What are associations?

Advocacy and representation

Travel industry associations are organizations that represent and advocate for travel agents, tour operators, hoteliers, and other related businesses. They work to promote the industry while improving standards, fostering collaboration, providing support, and presenting resources to their members.

Do I have to join an association?

There's no real requirement to join an association, but they do provide numerous benefits. Joining an association can also help agents or agency owners build credibility and their professional network. Ultimately, the decision to join is up to your goals, needs, and interests.

Ready to get started?

We've compiled a list of the most prominent and well-known travel industry associations to help ease your search. There is no "right answer" when it comes to choosing an association, it has to make the most sense to you and your business model.

We recommend checking out each association to find the one that is best suited to your needs! Some may include advocacy, some include education, and some even host local events.

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