CARLSBAD, CA – The fourth TMS Family Travel Conference, the largest convocation of writers, bloggers and influencers in the fast-growing family travel market, gathers here Nov. 20-22 to explore ways the media can expand their audiences through content distribution, collaboration and partnerships.

TMS Family Travel conference

Colby Shipwash the owner of Days of a Domestic Dad, will join just 40 select media to hear custom travel trends and market research from D. K. Shifflet & Associates and MMGY Global. The professional enrichment workshops led by digital publishing and video luminaries are designed to help travel media build their brands, get more exposure for their stories and better evaluate travel products marketed to families.

TMS Family Travel conference

The conference, held at the Omni La Costa Resort & Spa, is organized by Travel Media Showcase,Family Travel Forum, Taking The Kids and Visit Carlsbad.  Sponsors, including Southwest Airlines, Trivago, Walt Disney Parks & Resorts, SeaWorld, cruise lines, domestic and international destinations, discount ticket providers and others who market to families, represent all aspects of the travel industry.

“Family travel is a leading segment with a powerful impact on the leisure market,” said Anne Tramer, vice president, 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 of Visit Carlsbad, adds, “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!”

About Travel Media Showcase

In its 15th year, Travel Media Showcase, a division of J. Vero & Associates, 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.

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.