Travel Trade Associations

ACTA: Association of Canadian Travel Agents

actaEstablished in 1977, the Association of Canadian Travel Agencies (ACTA), is a national trade association representing the retail travel sector of Canada’s tourism industry. ACTA is an industry-led, non profit, membership based organization.

Our members include retail travel agencies and suppliers such as tour operators, travel wholesalers, airlines, hotels, destination marketing organizations, cruise and rail lines, and automobile rental companies. We represent the interests of Canadian travellers through approximately 2,000 members employing 14,000 travel professionals.

ACTA National Office:
2560 Matheson Blvd. E, Suite 226, Mississauga, ON L4W 4Y9

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ARTA: Association of Retail Travel Agents

arta1From its roots in 1963, when a small, but vocal group of retail travel agents founded the first agent-only trade association, ARTA continues to be the voice of small and independent travel agents across the country. ARTA has grown in stature from a fledgling organization to a responsible, respected, and influential advocate for the retail travel industry.

ARTA’s policies are grounded in the determination that small and medium sized agencies must, and can, remain a viable component of the travel industry sales channel, regardless of the competitive pressures.

ARTA’s role will be to continue the fight to ensure an equitable competitive landscape, and provide the education and training services necessary to enable the individual agent to adjust to the ongoing challenges of these ever-changing times.

Association of Retail Travel Agents:
4320 North Miller Road, Scottsdale, Arizona 85251-3606

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ASTA: American Society of Travel Agents

astaASTA is the leading global advocate for travel agents, the travel industry and the traveling public. Expand your world. Go with the pros.

ASTA is the world’s largest association of travel professionals. Our members include travel agents and the companies whose products they sell such as tours, cruises, hotels, car rentals, etc. We are the leading advocate for travel agents, the travel industry and the traveling public.

ASTA offers many benefits to its members and the traveling public. The majority of ASTA’s members are travel agencies. However, travel suppliers, such as airlines, hotels, car rental firms, cruise lines, and tour operators join ASTA. We also have membership categories for students, travel schools, retail travel sellers, and others. ASTA is the organization for anyone related to the travel industry!

American Society of Travel Agents:
675 N. Washington Street, Suite 490, Alexandria, VA 22314

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ATTA: Adventure Travel Trade Association

attaEstablished in 1990, ATTA serves 1000 members in 80 countries worldwide. Members predominantly include tour operators, tourism boards, specialty agents and accommodations with a vested interest in adventure travel.

The ATTA delivers solutions and connections that propel members towards their business goals and the industry toward a responsible and profitable future. Through its regional Adventure Connect events and annual Adventure Travel World Summit trade conference, the ATTA excels in professional learning, networking and partnering services.

With expertise in research, education, adventure travel industry news and promotion, members of the ATTA receive competitive opportunities that help establish them as leaders in adventure tourism.

Adventure Travel Trade Association:
601 Union Street, 42nd Floor, Seattle, WA 98101

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CCRA: Computerized Corporate Rate Association
OSSN: Outside Sales and Support Network

ccra_ossnWe are a diverse family of brands, or a network (CCRA, OSSN and TRUE), designed to facilitate commerce between travel professionals and industry suppliers.

We provide innovative marketing programs, booking tools, call center solutions, education and training, association and even accreditation for our elite customers.

True Code has been the preeminent identification and accreditation system for independent sellers of travel. Now under CCRA, we’re making Agency Accreditation even more powerful by combining the code with our world-class education, events and technology.

320 Hemphill Street, Fort Worth, TX 76104

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CLIA: Cruise Lines International Association

cliaEstablished in 1975, Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) is the world’s largest cruise industry trade association, providing a unified voice and leading authority of the global cruise community.
CLIA supports policies and practices that foster a safe, secure, healthy and sustainable cruise ship environment and is dedicated to promote the cruise travel experience.

CLIA’s Mission:
CLIA is the unified global organization that helps its members succeed by advocating, educating and promoting for the common interests of the cruise community.

Cruise Lines International Association:
1201 F Street NW, Suite 250, Washington, DC 20004

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IGLTA: International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association

igltaThe International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association is the world’s leading global travel network dedicated to connecting and educating LGBT travelers and the businesses that welcome and support them along the way. Whether it’s for individual, group, corporate, or student travel, we have affiliates in the world’s most sought after locations offering the most competitive packages for your perfect vacations.

IGLTA was founded in 1983 by gay and lesbian travel agents and now operates in 80+ countries on all six inhabited continents. We provide all members who join the IGLTA community the opportunity to customize their travel experience and share it with others through planning tools, trip ideas, events and travel deals from LGBT tourism-related businesses.

International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association:
1201 NE 26th Street Suite 103, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33305

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NACTA: National Association of Career Travel Agents

nactaThe National Association of Career Travel Agents (NACTA), was established in 1986 as the original association with a mission to represent the interests of the individual travel consultant, and now has expanded to all professional sellers of travel. NACTA host travel agencies and suppliers support this growing distribution channel.

NACTA represents the interest of the independent Travel Consultant and the greater Travel Consultant community. The association’s role is to focus on the development of the travel consultant through its educational programs designed for our valued members. In addition, offering many member benefits such as health care insurance, discounts on office supplies and more through our affiliate program. Our overall objective is to enhance and secure the success of the professional travel consultant.


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TPOC: Travel Professionals of Color

tpocFounders Charlotte Haymore and Betty Jones formally established TPOC as Travel Professionals of Color, LLC. The intent was to sponsor conferences and other positive programs for minority travel agents with a focus on profitability and raising awareness within the travel community regarding professional services available from capable minority travel agents.

The vision of TPOC is to support, assist and spotlight travel industry professionals, destinations and multi-cultural tourism of four ethnic groups: African-Americans, Hispanics, Asian Americans and Native Americans.
In addition to the focus on marketing, seminars and workshops the Association helps minority travel agents become more profitable and knowledgeable about the leisure travel business, the travel products available to sell to the traveling public and multi-cultural and heritage tourism.

Travel Professionals of Color:
1555 S. Havana St., Suite F116, Denver, Colorado 80012

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