Travel & Tourism Associations

Travel Trade Associations

Travel Trade Associations are organizations that represent the interests of various stakeholders within the travel and tourism industry.

These associations play a crucial role in promoting the growth and sustainability of the sector by providing a platform for collaboration, advocacy, education, and networking.

Their membership base can include travel agencies, tour operators, hotel chains, airlines, cruise lines, and destination marketing organizations, among others.

Some of the leading travel trade associations are as follows:

ABT – Association of Business Travellers

AH&LA – American Hotel & Lodging Association

A.I.S.C. – Skal International

ASTA – American Society of Travel Agents

CLIA – Cruise Lines International Association

ETC – European Travel Commission

HSMAI – Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International

IAPA – International Au Pair Association

IATA – International Air Transport Association

IFITT – International Federation of Information Technology & Tourism

IH&RA – International Hotel & Restaurant Association

IIPT – International Institute for Peace through Tourism

PATA – Pacific Asia Travel Association

U.S. Travel Association

UIA – Union of International Association

WATA – World Association of Travel Agencies

WFTGA – World Federation of Tourist Guide Associations

UN Tourism

WTTC – World Travel & Tourism Council

WYSE Travel Confederation


MICE Associations

MICE, standing for Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, and Events, is a commonly used term in Asia and Europe, although it is less favored in North America and Australia. In these regions, the term “Business Events” is more widely accepted. Meanwhile, in the UK, the preferred terminology is “The Meetings Industry.”

Some of the MICE associations are as follows:

AIPC – Association Internationale des Palais de Congress

ATTA – Adventure Travel Trade Association

ALTO – Association of Language Travel Organizations

IAAPA – International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions

IAPCO – International Association of Professional Congress Organizers

ICCA – International Congress & Convention Association

RDA – International Coach Tourism Federation

World Urban Parks

IFEA – International Festival and Event Association

ISPA – International Spa Association

MPI – Meeting Professional Association

PCMA – Professional Convention & Meeting Association

SITE – Society of Incentive Travel Executives

SATH – Society for the Advancement of Travel for the Handicapped

SIRC – Sport Information Resource Centre

Sports ETA – Sports Events & Tourism Association

WWA – World Waterparks Association

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