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The Africa Travel Association is an international, nonprofit, nonpolitical, professional travel industry association, whose objective is to promote tourism to Africa. Its membership is comprised of National Government Tourist Offices, hotels, airlines, ground and tour operators, travel agents, group tour leaders, marketing and media executives. ATA is a member of ASTA (American Society of Travel Agents of Travel Agents), WTO (World Tourism Organization), an industry partner with ARTA (Association of Retail Travel Agents), and a Green Globe member. ATA partnered with IIPT to develop the 2nd and 3rd African Conferences on Peace through Tourism held in Tanzania and Zambia.


It ties in, as it will every year, with World Travel Market’s established, highly successful and dedicated Responsible Tourism Day. WTM World Responsible Tourism Day is the first opportunity for travel and tourism to become one powerful and unifying force. But it’s not just about helping to save the planet. We have a responsibility too to help local people wherever they might be, provide them with shelter, jobs, clean water, food and education. Protect them from exploitation, corruption and deceit. Offer them the right to a decent and dignified standard of living where the next generation can flourish in the knowledge that those before them have taken a sensible, responsible and meaningful approach to the world in which we live.
But it is not all good – and we have to understand that more needs to be done. Imagine what the international travel and tourism industry can do if every professional reaches out and accepts this challenge by taking action.


Airline Ambassadors International (AAI) is a non-profit organization affiliated with the United Nations and recognized by the US Congress. It is a network of airline employees and others who volunteer as "Ambassadors of Goodwill" in their home communities and abroad. Members share their unique skills and talents to care for others and bring compassion into action. It provides humanitarian aid to children and families in need as well as relief and development to under-privileged communities worldwide.

American Hospitality Academy  

An established International Cultural Exchange Program, the American Hospitality Academy mission is to develop future hospitality leaders through practical training, education, and cultural exchange while fostering international understanding, goodwill and friendship. In addition to practical training, a network of hospitality educators from prestigious universities around the world actively works with the Academy as global training partners. The AHA strives to develop hospitality leaders of tomorrow who have a positive attitude, demonstrate strong work values, lead by example, encourage tolerance, celebrate diversity and promote peace around the world.

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ASTA is the world's largest association of travel professionals. Its 20,000-plus members include travel agents and the companies whose products they sell such as tours, cruises, hotels, car rentals, etc. ASTA’s mission is to enhance the professionalism and profitability of member agents through effective representation in industry and government affairs, education and training, and by identifying and meeting the needs of the traveling public. All ASTA members pledge themselves to conduct their business activities in a manner that promotes the ideal of integrity in travel. In addition, ASTA is leading the travel industry in an ongoing battle against child sex tourism with its adoption of the Code of Conduct for the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation in Travel and Tourism.

American Tourism Society


The American Tourism Society (ATS) was founded in 1989 as a non-profit, non-political travel industry organization dedicated to "Bringing the World Together". With its international membership, the ATS represents the Baltics, Central Europe, the Mediterranean/Red Sea, Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States, assists them with their tourism development through marketing, communications, educational programs, governmental representation, and facilitates understanding and cooperation between all segments of the travel and tourism industry.

Ambassadors for Children 

Ambassadors for Children (AFC) is a not-for-profit, charitable organization that provides meaningful travel opportunities to help children in need around the world. AFC partners with orphanages, schools, at-risk youth programs, and international humanitarian organizations to provide basic necessities, medical and dental care, educational support, and social development for disadvantaged, abused and abandoned children. AFC makes a significant impact on world peace and understanding through face-to-face cultural exchanges.


The Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA) is the peak body in Australia representing the retail travel industry. Founded in 1957, AFTA represents the majority of travel agents in Australia and includes all of the major travel agency groups.

AFTA’s role is to uphold the interests of members in matters relating to the operation of all travel agencies in Australia. In broad terms, these issues are ones that are not addressed by agent chain or corporate entities on behalf of their members, and are ones that involve the industry as a whole.



The Caribbean Tourism Organization is an international development agency and the official body for promoting and developing tourism throughout the Caribbean. Their members include 34 destination countries and private companies - airlines, hotels, cruise operators and travel agencies - who are involved in Caribbean tourism. Chapters of the CTO exist around the world to promote travel to the Caribbean.

Connected International Meeting Professionals Association

CIMPA is an online association of buyers and sellers of meeting and travel products and services with the mission to connect people of different cultures through meetings, travel and the internet for the purpose of promoting understanding, tolerance and friendships. By being connected to each other and to resources on the internet, members of this community will more easily share tools, information and ideas to plan cost-effective and successful meetings, travel and incentives.


Out of conviction and choice, CS5 has become specialized in solidarity work and long-term development. CS5 interfaces with numerous structures (associations, foundations, companies, international organizations, NGOs), to provide services in consulting, audiovisual production, multimedia and hardcopy materials. It supports a mission of developing programs to impact social change. The services provided to clients include market research and analysis, design and assessment of marketing strategies, identification of strategic alliances and potential venture partners, and the development and negotiation of partnership agreements.

CSM communications | sponsorship | marketing  

CSM is one of America’s top production consultants and producers of reality, documentary, music and action-adventure programming. CSM believes in universally accessible tourism, with the aim of contributing to economic development, international understanding, peace, prosperity and universal respect for, and observance of, human rights and fundamental freedoms. In pursuing this aim, CSM pays particular attention to the interests of developing countries in the field of tourism. CSM’s latest initiative in creating and filming World Music Festivals across the globe in partnership with the host countries is a further reflection of this commitment.

Educational Travel Community

The Educational Travel Community is a community of leaders worldwide, dedicated to advancing experiential learning through travel. ETC serves the travel community, its members and their institutions and organizations, in education, training and networking priorities. Educational travel facilitates deeper, more enduring connections between travelers and the communities they visit through strong interpretation, experiential programming, and meaningful engagement.


Elderhostel, a not-for-profit organization, is America’s first and the world’s largest educational travel organization for adults 55 and over. Elderhostel provides exceptional learning adventures to nearly 170,000 older adults each year and offers nearly 8,000 programs a year in more than 90 countries believing that learning is a lifelong pursuit that opens minds and enriches lives.

European Travel Commission

The European Travel Commission (ETC) is the organization responsible for the promotion of Europe as a tourist destination. It is a non-profit making organization with its headquarters in Brussels. Its members are the 34 National Tourism Organizations (NTOs) of Europe, whose role is to market and promote tourism to Europe in general, and to their individual countries in particular. The ETC was formed with the idea of promoting travel among Europeans following World War II so that people might come to know one another. Today it is a bridge between different cultures and a factor for peace and stability.

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Global Sports Partners is a Cyprus-based company dedicated to development of sports in 40 nations, including North Africa, Middle East, and North Korea. Global Sports Partners strive to develop sports to the highest level, enhancing both personal experience and promoting community development. The organization is specifically engaged in helping women to obtain their objectives in the realm of sports. The activities of the company cover a vast range of sport disciplines, even sports medicine, massage therapy, and sports psychology.


In 1984, Global Volunteers laid the foundation for what became known a decade later as "volunteer vacations": short-term service opportunities on community development programs in host communities abroad. Today, as a non-governmental organization in special consultative status with the United Nations, Global Volunteers mobilizes some 150 service-learning teams year-around to work in 20 countries on six continents, and is the internationally recognized leader in this field. Global Volunteers continues to work to help lay a foundation for world peace through mutual understanding.

Hellenic Association of
Travel & Tourism Agencies

The Hellenic Association of Tourist and Travel Agencies (HATA) was established in 1927 and since then, it has contributed dynamically to the development and promotion of Greek tourism, providing through its members a variety differentiated services that supports the country’s developmental efforts while upgrading the quality of the tourist services provided. HATTA has cooperated with IIPT by organizing and hosting two important conferences in Turkey and Thessaloniki.


Hospitality Ireland is the innovative magazine from Madison Publications dedicated to the food service/drinks sector. The Magazine is the current holder of the best business specialist mags in Ireland. It is also the port of call for anybody involved, interested or wanting to advertise to the Irish hospitality market. Hospitality Ireland has created the most comprehensive and up to date audited database for the Irish food service industry.


Hostelling International USA is a non-profit membership organization founded in 1934 to promote international understanding of the world and its people through hostelling. HI-USA operates a network of nearly 80 quality hostel accommodations throughout the United States that are inexpensive, safe and clean. HI-USA, in cooperation with other national associations worldwide, belongs to the International Youth Hostel Federation (IYHF). This entire network, known as Hostelling International, offers more than 4,000 hostels in over 60 countries.

 Indian Association
of Tour Operators




Founded in 1918, IAAPA is a non-profit association that works behind the scenes to help attraction owners run their business smoothly and profitably. The association is dedicated to the preservation and prosperity of the amusement industry worldwide. Its mission is to serve the membership by promoting safe operations, global development, professional growth, and commercial success of the amusement industry. In addition to the many charitable contributions made annually by member parks to the local communities they serve, IAAPA has made a commitment to support two worldwide organizations that serve those in need and to promote world peace: Give Kids The World and IIPT.

International Association of
Convention & Visitor Bureaus

Destination Marketing Association International, formerly known as IACVB, provides educational resources and networking opportunities to its members, and information on the CVB industry to the public. The association’s mission is to enhance the professionalism, effectiveness, and image of destination management organizations worldwide as well as to enhance and complement the association and the destination management profession through research, education, visioning and developing resources and partnerships for those efforts. Destination Marketing actively encourages the integration of ethics into all aspects of management of the bureau activities.

International Council
of Tourism Partners

The International Council of Tourism Partners (ICTP) was set up in 2002 by eTurboNews as a source of independent advice for travel professionals. In December 2004, it signed a partnership agreement with Green Global Village, the consultancy arm of Green Globe 21, enabling the organizations to work together to shape and develop Tourism Partners. ICPT now provides a web-based platform for the industry to showcase socially responsible tourism strategies and a connection to decision makers at the highest level.



The International Federation of Women's Travel Organizations (IFWTO) is a worldwide network of professional women in the travel and tourism industry. An incredible networking organization, IFWTO boasts member clubs in over 35 countries. The membership is made up of travel agents, tour operators, airlines, bus companies, cruise lines, tourism bureaus, hotels, media and more. IFWTO aims to enhance personal and professional growth and leadership of its members through educational programs emphasizing global understanding and modern technologies; and actively promotes and develops sustainable and responsible tourism.



The International Holistic Tourism Education Centre (IHTEC) is  dedicated to developing Global Sustainability Education programs that educate young people through "Tourism as a Vital Force for Peace". Innovative and realistic, IHTEC has become an acclaimed vehicle of 
peace-building and protecting the environment within communities around the world. IHTEC trains teachers internationally through 'transnational distance learning' methods online. IHTEC's flagship program is the International School Peace Gardens which has gone to 
many countries around the world. Contact: Julia Morton-Marr ihtec@3web.com Website: http://www.ihtec.org

King's Travel Service

The Kingdom Company provides mission travel services with the lowest possible fares and the very best service possible in arranging international travel. The company is involved in restricted access areas and understands the issues that confront travelers in those areas being advocates for involvement with Unreached People Groups.


Middle East-Mediterranean
Travel & Tourism Association

MEMTTA's primary purpose is to increase environmentally sustainable travel to and within the region, and to develop the tourism industry serving the region. The association contributes to both the economic development of the region as well as the environment of peace. Its efforts were recognized when MEMTTA received the 'Peace through Tourism Award” in 1997.




Munditinera, established in 1984, is a Tour Operator and Tourism Public Relations Company based in Morocco with representative offices in France, Spain, Russia, Egypt and Peru. The company is specialized in cultural and religious tours and events including tours in the footsteps of old civilizations such as the Roman Empire, Egyptian Pharaohs, The Great Mandarin culture, The Incas, Maya and Aztec civilizations, Bible itineraries in the Holy Lands and the Evangelic itineraries of St. Augustine, St. Mark and St. Paul. As well, holy pilgrimages for Muslims (Omra and Hadj) and for Jewish (in North Africa) have recently been introduced.

Nepal Tourism
Industry Association


Maldives Chapter

Founded in 1951, the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) is the leading authority, advocate and catalyst for the development of Asia Pacific’s travel and tourism industry. PATA provides leadership and advocacy to the collective efforts of nearly 100 government, state and city tourism bodies, more than 55 airlines and cruise lines, and hundreds of travel industry companies. Through PATA’s unique partnerships with and between its members, it continues to enhance the growth, value and quality of travel and tourism to, from and within Asia Pacific. PATA also encourages and assists in the development of travel industries in a manner which recognizes the urgent importance to practice an environmental ethic that supports responsible conservation and restoration of natural, social and cultural resources.


Reed Travel Exhibitions, the largest global organizer of travel trade events, organizes the world's leading travel industry events for trade professionals around the world, incorporating the travel trade, corporate, meetings and incentives sectors, as well as niche tourism products such as golf and luxury travel.
Reed Travel Exhibitions organizes events worldwide, including the World Travel Market, Arabian Travel Market, C.I.S. Travel Market, EIBTM, and the British Travel Trade Fair. Reed Travel Exhibitions is part of Reed Exhibitions who manages over 420 events in 32 countries, serving 49 different industries in 18 key sectors with some 90,000 exhibiting companies and over 5.5 million buyers every year.


Sacred Himalaya Travel is a Bhutanese owned and operated Travel company that offers small group tours and treks with the intent to share a deep inner and outer experience of peace with our guests and the hope a gentle kindness may ripple further into the world. Sacred Himalaya Travel and IIPT offer an annual World Peace Tour to the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan.
Our Logo features a Mudra of mandala offering, a sacred Buddhist hand gesture, that symbolizes Mt Meru -the spiritual peak of the universe - with 4 continents clustered below. This gesture is respectfully offered to the great Teachers, Yidam and the Three Jewels of Buddhist practice.


The San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau is a private, not-for-profit, membership organization with the mission to strengthen the San Francisco economy by marketing the city as a destination for meetings, conventions, trade shows and leisure visitors. Members are provided exclusive programs and services for maximizing their marketing, networking, relationship and educational development.


Skål is a professional organization of tourism leaders around the world, promoting global tourism and friendship. It is the only international group uniting all branches of the travel and tourism industry. Its members, industry managers and executives, meet at local, national, regional and international levels to discuss and pursue topics of common interest. Skål International today has approximately 22,000 members in 500 Clubs throughout 87 nations.


The Society for Accessible Travel & Hospitality (SATH) is a non-profit educational organization that has actively represented travelers with disabilities since 1976. SATH's mission is to promote awareness, respect and accessibility for mature and travelers with disabilities and to educate the travel, tourism and hospitality industry on becoming more accessible for persons with disabilities. SATH works vigorously for the creation of a barrier-free environment (architectural and attitudinal) throughout all segments of the travel and tourism industry, in the United States and abroad. The Society's efforts bore fruit in the access section of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and in the Air Carriers Access Act.

Society of American Travel Writers

SATW is a tax-exempt professional association whose purpose is to: promote responsible journalism, provide professional support and development for our members, encourage the conservation and preservation of travel resources worldwide. The Society works to raise the standards of the profession, guard the right of freedom to travel, and encourage conservation and preservation of historic sites and natural wonders. Believing that travel is a bridge between peoples, our earnest desire is to make and keep travel a quality experience for everyone.

Founded in 1973, SITE is the only international, not-for-profit, professional association devoted to the pursuit of excellence in incentives, a multi-billion dollar global industry. SITE provides educational seminars and information services to those who design, develop, promote, sell, administer and operate motivational programs as an incentive to increase productivity in business. Currently SITE has over 1,800 members in 82 countries, with 28 local and regional chapters. Members represent airlines, cruise lines, corporate users, destination management companies, ground transportation companies, hotels and resorts, incentive houses, official tourist organizations, trade publications, travel agencies and supporting organizations such as restaurants and visitors attractions.

Sustainable Communities Foundation (SCF)


The Sustainable Communities Foundation through Tourism [SCF] promotes a programme of sustainable community tourism development in collaboration with a range of stakeholders, that emphasizes ecological impacts and focuses on the communities of the Caribbean with a demonstration project in central and south-west region of Jamaica. The programme revolves around three central themes: ecology, community and tourism, uniting the concepts of social development and ecological sustainability.


SYTA is the non-profit, professional trade association that promotes student and youth travel and promotes quality student/youth travel services that enhance social, cultural, and educational growth. SYTA members are tour operators, travel agencies and supplier organizations that are committed to professionalism and integrity in student and youth travel. The organization is run by an elected Board of Directors and a professional staff, with North American headquarters in the metro Detroit, Michigan area.

The International
Tourism Exchange

BIT is the largest exhibition in the world for the Italian tourist product alongside comprehensive, pre-eminent international representation. Its success is confirmed by the attendance of 5,000 exhibitors, including 1,600 from overseas, more than 100,000 professional visitor contacts and over 46,000 travelers from 120 countries.

Universal Federation of Travel Agents’ Association

UFTAA, the Universal Federation of Travel Agents' Associations, represents national travel agents' associations of more than one hundred countries. It is the only world body representing the interests of travel agents worldwide. UFTAA negotiates on equal terms with international organizations representing other sectors of the travel industry - airlines, hotels, railways, other suppliers - and enjoys consultative status with the United Nations.

World Expeditions  
World Expeditions is one of the world’s leading adventure travel companies offering sustainable small group adventure holidays which began with its first trekking holiday in Nepal in 1975. Today, with offices around the globe, they offer more than 500 stand alone itineraries, which have a strong focus on responsible and ethical travel. World Expeditions are IIPT Coalition Partners and help promote the The Credo of the Peaceful Traveler.

World Airlines
Clubs Association

The objective of the World Airlines Club Association is to promote and encourage friendship, good fellowship and mutual understanding among people of the world, no matter what social standing, race or religion. Many of WACA's goals are based simply on having fun together with no limitations to its differences of status, social standards, race, religion or politics.





Founded in 1949 in Switzerland, the World Association of Travel Agencies (WATA) is a non-profit organization registered in Switzerland. WATA has positioned itself as a truly respected name in the travel industry and is the leading association grouping Inbound Travel Agencies in the leisure (tourism) segment of our industry. WATA groups selected inbound travel agencies dedicated to the enhancement of the professionalism and profitability of member agents through mutual cooperation and global networking. Its members are committed to the highest standards of business ethics and quality of service to clients. Customers feel more confident in choosing our services as they recognize in the WATA logo a symbol of trust and professionalism - for the satisfaction of their clients.
The United States Tour Operators Association (USTOA) is a professional association representing the tour operator industry. We are composed of companies whose tours and packages encompass the entire globe and who conduct business in the U.S. USTOA members number among the top names in travel and represent the entire spectrum of vacation packages and tours available today. Our member companies are responsible for the majority of tours and vacation packages sold by travel agents in the U.S. moving more than 11 million passengers annually and accounting for an annual sales volume of more than $9 billion. This sales success story reflects the organization's pledge to encourage and maintain the highest standards of professionalism, integrity and service.

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