Industry Associations and Societies
- The Rainforest Alliance "is working to help tourism entrepreneurs conserve their environments and contribute to local livelihoods, while improving their own bottom line. [They promote] sustainability verification and certification as a strategic conservation and business development tool within the industry and to the public, [and support] the efforts of the Sustainable Tourism Certification Network of the Americas and the Global Sustainable Tourism Council to help certification programs worldwide to develop and adhere to internationally sound standards for certification programs."
- Field Trip Earth focuses on field-based wildlife conservation research projects ongoing around the world. Some of the projects are "live," meaning that research activities, and one or more research scientists, are currently active in the field. These projects are featured prominently on the site. Projects that are not "live" are archived so that students can continue to access the relevant articles, photos, videos, and other materials. All of the projects, though, are similar in that they provide classrooms and others around the world the opportunity to interact meaningfully with wildlife researchers and other conservation experts.
- Sustainable Travel International "is a non-profit organization with a purpose. We've been collaborating with destinations, businesses and travelers to implement innovative sustainable tourism development and conservation solutions since 2002. We combine the mission and transparency of a non-profit NGO with the business acumen and expertise of the private sector, ensuring our partners achieve their desired results and receive a strong return on investment."
- International Institute
for Peace through Tourism The International
Institute for Peace through Tourism (IIPT)
is a not-for-profit organization dedicated
to fostering and facilitating tourism initiatives
which contribute to international understanding
and cooperation, an improved quality of
environment, the preservation of heritage,
and through these initiatives, help to
bring about a peaceful and sustainable
- The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) "...is a regional intergovernmental learning and knowledge sharing centre serving the eight regional member countries of the Hindu Kush Himalayas – Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal, and Pakistan – and based in Kathmandu, Nepal. Globalization and climate change have an increasing influence on the stability of fragile mountain ecosystems and the livelihoods of mountain people. ICIMOD aims to assist mountain people to understand these changes, adapt to them, and make the most of new opportunities, while addressing upstream-downstream issues."
- The Mountain
Forum "promotes global action
toward equitable and ecologically sustainable
mountain development. This is achieved
through information sharing, mutual support
and advocacy. In order to achieve these
objectives the Mountain Forum uses modern
and traditional communications, supports
networking and capacity building and encourages
members to be proactive in advocating sustainable
development of mountain areas."
- The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) “.. is the United Nations agency responsible for the promotion of responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism. As the leading international organization in the field of tourism, UNWTO promotes tourism as a driver of economic growth, inclusive development and environmental sustainability and offers leadership and support to the sector in advancing knowledge and tourism policies worldwide." See
also the Global
Code of Ethics for Tourism and UNWTO Knowledge Network Program
- World Travel & Tourism
Council (WTTO) The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) is the forum for business leaders in the Travel & Tourism industry. With Chief Executives of some one hundred of the world's leading Travel & Tourism companies as its Members, WTTC has a unique mandate and overview on all matters related to Travel & Tourism. WTTC works to raise awareness of Travel & Tourism as one of the world's largest industries, supporting 260 million jobs and generating 9 per cent of world GDP." See also useful research tools.
(Northern NSW and SE QLD, Australia)
Tourist Information Centres/Associations Locality
and telephone contact details for
Tourist and Visitor Information Centres
based in Northern New South Wales
and South East Queensland, Australia.
Tourism Working Group "Sustainable tourism is a key economic driver for the Asia-Pacific region, creating jobs and promoting investment and development. To help promote growth in travel and tourism in the region, the Tourism Working Group (TWG) was formed in 1991. It brings tourism administrators together to share information, exchange views and develop areas of cooperation on tourism trade and policies.” Pity there's no mention of the natural environment component of economically “sustainable”.
Association of Antarctic Tour Operators In
the world's most unforgiving yet beautiful
and fragile environment, it's nice to know
that the tour operators to this region
appear to be setting themselves very high
self regulating standards.
"A member organization founded in 1991 to
advocate, promote and practice safe and environmentally
responsible private-sector travel to the Antarctic."
- The Pacific Asia
Travel Association Recently extensively
updated and revamped, the site now presents
codes of practice for operators and visitors,
members directory, publications catalog,
the usual PR and some material which maybe
useful to those with limited time. A big
improvement design and content wise on
it's previous incarnation!
- The South Pacific
Tourism Organisation (SPTO) "The South Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO) is the mandated inter-governmental organisation for the tourism sector in the South Pacific, ...with a membership that substantially represents both the public and private sectors.
Current full government member countries include The Cook Islands, Fiji, French Polynesia,Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, New Caledonia, Niue, Papua New Guinea, People's Republic of China, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu. Private sector members include over 200 of the major tourism operators in the region."
the Federal Government statutory authority
responsible for international and domestic
tourism marketing as well as the delivery
of research and forecasts for the sector."
- "The Tourism
Industry Association New Zealand (TIA) is
the largest representative body of tourism
operators in New Zealand. It is a membership-based
and private sector trade organisation with more
than 2000 members – from small operators
through to large companies – who collectively
make up 85% of the country’s tourism turnover."
Tourism Australia Inc. is the only organisation
in Australia that focuses solely on wildlife
tourism, bringing together people involved
in presenting wildlife to tourists in both
captive and wild environments."
Concern “Tourism Concern campaigns for better tourism. We are an independent, non-industry based, UK charity, with members and supporters from around the world.”
- Going Green Visit Scotland "has devised an initiative for businesses interested in "greening" their operations. At present, 10% of Scottish businesses are taking part in VisitScotland's Green Tourism Business Scheme".
- Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) "is a semi-autonomous government agency that conserves and manages Uganda's wildlife for the people of Uganda and the whole world. This agency was established in 1996 after the merger of the Uganda National Parks and the Game Department, and the enactment of the Uganda Wildlife Statute, which became an Act in 2000. UWA is mandated to ensure sustainable management of wildlife resources and supervise wildlife activities in Uganda both within and outside the protected areas."
- The Uganda Community Tourism Association (UCOTA) "was established in July 1998 to empower local communities in sustainable development through small-scale tourism and handcraft enterprises, also known as community tourism. Community tourism aims to involve local people in the planning, decision-making and implementation of tourism development activities. This form of tourism assures that the benefits stay as much as possible in the local community."
- Resource Development Council for Alaska, Inc. , a statewide business association comprised of individuals and companies from Alaska's oil and gas, mining, forest products, tourism and fisheries industries.
- Caribbean Tourism Organization " (CTO), the region's tourism development agency, has over 30 country members, including Dutch, English, French and Spanish, as well as a myriad of private sector allied members. The CTO's vision is to position the Caribbean as the most desirable, year round, warm weather destination. Its purpose is Leading Sustainable Tourism – One Sea, One Voice, One Caribbean."
- Visit Mexico "Explore travel destinations and activities, and book acommodations and tours. Official Website of Tourism in Mexico."
- U.S. Travel Association "Connects travel businesses, assists members with programs and platforms to help promote travel to and within the U.S., and provides widely-respected, industry-leading economic data, information, analysis and travel trends to benefit members."
- TravelGreen.org – "the go-to source on sustainable travel. America's travel community is going green. Find out how at TravelGreen.org. We'll show you why environmental sustainability is good business and how business and leisure travelers are seeking eco-friendly travel options. TravelGreen is produced by the U.S. Travel Association and its partner in travel, American Express."
- The Tourism Industry Association of Canada "is the only national organization representing the full cross-section of Canada's $84.8 billion tourism industry."
See also Ecotourism
Associations and Organisations, Academic,
Education & Scientific Organisations, Ecotourism
Projects and Outdoor Recreation and Adventure Activities