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Current and former endorsing organisations of the World Tourism Directory and/or the Directory of German International Relations



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
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Website: www.africatravelassociation.org

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.

(AWTTA ceased operations, formerly Richmond-upon-Thames, UK)

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
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Website: www.apta.biz

Centro de Documentación Turistica (CDT)

Avenida de los Toreros 14, 28028 Madrid, Spain
tel: (+34) 913559914, fax: (+34) 913559914
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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
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Website: www.ecoclub.com

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. 
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Website: www.ethicaltraveler.org

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 
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Website: www.eturbonews.com

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 
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Website: www.staatenkunde.de

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
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Website: www.iotooman.org

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
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Website: www.ifa.de

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.ictp.travel

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 
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Website: www.iipt.org

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) 6838013
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Website: www.openafrica.org

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
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Website: www.pata.org

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 ceased operations, formerly Alexandria, Virginia, USA)

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.

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
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Website: www.retosa.org

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.


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

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

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  • Website www.unwto.org