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Africa Travel Association (ATA)

The Africa Travel Association (ATA) 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, cruise lines, ground and tour operators, travel agents, group tour leaders, marketing and media executives.

ATA has chapters troughout Africa and North America; is a member of ASTA (American Society of Travel Agents), WTO (World Tourism Organization), and industry partner with ARTA (Association of Regail Travel Agents), a founding member of the IIPT's Coalition of Partners for Peace Through Tourism; and a Green Globe Member. ATA organizes an annual international marketing conference in Africa; a bi-annual symposium on environmental and cultural preservation; and publishes the Africa Travel Magazine.

Africa Travel Association (ATA)
166 Madison Avenue, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10016, U.S.A.
tel: (+1-212) 447-1357, fax: (+1-212) 725-8253
e-Mail: info@africatravelassociation.org
Website: www.africatravelassociation.org


Arab World Travel & Tourism Association (AWTTA)

The Arab World Travel & Tourism Association (AWTTA) is the professional trade association for the travel and tourism industry of the Arab World - a non-profit making organisation embracing all 22 Arab States.

AWTTA is dedicated to encourage tourism and business opportunities between both members and the rest of the world, a plattform for the exchange and subsequent implementation of ideas and good tourism practice.

AWTTA is pledged to create uniformity in high standards of quality and service and has the ability to design and monitor training and educational schemes tailored to the specific needs of our regions and members.

The Arab World Travel & Tourism Association
c/o Oasis Air, Suite 240, 30 Red Lion Street, Richmond, Surrey TW9 1RB, United Kingdom
tel: (+44-20) 82968000
e-Mail: info@awtta.com
Website: www.awtta.com


Association for the Promotion of Tourism to Africa (APTA)

The Association for the Promotion of Tourism to Africa (APTA), a non-profit professional travel industry association, founded in 1980 in Los Angeles, California. The Association has an Executive Board and regional offices in Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Seattle, San Diego, Orange County CA, and San Francisco. APTA membership includes over 100 corporate membership includes tourism offices, airlines and tour operators and wholesalers. In addition, 600+ individual travel agents participate in the 8 APTA's regional chapters.

APTA mission: It is the goal and purpose of APTA to promote tourism to the African continent. APTA will seek to improve tourism to Africa through the education of ist membership.

Regional chapters hold stimulating series of African theme educational dinner programs featuring informative speakers, new sales tools, destination and product presentations, door prizes, and networking potential with professional peers that is far-reaching and effective. The Association's quarterly newsletter, the APTA website www.apta.net, and APTA annual "Discover Africa" trade show, provide further marketing and networking opportunities amongst the travel trade, suppliers, and those dedicated to the education of African tourism.

Association for the Promotion of Tourism to Africa (APTA)
21761 Via Del Lago, Trabuco Canyon, CA 92679, U.S.A.
tel: (+1-949) 440-9989, fax: (+1-949) 635-0110
e-Mail: info@apta.biz
Website: www.apta.biz


Centro de Documentacion Turistica (CDT)

Centro de Documentación Turistica (CDT)
Avenida de los Toreros 14, 28028 Madrid, Spain
tel: (+34) 913559914, fax: (+34) 913559914
e-Mail: cdt@puentedigital.com


Ecoclub.com - International Ecotourism Club

ECOCLUB.com, International Ecotourism Club, is an award-winning, global Ecotourism network with Members in over 60 countries. Membership offers unique benefits! There you will find genuine Ecolodges that you can book directly with no commission, read exclusive ecotourism news, chat on-line, buy eco gifts securely at our on-line shop and much more! Our website, www.ecoclub.com is independently ranked as one of the three most popular ecotourism websites in the world.

EcoClub S.A. - International Ecotourism Club
P.O. Box 65232, Psihico, 15410 Athens, Greece, tel: (+30) 2106719671, fax: (+30) 2106719251
e-Mail: a@ecoclub.com
Website: www.ecoclub.com


Ethical Traveler

Ethical Traveler is an international alliance of travelers who believe that travel can be a powerful tool for international goodwill and cultural understanding. The group seeks to harness the political and economic clout of tourism to support human rights and the environment. Ethical Traveler is a project of the Earth Island Institute.

Ethical Traveler
P.O.Box 5883,
Berkeley, CA 94705 U.S.A.
e-Mail: info@ethicaltraveler.org
Website: www.ethicaltraveler.org


eTurboNews (eTN), Inc.

eTurboNews (eTN) is heralded as the most influential travel trade newsletter for its balanced, objective, fair, and critical coverage of the day’s industry-related news. eTN publishes Mondays through Fridays, except major U.S. holidays, via email. Travel trade professionals comprise the majority of eTN subscribers but subjects covered extend beyond tourism to include issues that are of interest to consumers as well. Tourism officials have gone as far as calling eTN “The new standard in travel trade news.” For news that matters, count on eTN.

eTurboNews, Inc.
P.O.Box 205,
Haleiwa, HI 96712-0205 USA
e-Mail: editor@eturbonews.com
Website: www.eturbonews.com


German Country Studies Association, Halle/Saale

The objective of the German Country Studies Association is the comprehensible, subject-specific and factual review of world affairs in order to provide its members and friends with a comprehensive overview of national, supranational and international relations. The objective of the German Country Studies Association is in particular realised through the hosting of and participation in events, the editing of publications and the provision of a website with an openly accessible database on the countries, states and territories of the Earth. In its work, the German Country Studies Association upholds the spirit of a hightened common sense. It reports and publishes independently, uninfluenced and free from own or third party political or economic concerns.

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Staatenkunde e.V.
German Country Studies Association
P.O.Box 11 05 27,
06019 Halle (Saale), Germany
e-Mail: post@staatenkunde.de
Website: www.staatenkunde.de


Indian Ocean Tourism Organization (IOTO)

The Indian Ocean Tourism Organization (IOTO) shared millenium vision is that every country around the Indian Ocean Rim will optimise its tourism potential in a sustainable manner to gehe benefit of all its people. Within this shared vision IOTO's mission is to enhance and add value to the tourism initiatives of its membership base, particulary with regard to intra and interregional marketing and strategic issues of common interest and mutual benefit to stakeholders in the region - thereby contributing to the enhancement of co-operation and sustainable tourism development. IOTO appreciates the fact that every destination has its own unique tourism products, immage (branding), strategies and structure. IOTO will therefore at all time strive to complement and to enhance destination-specific and private sector initiatives.

Indian Ocean Tourism Organization (IOTO)
P.O.Box 720, Ruwi 112 (Muscat), Sultanate of Oman
tel: (+968) 24571664, fax: (+968) 24571665
e-Mail: iotooman@omantel.net.om
Website: www.iotooman.org


Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (ifa)

The Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations) is active in the field of German foreign cultural politics, sustaining a dialogue with partners in Germany and abroad. This work is geared to promoting peaceful relationships and mutual understanding between cultures and nations by way of international cultural cooperation. The Institut for Auslandsbeziehungen therefore specially focuses on art, the humanities and education in the service of international understanding.

Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (ifa)
Charlottenplatz 17, 70173 Stuttgart, Germany
tel: (+49-711) 22250, fax: (+49-711) 2225131
e-Mail: info@ifa.de
Website: www.ifa.de


International Council of Tourism Partners (ICTP)

The International Council of Tourism Partners (ICTP) is a membership organization spearheading socially responsible and sustainable travel. It supports the United Nations Millennium Development Goals, the World Tourism Organization’s Global Code of Ethics and a range of programs that underpin them. ICTP also provides a web-based platform for the industry to showcase socially responsible tourism strategies and a constant connection to decision-makers at the highest level. ICTP is tackling the challenge of eradicating poverty in Africa with its current initiative, "Tourism Against Poverty!"

International Council of Tourism Partners
P.O.Box 208
Haleiwa, Hawaii 96712-0208 USA
Website: www.tourismpartners.org


International Institute for Peace Through Tourism (IIPT)

The International Institute for Peace through Tourism (IIPT) is a not for profit organization dedicated to fostering tourism initiatives which contribute to international understanding and cooperation, an improved quality of environment - both built and natural, the preservation of heritage and through these initiatives, helping to bring about a peaceful and sustainable world. More than 20 prestigious international tourism organizations have agreed to become funding members in a coalition of partners for World Peace through Tourism.

They include the European Travel Commission (www.etc-europe-travel.org), Africa Travel Association (www.africa-ata.org), Caribbean Tourism Organization (www.caribtourism.org), International Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus (www.iacvb.org), Society of Incentive Travel Executives (www.site-intl.org), International Federation of Women Travel Organization (www.ifwto.org), Society for the Advancement of Travel for the Handicapped (www.sath.org) and others. Each founding partner of the Coalition is committed to a "Millenium Project" which contributes to the vision of Tourism as a Global Peace Industry.

International Institute for Peace Through Tourism
685 Cottage Club Road, Unit 13, Stowe, VT 05672, U.S.A.
tel: (+1-802) 253-2658, fax: (+1-802) 253-2645
e-Mail: info@iipt.org
Website: www.iipt.org


Open Africa

Open Africa is registered not for gain organisation under the patronage of Nelson Mandela and headed up by Founder, Noel de Villiers. It was established in 1995 with the aim of optimising the synergies between tourism, job creation and conservation - this resulted in the concept of Afrikatourism and the development of the African Dream Project, the enabling system behind this site, and Team Africa.

Africatourism is grounded on the twin principles of sustainability and community participation. It is tourism based on Africa's strengths and designed to meet Africa's need. In the process, it reveals to the visitor the many treasures and experiences that this continent has to offer. Thus the world Afrikatourism is a branding for the features and characteristics of Africa, for what can only be experienced here, in the land that is the birthplace of humanity and the custodian of most of world's animal and plant species. The integration of GIS technology with the Internet, which the African Dream Project has accomplished on this site, is a breakthrough in systemising the development and marketing of tourism. Organising and co-ordinating facilities for visitors is made easier as is the planning of itineraries by those intending a visit. Furthermore, there is no paid-for advertising on the site, so what you see is what you get - all listings are only those of genuine project participants.

Open Africa
P.O.Box 44814, Claremont 7735, South Africa
tel: (+27-21) 6839639, fax: (+27-21) 6839639
e-Mail: africandream@openafrica.org
Website: www.openafrica.org


Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA)

Founded in 1951, the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) is the recognised authoroty on Pacific Asia travel and tourism. PATA's membership includes nearly 100 government, state and city tourism bodies, 66 airlines and cruise lines -- al in all some 2,000 travel-related companies and organisations worldwide. In addition, 17,000 individuals participate in 80+ PATA Chapters worldwide. PATA's mission: To enhance the growth, value and quality of Pacific Asia travel and tourism for the benefit of the membership of PATA.

The Association's Operational Headquarters is located in Bangkok, Thailand, with Administrative Headquarters in Oakland, California. PATA maintains divisional Offices in Oakland, Sydney, Singapore and Monaco, and the Office of Environment and Culture in Oakland.

Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA)
Operational Headquarters, Unit B1, Siam Tower, 989 Rama I Road, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330, Thailand
tel: (+62-2) 6582000, fax: (+62-2) 6582010
e-Mail: patabkk@pata.th.com
Website: www.pata.org


PLANETA.COM

Planeta.com (www.planeta.com) is the Web's oldest website focusing on ecotourism and conscientious travel. The website's subtitle is the "Global Journal of Practical Ecotourism" and readership spans the globe. Features include more than 10,000 pages of information and ongoing seminars and online conferences. Those registered on the Planeta Forum (forum.planeta.com) have access to our global dialogues.


Peace Through Travel

Peace Through Travel provides education, information and inspiration for travelers, helping them to travel responsibly and remain mindful of benefiting the culture, environment and economy of the destinations they visit. Our travelers understand that responsible and culturally authentic travel enriches both them and those they meet during their journeys, and they are eager for the experience. They realize that human interaction is at the heart of travel, and that by sharing time together, both traveler and host are enriched with a sense of joy and harmony with their world that can only grow from venturing into the unfamiliar with a wise mind and an open heart.

Peace Through Travel
P.O. Box 8104 Alexandria, VA 22306 U.S.A.
Tel: +1-703-835-9378, Fax: +1-703-879-2910
e-Mail: info@peacethroughtravel.net
Website: www.peacethroughtravel.net


Regional Tourism Organization of Southern Africa (RETOSA)

The Essence of Africa - 14 Fascinating countries of the Southern part of the continent which offer an unique opportunity to discover the natural wonders and slpendours of the region. The contrast of scenery, climate, colours and tradition are infinite, with each new day offering yet more delights to tantalise the senses.

A multy-country itinerary in these amazingly diverse and enthralling countries offers holidaymakers the perfect setting for a holiday packed with adventure, radiant with beauty, cloaked in mystery and imbued with the heritage of past centuries.

The Regional Tourism Organization of Southern Africa is an exciting new concept in Southern African Regional Tourism co-operation, intended to develop the combined tourism interests of ist 14 member states in the new millenium. Its primary responsibility is to promote tourism in Southern Africa in close co-operation with the region's national tourist organizations and the private sector in the trade.

RETOSA aims at creating a concrete destination identity in the market in order for the compete effectively on the tourism front. Member states: Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Regional Tourism Organization of Southern Africa (RETOSA)
P.O.Box 7381, Halfway House 1683, South Africa
tel: (+27-11) 3152420, fax: (+27-11) 3152422
e-Mail: retosa@iafrica.com
Website: www.retosa.org


Responsible Travel

www.responsibletravel.com is the world's leading ethical travel company offering 1000s of holidays from over 600 member accommodations and specialist operators. Every holiday has been screened to meet specific responsible tourism criteria so travellers can choose a holiday that also benefits the local people and environment and is more enjoyable and authentic as a result. Launched in 2001 with the backing of Dame Anita Roddick, the company also campaigns for positive change in the travel and tourism industry.

www.responsibletravel.com
www.futureoftourism.com
www.responsibletravelnews.com
www.responsibletourismawards.com

ResponsibleTravel.com
Pavillion House
6 Old Steine
Brighton, East Sussex BN1 1EJ
United Kingdom
Tel: +44-1273-600052


SOS.Travel

SOS.travel is an online one-stop-shop where users can access the latest critical information and communication tools in anticipation of, or in response to, natural and man-made crises with potential impacts on tourism. The system aims to support crisis preparedness in the tourism sector and assist in rapid recovery from crisis situations. SOS.travel also serves as a valuable resource for travellers by providing in one place the tools and information they need in order to make informed decisions about their own safety and security, and to obtain assistance in case of an emergency.

Through SOS.travel, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) supports its Member States in deploying the very latest developments in modern media communications to facilitate their crisis management activities, thereby minimizing harmful impacts on destinations. Aside from being a public site, SOS.travel offers UNWTO Member Countries and Destinations easy-to-use tools and procedures to create Stand-By Web Pages that are ready for when a crisis occurs.

  • World Tourism Organization
  • Capitán Haya 42
  • 28020 Madrid, Spain
  • Tel (34) 91 567 81 00
  • Fax (34) 91 571 37 33
  • e-Mail: omt@unwto.org
  • Website www.unwto.org

ST-EP Foundation

The ST-EP Foundation is a cornerstone of the ST-EP program, which was established in 2003 by the United Nations World Tourism Organization. The ST-EP name stands for Sustainable Tourism Eliminating Poverty, and that tells a great deal about both the goals of the program generally and the work of the Foundation in particular. ST-EP was created to harness the developmental power of tourism in the fight against world poverty. Its origins and activities are both intimately tied to the UN's Millennium Development Goals, which include the objective of halving extreme poverty by 2015. ST-EP is especially focused on people living on less than a dollar a day. The targets are the world's least developed countries, especially those in Africa, along with developing states in general.

The ST-EP program includes four main components. The first is a research base to identify linkages, principles and model applications. There is also an operating framework for promoting and developing incentives for good practice among companies, consumers and communities. Forums for sharing and exchanging information, ideas and plans are designed to bring together private, public and non-governmental stakeholders. Finally, there is the ST-EP Foundation which was originally concerned with attracting new, dedicated financing from business, philanthropic and government sources.

ST-EP Foundation Secretariat
8F KNTO Building
10 Da-dong, Jung-gu
Seoul 100-180
Republic of Korea
Tel: +82-2-3181862/-7
Fax: +82-2-3182163
e-Mail: park@unwtostep.org
Website www.unwtostep.org


South Pacific Tourism Organization (SPTO)

The South Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO), formerly the Tourism Council of the South Pacific (TSCP), is dedicated to assisting any organisation, large or small, regional or international, involved in South Pacific travel and tourism. Our regional and international membership encompasses National Tourist Offices, hotels, resorts, car rental operators, coach operators, travel agents, tour operators, airlines, cruise and dive operators and all other businesses associated with travel and tourism in the South Pacific.

Members receive an exclusive array of services and benefits designed to give them a competitive advantage in the promotion of their products or services to the sources of business. SPTO is committed to the promotion and development of the South Pacific as a desirable holiday destination on the international tourism scene.

South Pacific Tourism Organization (SPTO)
G.P.O.Box 13119, Suva, Fiji
tel: (+679) 3304177, fax: (+679) 3301995
e-Mail: info@spto.org
Website www.spto.org


Studienkreis für Tourismus und Entwicklung e.V.

The Studienkreis für Tourismus und Entwicklung (Institute for Tourism and Development) concerns itself with development related information and education in tourism. In this context it edits material for publication, it organises international contests, it offers training and seminars for people employed in the tourism sector, it is active in the area of tourism research and consultancy and it is involved in the public debate on tourism development issues.

The German language "SympathieMagazine" ("magazines of understanding") inform about European and Non-European travel destinations. They want to faciliate understanding for the way of life and habits of people in a host country through interesting insights behind the touristic image, through reports about every day life, about cultural, economic, social and political phenomena. Supplementary to magazines dealing with individual countries, a few magazines focus on specific issues such as religions, the environment and the "alien", tourism. The series is updated and extended continuously. The Studienkreis für Tourismus und Entwicklung is a registered non-profit organisation working freely and independently.

Studienkreis für Tourismus und Entwicklung e.V.
Kapellenweg 3
82541 Ammerland/Starnberger See, Germany
Tel: +49-8177-1783
Fax: +49-8177-1349
e-Mail: info@studienkreis.org
Website www.studienkreis.org
Website www.sympathiemagazin.de


Sustainable Travel International

Sustainable Travel International (STI) is a global leader in sustainable tourism development. The 501(c)(3) non-profit organization’s mission is to promote sustainable development and responsible travel by providing programs that enable consumers, businesses and travel-related organizations to contribute to the environmental, socio-cultural and economic values of the places they visit, and the planet at large.

Market-tested programs for travel and tourism businesses include everything from providing carbon neutral travel services and sustainable tourism certification to offering travel philanthropy and fair trade programs, as well as consulting services designed to help our clients manage their impacts. For more information, please download a copy of our brochure or call our offices in the UK (+44(0)779-931-1228) or US (720-273-2975).

Sustainable Travel International
2885 May Street
Hood River, OR 97031, U.S.A.
e-Mail: info@sustainabletravel.com
Website www.sustainabletravelinternational.com


The Travel Foundation

The Travel Foundation is a UK charity that works in partnership with the UK travel industry and government, to take effective action on sustainable tourism. The charity pilots sustainability programmes in destinations around the world, working closely with destination partners to ensure all needs are met. The successes from pilots are then communicated widely through the production of business focussed tools and guidelines, as well as working partnerships, to help tourism businesses replicate good practice.

To find out much more please visit www.thetravelfoundation.org.uk


Travel Talk Radio

The TravelTalkMEDIA Group include: TravelTalkRADIO, TravelTalkTV and TravelTalkNEWS. The group produces and distributes informative travel news segments, entertaining interviews, and promotional segments that are broadcast via conventional radio and TV in the US, Mainland China and the UK and that are also distributed and heard worldwide over the Internet.

TravelTalkRADIO
2240 Encinitas Boulevard, Suite D101, Encinitas, CA 92024, U.S.A.
Tel: toll free (866) 868-7782
Tel: +1-760-753-1114
Fax: +1-760-753-7311
e-Mail: info@traveltalkradio.com
Website: www.traveltalkradio.com


World Tourism Foundation (WTF)

The World Tourism Foundation (www.worldtourismfoundation.org) provides the traveling consumer direct access to the information resources of the official destination marketing organizations around the world at www.worldtourismfoundation.org. These organizations are recognized and supported by governments and the local tourism suppliers. Proceeds generated from the use of the Network for business or pleasure are distributed to tourism leaders to address the increasing threats and barriers to travel. The World Tourism Foundation views the face-to-face interaction of billions of host and visitors each year as essential to world peace and our mutual journey

World Tourism Foundation (WTF)
8201 Greensboro Drive #300, McLean, VA 22201, U.S.A.
tel: (+1-434) 975-3137
e-Mail: info@worldtourismfoundation.org
Website: www.worldtourismfoundation.org


World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO/OMT), a specialized agency of the United Nations, is the leading international organization in the field of tourism. It serves as a global forum for tourism policy issues and practical source of tourism know-how. Its memberschip includes 150 countries, seven territories and more than 300 Affiliate Members representing the private sector, educational institutions, tourism associations and local tourism authorities.

World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)
Capitán Haya 42, 28020 Madrid, Spain
tel: (+34) 915678193, fax: (34) 915678218
e-Mail: comm@unwto.org
Website: www.unwto.org


World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC)

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) is the Global Business Leaders' Forum for Travel & Tourism. Its Members are Chief Executives from all sectors of industry, including accomodation, catering, entertainment, recreation, transportation and other travel-related services. Its central goal is to work with governments to realise the full potential economic impact of the world's largest generator of wealth and jobs - Travel & Tourism. Founded in 1990, WTTC policies are set and implemented by a 15 Member Executive Committee, a President and a small staff in London, with representative offices in North, Central & South America, Africa, Asia/Pacific and Central & Eastern Europe.

WTTC's Strategic Priorities are the organisation's guiding policy platform. They identify the potential for Travel & Tourism to generate some 5.4 million new jobs or 252 milion jobs by 2010 across the world economy, with new public/private sector cooperation.

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