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If you are interested in becoming a WTM Africa Association Partner in 2017, please send details to Megan Oberholzer
The Southern African Tourism Services Association (SATSA) is a member-driven association that offers inbound tourism services companies the highest level of quality in the tourism industry. SATSA is a member-driven credibility association that strives to set the highest standards in the Tourism Industry. We strive to maintain our three key qualities in all of the work we do: credibility, value and authority. Using a SATSA member provides peace of mind for those who seek to do business with credible tourism partners. Members undergo a strict registration process and are required to sign and agree to abide by a Code of Conduct.
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ABTA is the only Member-led Business Travel Association with a focus on Corporate Travel not only in South Africa but across the African Continent too. ABTA provides a platform for Corporate Travel Management education and sharing of best practice by hosting region-specific industry events and facilitating information flow utilising various platforms in countries across Africa including Angola, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa. Although ABTA initiatives are open and relevant to all industry sectors, educational focus is aimed towards the Corporate sector as we believe that a better educated buying community will drive the continued elevation and advancement of the business travel industry.
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The Board of Airline Representative of South Africa (BARSA) is the representative association of the international airlines operating to South Africa. BARs represent member interests in most countries in the world. BARSA has been in existence for several years with lesser time afforded to the business of the association but dedicated resources were required to raise the profile of the association. BARSA identified the need to establish a recognised means of communication and consultation between member airlines and statutory and other organisations whose actions influence and affect member airlines and the aviation industry in general. BARSA provides the single concerted voice on policy and other matters in relation to government and other industry stakeholders.
FEDHASA has been recognized and respected by Government and all industry role players as THE representative body & Voice for the S.A. Hospitality industry, since 1949. As the private sectors’ voice, the association represents the interests of the accommodation & catering sectors in the industry.
As the oldest industry association in S.A. (65 years in 2014), FEDHASA uniquely holds two Registrations that set us apart from the rest – i.e. Industry Trade Association and Employers’ Body. Apart from industry voice and representation, FEDHASA also offers networking, specialised advice and cost saving benefits to our members.
The Association of Uganda Tour Operators (AUTO) is Uganda's leading tourism trade association, representing the interests of the country's leading and experienced professional tour operators. Members offer a range of services, which can be broadly divided into the following categories:
The African Travel & Tourism Association (Atta) is a member-driven trade association that promotes tourism to Africa from all corners of the world. Recognised as the Voice of African Tourism, Atta serves and supports businesses in Africa representing buyers and suppliers of tourism product across 22 African countries. With over 550 members, Atta acts as Pan-Africa’s largest network of tourism product covering not only accommodation, transport and travel specialists in Africa, but a formidable selection of tour operators, representation and PR companies worldwide promoting tourism to Africa.
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The Kenya Association of Travel Agents (KATA) is a membership based organization that represents the interests of Travel Industry in Kenya and other interested parties. KATA works to enhance and improve the Travel Industry business climate in Kenya by promoting the services of Travel Agents to the general public, protecting the rights of Travel Agents businesses, and assisting businesses to optimize their businesses and improve profitability.
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The Uganda Community Tourism Association (UCOTA) is a Non-governmental membership organization for Community Based Tourism Enterprises in Uganda. It was founded in July 1998, and incorporated in 2004. UCOTA is owned by its members and exists to empower community members by promoting the development of Community Based Tourism through training its members, marketing their products and services, networking with stakeholders, and advocating for communities’ tourism needs. Members in turn are expected to improve their sales and increase their income. Income earned by the communities through tourism activities is reinvested in the communities and conservation projects. UCOTA has over 72 member-groups, representing about 1,200 individuals of which 63% are women.
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KZNGALTA is a non-profit business association that promotes KwaZulu-Natal, and in turn South Africa, as a pink-friendly, LGBT tourism destination. We are comprised primarily by unpaid volunteers and commercial associates with a shared interest in educating the travel trade of the serious value of global LGBT travel (valued at $160b p.a. - UNWTO, 2012), growing the domestic tourism sector and enhancing our share of the global market for the benefit of all South Africans.
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The Africa Travel Association (ATA) was established as an international travel industry trade association in 1975 to promote travel, tourism and transport to and within Africa, and to strengthen intra-Africa partnerships. ATA partners with the African Union Commission (AUC) to promote the sustainable development of tourism to and across Africa.
SAACI is the recognised umbrella body of the Conference and Meetings Industry in Southern Africa. Since 1987 we have been dedicated to efficiency and professionalism in the industry. In fact, SAACI membership is a vital recognition of professionalism practice. SAACI has a national board and four regional branches- Northern Territories (including Free State, Gauteng, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, North West, Botswana and Namibia). Eastern Cape, Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal. Each branch is made up of specialist forums that represent specific industry sectors- Conferences & Events, Destination Marketing, Exhibitions, Services, Technical, Transport and Venues.
Skål International is the only international organisation that brings together all sectors of the travel and tourism industry. Representing the industry’s managers and executives, Skål has approximately 17,000 members in 450 Clubs spread throughout almost 85 countries.
The Regional Tourism Organisation of Southern Africa (RETOSA) is a Southern African Development Community (SADC) body responsible for the development of tourism and regional destination marketing across the 15 Southern Africa countries: Angola, Botswana, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
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The Association of Southern African Travel Agents (ASATA) represents SA retail travel agents, travel management companies, wholesalers and suppliers of travel-related products and services. Our focus is to ensure the sustainability and profitability of our members as well as the delivery of a professional service to the travelling consumer service to the travelling consumer.
ZTOA is the private sector Association for the Inbound Tour Operators who package, plan and book tours in and around Zimbabwe tailor-made to the clients specifications. Their drivers are certified on an annual basis, and tours are accompanied by a Tour Guide, who might also be the driver.
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The Hospitality and Tourism Association of Botswana (HATAB) exists to promote, encourage and police excellence in hospitality and tourism in Botswana. It is HATAB's role to ensure that all visitors, both from within and from outside Botswana, enjoy consistently high standards of service from the entire hospitality and tourism industry. The Association is an umbrella organization representing all sectors of the industry. Privately established and funded, it is the governing body for all its members.
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South African Travel Womens club was founded in 1958 as a non-profit organsiation, and it was the exclusively male clubs that were the fashion at that time that led to its formation. Constitutionally, this has remained unchanged since inception. Approx. 200 members benefit from monthly lunches, which provide excellent networking opportunities for women in the travel industry. These lunches also allow sponsors to market their products, directly to the travel industry on a one on one basis, and let's not forget, money raised at these lunches are donated to the sponsors choice of charity.
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Fair Trade Tourism is a not-for-profit company which represents global best-practice in responsible tourism and recognised by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council. Fair Trade Tourism offers certification in South Africa, Mozambique, Madagascar and Zimbabwe, and has mutual recognition agreements with certification programmes in Botswana, Namibia, Seychelles, Kenya and Tanzania.
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