The latest on family travel: The evolution of kids clubs

Clockwise from top left: Travel advisor Deb Swacker, Folo host Rebecca Tobin and hotels editor Christina Jelski talk about the importance of kids clubs and the investments resorts have made in programming for children.

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This episode stems from hotels editor Christina Jelski’s cover story about the evolution of kids clubs: How resorts are pouring significant investment into children’s spaces and programming to make them bigger and better, with more activities and more design upgrades to impress any parent (let alone the kids).

Jelski and host Rebecca Tobin also talk with travel advisor Deb Swacker about how much the kids club plays a role in travel-planning decisions, what her clients want in kids’ programming, what resorts need to do to appeal to tweens and teens, and whether parents should feel guilty for taking time for themselves on a family vacation.

Finally, we delve into some bigger trends outlined in the Family Travel Association’s latest survey and ask: How much money do people actually spend on family travel?

This episode was recorded Nov. 10 and has been edited for length and clarity.

Episode sponsor:

This episode is sponsored by ALG Vacations

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Family Travel Association

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