Faith Travel Association
For many travelers, the journey is as much about the spirit as it is about the body. The journey begins here. The Faith Travel Association is a worldwide community of tour operators, travel agents, destinations and travel suppliers serving the faith-based travel market. The World Tourism Organization estimates that approximately 330 million tourists visit the world’s key religious sites every year.
Faith-based travel includes pilgrimages, leisure trips, getaways, adventure and active travel, conferences, events, missions, humanitarian trips and more. NTA members can add a suite of FTA benefits focused on the faith-based travel segment to their annual membership subscription.
FTA Member-only Breakfast at Travel Exchange '17
The Faith Travel Association is pleased to announce this year’s speaker for the FTA Breakfast at Travel Exchange: Lori Erickson. Lori is one of the country’s top travel writers specializing in spiritual journeys. She has published more than a thousand articles in national and regional publications, including National Geographic Traveler, Woman’s Day, Family Circle, Better Homes & Gardens, and House Beautiful.
In her recently published Holy Rover: Journeys in Search of Mystery, Miracles, and God, Erickson weaves her personal narrative with descriptions of 12 different pilgrimages ranging from Jerusalem and Machu Picchu to sacred places in the United States. Each of these journeys, several of which include encounters with spiritual leaders, gives Erickson a chance to reflect on her own religious beliefs and provides valuable perspective and insight.
Lori will share her own faith travel experiences, why faith-based travel is important today, what travel trends she sees in faith travel, and more! You don’t want to miss Lori Erickson!
- What: FTA Breakfast
- Who: Lori Erickson, faith travel writer
- Where: Travel Exchange ’17 in San Antonio
- When: Saturday, Dec. 16 at 7:30 a.m.
FTA members, please contact Kay Saffari to register for the breakfast. If you’d like more info on joining FTA or attending the breakfast, Kay will be happy to help you.
FTA Membership Benefits
- Directory of faith leaders and organizations for your marketing needs
- Directory of FTA members (printed and online) to build your network
- FTA Toolkit of Resources to support your work and save you time
- FTA logo to add credibility to your website and marketing materials
- Dedicated FTA staff member to provide support
- Great exposure for your organization
- New FTA members introduced in NTA’s Courier magazine
- Inclusion in FTA directory of Trip Planner for Faith-based Travel, reaching more than 10,000 faith leaders and all NTA and FTA members
- FTA members identified in NTA Membership Directory (printed annually)
- FTA members searchable on NTA Online
- Opportunity to be highlighted in Routes of Faith e-magazine
Access FTA With a Small Addition To Annual Dues
- Travel Planner: $49
- Tour Operator: $99
- Supplier, DMO, Associate: $199
- Exclusive FTA-only business and networking opportunities
- FTA-only website content
- FTA member surveys providing key market and travel trends information
- Opportunity for FTA-only product development trips (tour operators)
- FTA Facebook page
- FTA-only educational webinars
- Seminars focused on faith-based travel
- Faith-based content in NTA’s Tuesday e-newsletter
FTA’s Trip Planner for Faith-based Travel
Trip Planner for Faith-based Travel reaches people of faith who journey together to festivals, conferences, mission trips and retreats. It’s used year-round by those who plan meaningful travel experiences. You can read the latest issue here.
Routes of Faith Magazine
Routes of Faith is the quarterly publication of Faith Travel Association, blending articles that educate and inspire as well as share the many destinations offered by FTA members. Our publication works to bridge the gap between our tour operators, suppliers, agents and DMOs with faith leaders around the world. By offering stories that inspire leaders of all faiths to promote travel as a tool for spiritual growth, we help churches enjoy greater cultural awareness and growth. Routes of Faith also provides articles that educate readers to new and innovative ways to travel, including eco-friendly and sustainable trends.
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