Families Across America Celebrate National Family Reunion Month

The American Resort Development Association Provides “Time for Togetherness” Tips and Techniques

WASHINGTON, July 29, 2014 – Honoring the long tradition of connecting far-flung families during the summer months, the American Resort Development Association (ARDA) offers “how-to” travel options to help make family reunions fun, affordable and stress-free. “Take Time for Togetherness” is an ARDA initiative that provides suggested reunion activities, location ideas and success tips.

Family reunions continue to grow in importance and according to a June 2014 AAA survey, many travelers will use the summer vacation months to bond with extended family members—with more than one-third (36 percent) planning to take a multi-generational trip in the next 12 months. But traveling with large groups of all different ages can be a challenge, as everyone has different interests and ideas of what they like to do on vacation.

“Family reunions have become more than a picnic in the park—people want to spend quality time with their extended families,” said Howard Nusbaum, ARDA president and CEO. “From spacious accommodations to activities for everyone, many travelers are turning to timeshare products as great vacation options for family reunions. Timeshare continues to provide an experience for large families to be together, while still having some personal space.”

For family reunion planning tips, see our “Take Time for Togetherness” Guide (PDF) which provides travelers with event planning tips—including managing invitations, selecting a location, ice-breaker games, decorations and ways to stay in touch all year long. The helpful hints are available on ARDA’s consumer website, www.vacationbetter.org.

Everyone deserves not just a vacation but a better vacation—especially when it’s a family reunion.


The American Resort Development Association (ARDA) is the Washington D.C.-based professional association representing the vacation ownership and resort development industries. Established in 1969, ARDA today has almost 1,000 members ranging from privately held firms to publicly traded companies and international corporations with expertise in shared ownership interests in leisure real estate. The membership also includes timeshare owner associations (HOAs), resort management companies, and owners through the ARDA Resort Owners Coalition (ARDA-ROC). For more information, visit www.arda.org or ARDA’s consumer website at www.VacationBetter.org.

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