A recent study showed that Baby Boomers and older members of Generation X were fueling a boom in family vacations, said Bjorn Hanson, hospitality consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers, an international accounting company. Teens are showing more interest in family vacations than they did five or six years ago, Hanson said.

"Baby boomers are realizing that their kids are in the last years where family vacations are an opportunity and are recognizing that more than ever before, children in the family need to be involved in the planning of a vacation," Hanson said. "Teens specifically expect that."

Four Seasons hotels began hiring teenage concierges last year at their properties in Toronto, London, New York, Atlanta, Chicago and Whistler, British Columbia. The kids are locals who know the area, and most are in high school or college. Most of the hotels are staffed with the young concierges during the summer and major holidays.

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