If you are starting your business in tourism and you feel a little lonely or have gaps or lack of preparation or support, you are strongly advised to join a tourism association.


Being part of an organization or a community will help you greatly. These associations are there to accompany you in the development of your business, they are professionals in the tourism industry who advise, train, represent and defend you.

There are hundreds of organizations around the world, it becomes difficult to choose the one that will work best for your travel agency, so just read our list and see if one of them stands out. 




ABTA, Association of British Travel Agents 


This association was created more than 70 years ago and is the leading travel association in the UK. Its 80-strong team primarily provides advice to its members in promoting responsible tourism in the UK and abroad.


ADN Tourisme : 


The federation was born in 2020 from the merger of the three historical federations of institutional tourism players, Offices de Tourisme de France, Tourisme & Territoires and Destination Régions. By bringing together representatives of the three territorial levels in metropolitan France and the French overseas territories, it represents the combined strengths of nearly 1,100 organizations and 11,500 employees at the national level.


ATES, Association pour le Tourisme Equitable et Solidaire :

It is a professional network of actors and specialists of fair and solidarity tourism, created in 2006. It gathers more than 30 travel producers, tourism operators in France and associated members, all committed to making tourism a lever for development and solidarity with local populations and actors.


APST, Association Professionnelle de Solidarité du Tourisme :


Constituted in 1964, the association created by Professionals of Tourism, gathers the physical or moral persons, intervening in the sector of tourism, to the travel agents and other operators of the sale of trips and stays.


ATEC, Australian Tourism Export Council : 


Since 1972, it has represented the international tourism industry with the objective of facilitating the growth of the inbound tourism business in Australia. Their mission is to bring together buyers and sellers in the tourism industry through events. Membership fees depend on the category.


ATTA, Adventure Travel Trade Association : 


Founded in 1990, this association is the world's largest network of adventure tourism leaders, with over 100 members. The connections and creativity of this community come together both virtually and in person, their solution propels your business into a responsible and profitable future. Membership fee: $99 USD per year.




BRAND USA :


Founded in 2011, it promotes the United States as a premier travel destination, with over 900 partner organizations to invite the world to explore the destinations and experiences available in the United States of America.



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CTA, Coach Tourism Association : 


This association was established 30 years ago to bring together the coach tourism industry and promote coach travel and tourism. It has over 300 members in the coach tourism industry and maintains relationships between organizations mainly in the UK. The fee varies between £75-550, depending on your category.


CATO, Council of Australian Tour Operators : 


CATO is a trade association representing the national and outbound land supply sector of the Australian travel industry. Members reflect an ethical and sustainable style of travel.


CLIA, Cruise Lines International Association : 


CLIA is the world's largest cruise industry trade association, with representation in North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australasia.



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Destination Canada : 


An association with a comprehensive site consisting of separate micro-sites for travellers, travel agents, tour operators, business event planners and the media, Destination Canada promotes its country and what it has to offer. For tour operators and travel agents, this organization works to help you develop your skills across Canada by providing resources, training and other learning opportunities.



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EDV, Les entreprises du voyage : 


EDV (formerly SNAV) was created in 1945 and considers itself to be an interlocutor of the public authorities for all professions related to tourism. Its objective is to support the development of companies through its representation, studies and training activities.


ENAT, European Network for Accessible Tourism :


This association aims to be a pioneer in the study, promotion and practice of accessible tourism in Europe. Their members improve the accessibility of tourist information, transport and infrastructure for visitors with all kinds of access needs.


ETOA, European Tourism Association :


For over 30 years, ETOA has been a trade association dedicated to creating a fair and sustainable business environment to keep Europe competitive and attractive. With over 1,200 members, their voice is powerful and impactful. They provide a networking platform and organize several flagship events.



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Fáilte Irlande :


Their role is to support the long-term sustainable growth of the economic, social, cultural and environmental contribution of tourism in Ireland. They work in partnership with local groups and also provide information to consumers.


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GSTC, Global Sustainable Tourism Council :


This council manages the GSTC criteria, global standards for travelers and sustainable tourism, and the provision of international accreditation for sustainable tourism certification bodies.



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HEDNA, Hotel Electronic Distribution Network Association : 


It is a global community of hospitality professionals, technology providers, educators and consultants who are passionate about elevating the role of retail. This influence collaborates on networking and career enhancement.



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IGLTA, International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association :  


Founded in 1983, it is the first global network of LGBTQ+ friendly tourism businesses. They provide resources and travel information free of charge, continually working to promote equality and safety in LGBTQ+ tourism in over 80 countries.


ITAC, Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada :


Their goal is to improve the socio-economic situation of Aboriginal peoples in Canada's 10 provinces and 3 territories by providing services to Aboriginal tourism operators and communities or those seeking to start a cultural tourism business.


IAGTO, International Association of Golf Tour Operators :


Founded in 1997, it has more than 2,500 accredited golf tour operators, resorts, hotels, golf courses, etc. It strives to provide information and create opportunities that help its members grow their businesses faster, with less effort and at a lower cost.



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JATA, Japan Association of Travel Agents : 


This association seeks to improve the quality of services provided to travelers to and from Japan. It contributes to the development of the travel and tourism industry through various activities. It has over 1200 active members.



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KATO, Kenya Association of Tour Operators :


It is one of the leading tourism trade associations in Kenya, representing the interests of over 400 of Kenya's most experienced professional tour operators.



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LATA, Latin America Tourism Association : 


The ever-growing association is made up of more than 360 companies including tourist boards, airlines, hotels, tour operators, ... . It is dedicated to promoting and stimulating the growth of the tourism industry in Latin America from the United Kingdom. The membership fee is between 335 and 680£.



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MATI, Maldives Association of Tourism Industry : 


Since 1982, the association aims to promote and develop tourism in the Maldives, it coordinates all mandatory governmental decision-making bodies to align new laws and regulations with the best practices of tourism in the Maldives.


MGTA, Malaysia Golf Tourism Association :


The association aims to increase international awareness of Malaysia as Asia's secret golf vacation destination. It strives to bring more tourists to Malaysia and discover the magnificent range of golf from mountains to beaches and from cities to rainforests.



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NTA, National Tour Association :


It is the leading trade association for companies and organizations serving customers traveling to, from and within North America. With over 700 buyer members, it leads the growth of travel by creating and developing business opportunities in a welcoming environment.




PATA, Pacific Asia Travel Association : 


Founded in 1951, the association acts as a catalyst for the responsible development of travel and tourism to, from and within the Asia-Pacific region. It brings its members together to facilitate partnerships to enhance the value, quality and sustainable growth of travel and tourism.



PURE


This association promotes experiential tourism. It is a large community that reflects an attitude, commitments and a belief that travel can be more than just an industry.




RTNZ, Regional Tourism New Zealand : 


It is New Zealand's first association of regional tourism organizations, and aims to encourage better coordination and ensure that communities engage and consult on issues critical to the development of the tourism sector in New Zealand.



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Safarilink


Founded in 1998, it lists and defines safari camps and lodges and safari operators. It provides over 5500 travel agents and tour operators with detailed and verified information on over 1250 lodges.


SATSA : 


Founded in 1969, it represents the private tourism sector in Southern Africa. Their aim is to create a dynamic grouping of quality tourism providers in the region, and to provide advice and information on partners.


Signature Travel Network : 


Founded by a group of agency owners in 1956, it continues to attract the most successful in the travel industry.


SYTA, Student and Youth Travel Association : 


It is the first business association dedicated to providing meaningful travel experiences for students and youth. They instill confidence in their travelers by establishing quality and safety standards for travel providers, and they empower their members through advocacy, education, training and networking opportunities.




TWLGO, The World’s Leading Ground Operators’ :


It is an association of independent incoming operators specializing in land-based programs for the world's leading cruise lines. Members are elected by invitation only and with the unanimous consent of existing members.


TIES, The International Ecotourism Society : 

Founded in 1990, it is dedicated to the promotion of ecotourism. It has been at the forefront of ecotourism development, providing guidelines and standards, training, technical assistance and educational resources. It leads efforts to make tourism a viable tool for conservation, protection of bio-cultural diversity and sustainable community development.


TAP, Travelers Against Plastic : 


It is an awareness initiative that aims to educate travelers around the world about the harmful effects of using disposable plastic water bottles and, as a result, encourage travelers to be prepared to clean their own drinking water. Their vision is to catalyze a global self-sufficient movement, which will result in the virtual elimination of travelers' reliance on disposable plastic water bottles.




Ukinbound :


It is an awareness initiative that aims to educate travelers around the world about the harmful effects of using disposable plastic water bottles and, as a result, encourage travelers to be prepared to clean their own drinking water. Their vision is to catalyze a self-sustaining global movement, which will result in the virtual elimination of travelers' reliance on disposable plastic water bottles.



USTOA, United States Tour Operators Association : 


Founded in 1972 by a small group of California tour operators concerned about tour operator bankruptcies. These founding members recognized the need for a unified voice to protect the traveling public and to represent the interests of tour operators.



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Virtuoso :


It is the world's leading network of luxury and experiential travel agencies, with more than 20,000 consultants. They partner with more than 1,800 of the world's top companies such as hotels, cruise lines, tour operators and more. Their consultants use their personal relationships and first-hand expertise to create customized trips for clients




WINTA, World Indigenous Tourism Alliance :


The organization was created in 2012 from the global and collective aspirations of Indigenous interests in tourism and is an Indigenous initiative that is based on key Indigenous human rights, including the rights to self-determination, self-government, and the right to maintain and develop their own rights. institutions and to maintain and develop cross-border contacts essential to maintaining their communities and cultures.


WFTA, World Food Travel Association : 


The organization was created in 2012 from the global and collective aspirations of Indigenous interests in tourism and is an Indigenous initiative that is based on key Indigenous human rights, including the rights to self-determination, self-government, and the right to maintain and develop their own rights, institutions, and to maintain and develop cross-border contacts essential to maintaining their communities and cultures.