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Secure Tourism Summit Reveals What’s Next in Airport Security

The first Secure Tourism Summit was held in New York City on April 9,2017. It was sponsored by the industry trade organization, US Travel Association and, while many of the topics discussed were directed to large organizations, a few concepts were quite apt for family travelers. Starting with the numbers, the United...

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Taking Your Sandcastles and Sculptures to the Next Level

Since most beach-goers would enjoy some tips on building better sandcastles, I interviewed the world-famous sand sculptor, Todd Vander Pluym, when he visited New York on behalf of Visit California. Pluym was working on a kid-friendly 12-foot, 60-ton sand sculpture at South Street Seaport that featured California’s main tourist attractions,...

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Royal Caribbean Adds Lifeguards To All Ships

One of the largest and most well known cruise companies in the world, Royal Caribbean International, will now be adding lifeguards to their cruise ships. For years, Royal Caribbean has held to the belief that safety aboard their ships is in part the responsibility of their passengers. Now, the company has changed their guest safety policy to include lessons on water safety for children onboard,...

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Caribbean Hospitality and Tourism Scholarship Applications Are Open

The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association Tourism Association (CHTAEF) announces it's 2017 scholarship program to Caribbean students pursuing higher education in the fields of hospitality and tourism. The scholarship has given recipients the chance to earn their degrees at accredited universities...

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Punta Cana’s Boldest New All-Inclusive

Punta Cana is satiated with all-inclusive resorts yet the Luxury Bahia Principe Fantasia Don Pablo Collection rises above the pack, delivering an energetic, all-inclusive family beach vacation that takes it up a notch with unbeatable live entertainment. Full disclosure: I’m a native New Yorker and we do everything big. In the Big Apple, one thing we’re not big on is subtlety;...

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Our 15 Favorite Mardi Gras Celebrations Outside New Orleans

Here's our top 15 places for party-lovers and Catholics everywhere to commemorate Carnival, Mardi Gras and other pre-Lenten festivals. A traditional period of celebration that begins on 12th Night in January, and culminates on Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday (also called Shrove Tuesday), it's always celebrated 47 days before Easter to mark the first day of Lent. New...

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Safety Tips For Hotel And Resort Vacations

When travelers are surveyed about what is most important to them when planning a family vacation, the No. 1 answer is a safe environment. But while safety is top-of-mind when planning a vacation, many families often forget the most common-sense safety rules once their vacation begins. In case you're wondering how safe it is to let the kids wander around your hotel, here are some tips from...

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Where Families Will Go in 2017

After reviewing the latest travel research and trends, Family Travel Forum, the vacation planning resource trusted by families since 1996, is presenting its view on where families will go in 2017 and, more importantly, why. Here are the Top 10 Destinations plus an old trend –...

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Dominican Republic Family Hotels And Resorts

Pick the best hotel for your family so you can explore the luscious history and tropical sunny weather of one of the world's most beautiful islands. The Dominican Republic offers a top value Caribbean beach getaway marked by rich cultural influences that create a distinctive and fascinating history. Not only do guests have the opportunity to embrace the astounding scenery on eco-vacations,...

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Cuba is Closer at the American Museum of Natural History

Cuba, a Caribbean isle whose recently unmuted siren song is attracting sophisticated travelers, has just come a little closer. In conjunction with the island nation of Cuba opening up to foreign influence at political, touristic and economic levels, its culture and biodiversity have planted a beachhead in New York’s American Museum of Natural History. The new exhibit ¡CUBA! is...

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