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Endorsing Organizations

Endorsing Organizations of, the, the World Travel & Tourism Directories or the earlier World Tourism Directory and the Handbook of German-International Relations:

Africa Travel Association (ATA)

ATTA Logo 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.

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Staatenkunde e.V.

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Staatenkunde e.V. is an association pursuing the intention of intense research on political developments within certain regions of the world far beyond the point of what is considered newsworthy by most parts of mass media, thereby providing a more detailed picture of circumstances on-site to a willing and interested public. Focusing almost exclusively on regions that lack true attention within medial representation, it ventures on the task of integrating these more appropriately into the global picture without taking side with any political individual or group.

With minor states, dependend territories, Arab Islamic states and the Commonwealth of Independent States CIS being the core fields of the association´s research, there are however no restrictions for a further expansion of that list.

Arab World Travel & Tourism Association (AWTTA)

AWTTA Logo 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
    P.O.Box 300, Kingston upon Thames KT1 1WA, United Kingdom
    tel: (+44-20) 82553000, fax: (+44-20) 82412390

Association for the Promotion of Tourism to Africa (APTA)

APTA Logo 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, 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)
    1253 Paddock Court, Aurora, IL 060504, U.S.A.
    tel: (+1-630) 761-2991, fax: (+1-630) 761-0693

Centro de Documentacion Turistica (CDT)

Indian Ocean Tourism Organization (IOTO)

IOTO Logo 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)
    Independence House, Independence Avenue, P.O.Box 436, Victoria, Mahé, Seychelles
    tel: (+248) 225577, fax: (+248) 225578

Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (ifa)

ifa Logo 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

International Institute for Peace Through Tourism (IIPT)

IIPT Logo 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 (, Africa Travel Association (, Caribbean Tourism Organization (, International Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus (, Society of Incentive Travel Executives (, International Federation of Women Travel Organization (, Society for the Advancement of Travel for the Handicapped ( 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
    Fox Hill 13, Cottage Club Road, Stowe, VT 05672, U.S.A.
    tel: (+1-802) 253-8671, fax: (+1-802) 253-2645

Open Africa

Open Africa Logo 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.

Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA)

PATA Logo 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

Regional Tourism Organization of Southern Africa (RETOSA)

RETOSA Logo 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

South Pacific Tourism Organization (SPTO)

SPTO Logo 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

World Tourism Foundation (WTF)

WTF Logo The World Tourism Foundation ( provides the traveling consumer direct access to the information resources of the official destination marketing organizations around the world at 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 on Earth.

World Tourism Organization (WTO)

WTO Logo The World Tourism Organization (WTO) is the leading international organization in the field of travel and tourism. It serves as a global forum for tourism policy issues and a practical source of tourism know-how. Ist membership includes 138 countries and territories and more than 350 Affiliate Members representing local government, tourism associations and private enterprise.

World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC)

WTTC Logo 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.
  • World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC)
    1-2 Queen Victoria Terrace, Sovereign Court, London E1W 3HA, United Kingdom
    tel: (+44-870) 7279882, fax: (+44-870) 7289882
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