Talking giving back at the TMS Niagara Family Travel Conference

Posted on | October 8, 2013 | 1 Comment

by Mara

TMS Family TravelAlthough Passports with Purpose is a virtual fundraiser, sometimes it’s nice for us to talk to sponsors and bloggers face to face. That’s why we were so happy to be invited to the September 2013 Travel Media Showcase (TMS) Family Travel Conference in Niagara, New York.

I had the honor to speak about Giving and Giving Back in the Family Travel Community with Nancy Schretter of FamilyTravelNetwork.com who spoke about Together For Good and Kit Bernardi of the Society for American Travel Writers (SATW) who discussed SATW’s outreach efforts. It was especially moving to listen to conference organizer Joanne Vero of Travel Media Showcase talk about the SATW Teen Travel Writing award, the winners of which were announced during our panel. The first prize entry about Coney Island was especially close to Joanne’s heart, since she hails from Brooklyn.

I had never visited the American side of Niagara Falls. I’ve heard the argument that the view is better on the Canadian side, but one thing I can tell you is that our neighbors to the north don’t have the Cave of the Winds or Bridal Veil Falls.On the first evening of the conference we were invited to stand pretty much underneath this tremendous force of nature. The steps leading up to the falls were the perfect vantage point from which to watch the fireworks display (which goes off several times a week during the summer and early fall).

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Just another Friday evening in Niagara, NY. Photo courtesy of Dave Parfitt, Adventures by Daddy

And a gorgeous view of Bridal Falls wasn’t the only thing we were treated to – we enjoyed a delicious lunch at Savor, the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute’s restaurant; saw amazing balloon animals being created and Native American dancers performing; and toured  Old Fort Niagara by candlelight.

Niagara Falls

I think the U.S. view of Niagara Falls is pretty great – don’t you? Photo courtesy of Dave Parfitt, Adventures by Daddy

Thanks so much to conference organizers Kyle McCarthy of Family Travel Forum, Eileen Ogintz of Taking the Kids, and Joane Vero for letting us share our mission and fundraiser information with the  bloggers and brands in attendance. The conference had numerous sponsors who covered all attendees’ costs (read all about them here) but a special shout out is due to Niagara USA for generously hosting us and showing us just how much fun their neighborhood is.

Want to learn more about the conference and what we saw and did? Check out these posts:

Niagara Falls, NY With Kids from Family Travel Magazine

Showering the Love on Niagara Falls USA – Reasons to Stay in New York from Adventures by Daddy

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One Response to “Talking giving back at the TMS Niagara Family Travel Conference”

  1. Joanne Vero
    October 8th, 2013 @ 11:02 am

    Mara,
    It was an honor to feature your amazing dedication to giving back. You have my commitment to continue to support your efforts and I want you to know that I feel blessed to have you as one of my dots!
    ~Jo

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