NEW YORK (MainStreet) — Family memories can last a lifetime, especially when they're created in paradise. The travel industry is trying to cash in on this sentiment by offering promotions targeting multigenerational getaways.
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According to a recent AAA Travel survey, more than one-third (36%) of those surveyed plan to take a multigenerational trip within the next year. A quarter of those respondents said they plan to travel with three generations, including both their children and parents or in-laws.
"Many people are realizing that travel is a great way to form bonds with family members and spend quality time together," said Heather Hunter, spokeswoman for AAA.
"The main thing that goes into planning a successful multigenerational trip is choosing a vacation that encompasses something for everybody," Hunter said.
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"Cruises are great, because it allows members of the family to take part in different activities and still meet up for meals or at the pool," Hunter said. "Tour vacations are also a nice option because they can be customized to meet the needs of the group, and theme parks are a good fit for active families."
If you're looking for an ideal trip for your multigenerational clan, consider these current offerings and discounts.
Club Med's resorts in Florida, Dominican Republic and Mexico recently launched a Family Reunion Package, offering up to 15% off for guests booking seven rooms or more. The deal also comes with a private cocktail party, which includes non-alcoholic beverages for kids.
The promotion provides access to Club Med's Family Rooms and Family Suites, as well a variety of family-friendly sports events and activities, such as sailing, volleyball, fitness classes, golf and kite-surfing. The children's program includes junior tennis, golf, circus school and Petit Chef cooking lessons.
The Family Reunion Package must be booked before August 27, 2014 for travel until April 30, 2015.
Meanwhile, Walt Disney World theme parks are currently offering a free additional day on each park ticket when you buy six or more four-day or longer Magic Your Way tickets.
Tickets must be purchased through August 17, 2014 to be used immediately, this summer or at some later dates.
Disney's Group Getaways program also provides extra incentives to groups that book ten rooms or more. Special room rates at select Disney Resort hotels and "unique Disney experiences, such as behind-the-scenes tours or private theme park events" are among the offerings, according to the company's website.
At the luxury end of the market, Four Seasons just launched a new vacation rental website that showcases a portfolio of exclusive urban and resort residences around the world.
By visiting vacationrentals.fourseasons.com, guests can browse through exclusive properties and select an urban residence or resort villa that accommodates groups of people while providing the comforts of home. They can search based on price, number of guests, square footage and location.
Each property also features a selection of a la carte services, such as a private Four Seasons chef, a chauffeur, a fully stocked fridge or childproofing before arrival.
"We're seeing a steady increase in multigenerational and small group travel – guests who want to get away with children, grandparents or groups of friends to celebrate holidays or mark special moments – and these guests are looking at residential options," Jose Soriano, vice president of worldwide residential operations for Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, said in a statement.
--Written by Renee Morad for MainStreet