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Family Reunion Planning Sweeps The Nation

Thought you all might enjoy this news clip about this growing event and what it means about our 21 century family.

"Family Reunion Planning
Sweeps The Nation"
July 14, 2005

Family reunion activities are experiencing an upsurge. Family members report frequenting several family reunion events in recent years. More then ever before. Genealogy research sites are popping up and reporting heightened activity.

A search in google.comís organic listing using popular keywords related to family reunions and family travel returns 1,170,000 pages on the subject of family reunions. Among the links are large traffic sites jammed packed with information from party favors at family reunion gatherings to family reunion planning guides. There's even a family reunion web-ring offering family stories, anecdotes and do's and doníts of family reunion planning.

Whatís triggering the growth in family reunion activity? What is the catalyst that causing the basic units of society to come together? One of the factors contributing to the upsurge is connected to 9-11-01. "It seems everyone knows someone who lost a friend or relative on that day. It makes you want to hold on tight to your family, your future and acknowledge your ancestryĒ, said one family reunion committee member.

While overseas travel dropped by double digits in 2001, the number of Americans traveling to family reunions at that time increased to 37 percent. More RVs were rented, more families traveled. One travel agency saw multigenerational family travel and reunion-type family travel increase for first-time visitors from 20 percent in 2000 to 34 percent in 2001.

A survey of 400 ASTA and members found that 67 percent reported booking travel accommodations for family reunions within the year since Sept 11 2001, while 64.5 percent reported an increase in requests to book family reunion trips over the past five years. Noticing an increase in family travel in the aftermath of Sept. 11, Sonesta launched the Our Family Invites Your Family package."

Family is not dead.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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