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Staying Connected with the Family Travel Association


Dec 9, 2021 12:41 PM

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Amy Urquhart
Vacation Specialist and Certified Cruise Counsellor @Pure Magic Vacations
Amy Urquhart is a Vacation Specialist and Certified Cruise Counsellor at Pure Magic Vacations. She lives and works from home in Ontario, Canada. Amy's career in family travel began 22 years ago when she worked as a Crew Member on board the Disney Wonder, providing guests with an exceptional level of service. Since then, she's been caring for families and fans as a member of the hospitality industry, finally transitioning full-time to travel four years ago. Amy specializes in selling the Disney destinations, Universal Orlando Resort and cruising. She's been married for 15 years and has a 12-year-old son. She writes about travel for Canadians on her website, www.AmyAtPureMagicVacations.ca, and you can find her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram as @PureMagicAmy.
Jennifer Spatz
CEO& Founder @Global Family Travels
A cultural anthropologist at heart, Jennifer Spatz is Founder and CEO of Seattle-area Global Family Travels, whose mission is to “Learn, Serve and Immerse,” using travel as a means to build cultural bridges and to foster global citizens. She is passionate about creating family-friendly trips that are truly meaningful and often times around the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, encouraging travelers of all ages to become both stewards of the environment and citizens of the world. Since she launched Global Family Travels in 2010, Jennifer’s vision has been to unite humanity and inspire travelers to take responsibility for the challenges and opportunities facing our increasingly interconnected planet. Jennifer is also the Chapter Lead for Greater Seattle Chapter of Impact Travel Alliance and a Travel Designer for the Transformational Travel Council.
Carylann Assante, CAE
CEO @SYTA and SYTA Youth Foundation & FTA Treasurer and Board Member
A seasoned tourism and association executive with more than 30 years of experience in the industry, Carylann Assante, CAE serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the Student & Youth Travel Association, the international association that promotes student and youth travel worldwide. Carylann is also the Chief Staff Officer of the SYTA Youth Foundation, the philanthropic arm that provides scholarships and education experiences for students and youth who are unable to travel due to financial and personal hardship. In 2013, SYTA initiated a strategic research program that provides key industry insights on the student and youth group travel market globally. cassante@syta.org, www.syta.org www.sytayouthfoundation.org, www.familytravel.org