travel Conference in California

New York, NY November 12, 2014The fourth TMS Family Travel Conference, the largest convocation of writers, bloggers and influencers in the fast-growing family travel market, meets November 20-22 to explore ways to expand audiences through content distribution, collaboration and partnerships.

The conference, held at the Omni La Costa Resort & Spa, is organized by Travel Media Showcase and co-hosted by Family Travel Forum, Taking The Kids and Visit Carlsbad. Sponsors of the sold-out conference, including Southwest Airlines, Trivago, Walt Disney Parks & Resorts and SeaWorld, represent cruise lines, hospitality, theme parks, discount ticket providers and other verticals of the travel industry which market to families.

“Family travel is a leading segment with a powerful impact on the leisure market,” said Anne Tramer, VP Corporate Communications, Omni Hotels & Resorts. “We are proud to again serve as a host partner to the TMS Family Travel Fall Conference, a great forum for discussion on the incredible influence of family travelers and how to continue to evolve, meet, and exceed this group of guests’ expectations.”

Sam Ross, Executive Director, Visit Carlsbad, added: “It’s with great excitement that we are hosting the 2014 TMS Family Travel Conference and its attendees to showcase the many wonderful assets Carlsbad offers to families. From beaches to lagoons, resorts to budget friendly hotels, Carlsbad provides the very best in family vacations.”

Custom family travel trends and market research from D. K. Shifflet & Associates and MMGY Global will supplement a dozen professional enrichment workshops led by digital publishing and video luminaries, each designed to help family travel writers and bloggers build their brands, get more exposure for their travel stories and better evaluate travel products marketed to families. Speakers include:

Rob Burgos, Full Circle Post
Alejandro Castro Alfaro, Costa Rica Tourism Board
Steve Cohen, MMGY Global
Jeremy Crider, Trivago GmbH
Jeffrey Eslinger, D.K. Shifflet & Associates
Joseph Fennell, XCom Global, Inc.
Ian Ford, Undercover Tourist
Mike Gallagher, CityPASS
Catharine Hamm, Los Angeles Times
Spud Hilton, San Francisco Chronicle &
Jen Leo, LA Times Web Buzz Columnist
Jyl Johnson Pattee, Mom It Forward Media
Susan Lomax, Princess Cruises
Kristi Marcelle, Ciao Bambino
Jennifer Miner, The Vacation Gals
Bruce Murray, &
LiLing Pang, Trekaroo
Dave Parfitt, Adventures by Daddy
Adam Rucker, Southwest Airlines

“We’re excited to feature the top editors from the Los Angeles Times and San Francisco Chronicle, papers which have very successfully expanded into digital,” notes Kyle McCarthy, editor, Family Travel Forum. “We also appreciate the tremendous talent of our presenters, who are using the newest distribution channels to make their voices heard, and are generously sharing their expertise with us at #TMSCarlsbad.”



About Travel Media Showcase
In its 15th year, Travel Media Showcase brings together leading print and broadcast travel media with tourism representatives from around the world to showcase new regions for media to cover, and connect destinations with qualified leads. Travel Media Showcase began producing Family Travel Conferences in 2012 first in New York, then in Dallas. The TMS Brand then evolved into what is now known as TMS Family Travel Conferences and Summits. Travel Media Showcase is a division of J. Vero & Associates, a conference production and management firm based in New Jersey.

About Family Travel Consulting
Family Travel Consulting is the collaboration of Eileen Ogintz of Taking the Kids, the nationally syndicated travel column with millions of readers; and Kyle McCarthy of Family Travel Forum, the vacation planning resource that’s The Wall Street Journal’s “Best for Grandparents” and a Forbes “Favorite.” FTC provides strategy, marketing, digital and social know-how to travel and family products, and hosts the TMSfamily conference for media reaching the family vacation audience.



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