Genealogy and family reunions have both experienced an upsurge in popularity in the past few years. Reunions offer adults and kids the chance to connect with far-away loved ones by exploring their familial roots and common history. A survey conducted last summer by the Travel Industry Association of America (TIA) found that one in three (34%) U.S. adults have traveled to a family reunion in the past three years. The key to a successful, enjoyable reunion is choosing a low-stress location. Hotels located in major drive-to destinations are close to attractions and offer affordable, accessible, and family-focused accommodations.
According to the Travel Industry Association of America (TIA), travelers are willing to hit the road to attend their family reunions, with 34 percent traveling 500 or more miles one way away from home. Another 34 percent traveled between 150 and 499 miles, while 32 percent traveled less than 150 miles to their reunion. (www.tia.org)
Tips on planning a family reunion are available at the American Society of Travel Agents Web site: http://www.astanet.com/travel/reuniontips.asp?r=/travel/reuniontips.asp
Grand prize for the new Bring the Whole Family Sweepstakes, sponsored by the Ramada®, Days Inn®, Howard Johnson®, Travelodge®, Super 8®, Wingate Inn®, AmeriHost Inn®, Knights Inn® and Villager hotel brands, is a reunion for up to 15 people anywhere in the continental United States or Toronto or Montreal.
The sweepstakes, open to AARP members and consumers age 50 or older, runs through Sept. 4.Ê The grand prize includes hotel accommodations, five car rentals provided by Avis® Rent A Car, 15 roundtrip airline tickets provided by CheapTickets.com, $2,500 cash and family tree software provided by Genealogy.com®.Ê No purchase is necessary to enter.Ê
For official rules and to enter the sweepstakes, consumers can visit www.familysweepstakes.com.