Tourism in General

  1. Confturismo Confcommercio ((United Group of Italian National Organisations representing Enterprises and Professions in Tourism): Confturismo represents the national organizations representing companies and tourism professions belonging to Confcommercio Imprese per l'Italia including  hotels, public establishments, travel agencies, tour operators, incentive services, camp sites, tourist villages, tourism-hotel residences, time-shares, bed & breakfasts, youth hostels, beach resorts, night clubs, marinas and boat hire enterprises and meeting planners. Furthermore, in confirming itself as the most representative confederal level organization in the sector, Confturismo acts as a privileged interlocutor for the institutions for the study and definition of new development policies for Italian tourism.
  2. EARTH (European Alliance for Responsible Tourism and Hospitality): Launched in 2008 in Brussels, EARTH is the first European Network created by European experts of responsible tourism. The association is composed of 15 private organizations in 7 European countries (Austria, Belgium, Ireland, Italy, Germany, France, and Spain). This network has been created by the professionals of sustainable and responsible tourism in order to create a coherent action and to promote the principles of sustainability, fairness and solidarity for tourism.
  3. EDEN (European Destinations of Excellence): EDEN is the largest European network of destinations awarded by the European Commission for the quality of their tourist offers and respect for the environment.
  4. ENAT (European Network for Accessible Tourism): ENAT was established in January 2006 as a project-based initiative of nine sponsoring organisations in six EU Member States. The mission of ENAT is to make European tourist destinations, products and services accessible to all travelers and to promote accessible tourism around the world.
  5. ERRIN (European Regions Research and Innovation Network): ERRIN is a well-established Brussels-based platform of more than 125 regional stakeholder organisations from 22 European countries, most of whom are represented by its Brussels offices. ERRIN focuses solely on research and innovation policy and funding programmes, as well as project development. Members are mainly regional authorities, universities, research organisations, chambers of commerce, and clusters. They develop the agenda and the priorities of the whole network by taking an active role within working groups or in the Management Board. ERRIN facilitates regional collaboration and knowledge exchange to the benefit of all its members and partner organisations, with a view to build a competitive Europe which supports smart, sustainable, and inclusive growth in all regions.
  6. ETC (European Travel Commission): The European Travel Commission (ETC) is an association of National Tourism Organisations (NTOs) based in Brussels. It was created in 1948 to promote Europe as a tourist destination to long-haul markets outside of Europe, originally the US and later Canada, Latin America and Asia-Pacific. ETC currently has 33 member NTOs and 14 associate members from the private industry. The association aims to raise awareness of the importance of tourism among national European authorities and the general public through sharing best practices and cooperation in market intelligence and promotion. ETC promotes Europe as a tourist destination in key third visitor markets on behalf of its member organisations. It undertakes regional trade and global consumer marketing campaigns to promote Destination Europe. ETC analyses tourism market trends to identify fast-growing outbound markets. ETC research activities aim to deliver the intelligence support necessary to keep a competitive edge in the global tourism market. In close collaboration with the travel industry, ETC raises awareness among public authorities and the wider public across Europe of the economic and broader importance of tourism.
  7. ETOA (European Tourism Association): ETOA is the trade association for better tourism in Europe. ETOA works with policymakers to enable a fair and sustainable business environment so that Europe remains competitive and appealing for visitors and residents. With over 1,200 members serving 63 original markets, ETOA is a powerful voice at local, national and European levels. Members include tour and online operators, intermediaries and wholesalers, European tourist boards, hotels, attractions, technology companies and other tourism service providers ranging in size from global brands to local independent businesses. ETOA is connected with over 30,000 industry professionals across its social media channels. ETOA offers an unparalleled networking and contracting platform for tourism practitioners, running 8 flagship events across Europe and in China that collectively arrange over 46,000 one-on-one appointments every year.
  8. Federturismo Confindustria (National Travel and Tourism Federation): Federturismo Confindustria is the Italian Travel and Tourism Federation and represents the companies operating in the different areas of the tourism industry. It belongs to the Confindustria system and currently includes 21 sector associations, 9 company members (directly associated) and several local associations. Members include all the major players in the market and in some case 100% of the companies in the business areas (hotels, villages and resorts, campings outdoors, tour operator and travel agents, thermal resorts, convention centers, sailing, marinas, beach resorts, amusement and theme parks, industrial museums, ski lift operators, entertainment and travel retail).
  9. FEST (Foundation for European Sustainable Tourism): The Foundation for European Sustainable Tourism (FEST) aims to support governments, academies and organizations to plan, deliver and manage tourism programs and projects with sustainability. It focuses on three key factors for tourism success and competitiveness: governance, leadership and management.  FEST promotes “Project Management for Sustainable Development” (PM4SD) as best practice for sustainable tourism in order to create long term benefits for destinations and local communities.
  10. NECSTouR (Network of European Regions for Sustainable and Competitive Tourism): NECSTouR is the voice of European Regions committed to sustainability- economic, social and environmental as a crucial driver of destination competitiveness. As the network for 34 European regional tourism authorities and 30 associated members (universities, research institutes, representatives of tourism enterprises and sustainable tourism associations, NECSTouR proactively, and in partnership works to address challenges by identifying, capturing and sharing best practice solutions with its partners and key partners and alliances across Europe. As a member of the UNWTO’s Affiliate Members Board, NECSTouR enables regions and destinations to support and implement the relevant tourism priorities linked to the global 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals as adopted by the United Nations General Assembly.
  11. NET (Network for the European Private Sector in Tourism): NET is a network of large trade associations of the private sector in European tourism (CLIA Europe, ECTAA, EFOCO&HPA, ETOA, EuroGITES, HOTREC, IAAPA and IRU) NET’s  purpose is to work with policy makers and other partners to develop common ambitious, cooperative and business-friendly tourism policies, allowing tourism to prosper and to serve travelers with safe, sustainable, affordable and high quality services for all.Tourism's contribution to EU employment and GDP is crucial. It contributes more than 10% of GDP and provides c.12 million jobs largely in small and medium sized enterprises. This represents the third largest socio-economic activity in the EU. Its potential for growth will only be realized with coordinated support from policy makers and other stakeholders. NET’s vision is for Europe to be an attractive and sustainable destination for visitors from Europe and worldwide, a competitive place for tourism businesses to establish and operate, a strong contributor to growth and jobs. Continued success in European tourism requires: an open market in services, a competitive regulatory and fiscal environment for business, continued improvement in applicable visa regimes and border crossings, transparency and informed choice for consumers, improved infrastructure and service for visitors, smart regulation and digital uptake, raised awareness of the social, cultural and economic benefits of tourism. Progress is difficult because competence for tourism is shared at local, national and EU level.
  12. Tourism Society Europa (Membership body for people working in all sectors of the visitor economy): Founded in 1977, the Tourism Society is where individuals from across all sectors of the Visitor Economy come together (online and offline) for discussion, debate, to share views and knowledge and to network. It’s the only professional organization of its kind in the UK that represents all of Tourism- across all disciplines, geography and career stages. Existing members represent tour operators, hotel chains, PR, marketing and representation companies, tourist attractions, national, regional and local tourist boards, restaurants, trade media, charities, consultants, academics, students and educational establishments among others.
  13. WTTC (World Travel & Tourism Council): The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) represents the global private sector of Travel & Tourism, with a mission to ensure the sector is seamless, secure, safe, inclusive and sustainable. WTTC raises awareness of Travel & Tourism’s value, not just as one of the world’s largest economic sectors, but also to the many communities and travelers enriched through their experiences.

Accommodation and Food & Drink

  1. EUFED (European Union Federation of Youth Hostel Associations): EUFED was set up in Strasbourg in 1987 to represent the views of Youth Hostels at the European level. Based in Brussels, EUFED is a European platform liaising with the European Commission, the European Parliament, and other EU institutions and associations to promote the youth hosteling movement and gain political and financial support for the cause as well as to assist the national youth hostel associations in the development of their work.
  2. HOTREC (Hotels, Restaurants, Bars and Cafés and similar establishments)  HOTREC brings together 45 National associations in 33 countries, and is the voice of the hospitality industry in Europe. HOTREC’s mission is to represent and champion its interests towards the EU and international institutions, as well as to all kind of relevant stakeholders, foster knowledge sharing and best practice among its members, in order to promote further innovation and to act as a platform of expertise for the European hospitality industry.

Adventure Tourism

  1. ATTA (The Adventure Travel Trade Association): ATTA is a vital leadership voice and partner for the adventure travel industry around the world. The ATTA community today is a vibrant, thriving, interactive network, 1,300+ members strong and representing 100 countries worldwide. From tour operators to tourism boards, specialty agents to accommodations, all ATTA members share a genuine love for global exploration and a vested interest in the sustainable development of tourism.

Cultural Tourism

  1. ECTN (European Cultural Tourism Network): The European Cultural Tourism Network (ECTN) was established in Brussels in 2009. ECTN aims to achieve a high level of collaboration between Members in the field of Cultural Tourism and to establish a close cooperation with the institutions of the European Union and other international organizations, networks and public institutions worldwide. ECTN’s mission is to bring together the tourism and cultural industry professionals working in different regions of Europe to exchange experience and information on best practice and to develop new approaches and innovations. ECTN members are destinations, authorities, NGOs and research institutes. ECTN currently numbers 29 members in 19 countries, including 13 EU member states and 6 associated countries. ECTN is a member of European Heritage Alliance coordinated by Europa Nostra.
  2. Europa Nostra (The Voice of Cultural Heritage in Europe): Europa Nostra was founded on 29 November 1963 in Paris. Europa Nostra is today recognized as the most representative heritage organization in Europe with members from over 40 countries. Europa Nostra’s mission is to give shape and voice to an ever-growing citizens’ movement to support citizen’s movement to support cultural and natural heritage across Europe, to be forceful advocates of heritage with its multiple benefits to economy, society, culture and the environment, towards policy makers at all levels of governance (local, regional, national, European and on a global scale), to campaign to save Europe’s most endangered heritage sites and support actions led by member organizations and to promote best practices in the heritage field across Europe- from research to conservation, from education, training and awareness-raising to the dedicated service of professionals and volunteers.
  3. Mad’in Europe (The European portal of Craftsmen and Cultural Heritage Restorers):  Mad’in Europe started its activities at the end of 2013 and is connecting the European art-crafts community with international potential users (private consumers, architects, designers, interior designers, musicians. Mad’in Europe has created a network all over Europe and is collaborating with many regional, national and international institutions. The purpose is to merge energies and resources of all stakeholders and to focus on a common vision which is supporting excellence by bringing sustainable growth.
  4. Mirabilia (European Network of Chambers of Commerce (to promote UNESCO sites): The Association’s purposes include that of creating business opportunities between supply and demand in the tourism sector, and in the closely related agrifood and artistic handicrafts sectors, by implementing specific actions of B2B, training, digitization of enterprises, development of applicative technologies, educational tours, design of tourist itineraries including those for specific themes (e.g. religious pilgrimages…), actions to capitalize on artistic handicrafts, actions aimed at establishing the European MIRABILIA of UNESCO sites, and interventions aimed at creating a network between Chambers of commerce and schools, with the objective of fostering knowledge of the territories and of the hospitality facilities in the participating provinces.


  1. ECF (European Cyclists( Federation): Founded in 1983, ECF’s goal is to promote cycling as a sustainable and healthy means of transportation and recreation.
  2. EGWA (European Greenways Association): EGWA was created in 1998 in Namur (Wallonia, Belgium) with the aim to inventory and encourage the creation and promotion of Greenways in Europe.
  3. ERA (European Ramblers’ Association): The ERA was founded in Germany in 1969. Today the ERA comprises 63 ramblers’ organisations from 34 European states. These organisations have a total of over 3 million individual members. They organize and create conditions to facilitate walking (path marking, construction of huts, viewing towers, shipyards, campsites etc.

Gastronomic Tourism

  1. IGCAT (International Institute of Gastronomy, Culture, Arts and Tourism): IGCAT is a non-profit institute established in 2012 working with regional stakeholder consortiums in the fields of gastronomy, culture, arts, and tourism. It counts on the expertise of worldwide network of experts and work in partnership with specialized intergovernmental organizations. GCAT aims to empower local communities by raising awareness of the importance to safeguard and promote distinct food, culture, arts and sustainable tourism assets.
  2. spiritsEUROPE (represents Spirits Producers): spiritsEUROPE represents the interests of 31 associations of spirits producers as well as 10 leading multinational companies. One overlooked set of SMEs that can bring significant benefits to often remote rural locations are small distillers. Not only do these businesses generate local jobs and revenue, they are increasingly a huge draw for tourists looking to experience the unique craft and heritage of Europe’s spirit sector. To support this spiritsEUROPE has launched ‘Taste Destination Europe!,’ a new initiative promoting spirits tourism across Europe. Whether whisky, brandy, gin or schnapps, increasing understanding of the craft distillery sector will drive the growth of these high performing SMEs and provide vital economic opportunities for rural communities.

Health, Wellness Tourism

  1. ESPA (European Spas Association): European Spas was founded 1995 in Brussels as an umbrella Spa industry organization representing members from 20 countries in Europe, among them national and regional spas associations, health resorts and spa facilities. ESPA’s global objective is to promote spas, medical spas and balneology in Europe and to take care that the natural remedies based on mineral water, thermal water, peliods and climate will be available to a great number of citizens and visitors as possible.
  2. EHTTA (European Historic Thermal Towns Association): EHTTA represents historic thermal spa towns across Europe. The EHTTA was founded in 2009 in Brussels (Belgium) by six Founder Members- Acqui Terme (Italy), Bath (UK), Ourense (Spain), Salsomaggiore Terme (Italy), Spa (Belgium) and Vichy (France). Today, the European Route of Historic Thermal Towns brings together 50 spa destinations in 17 countries across Europe. In 2010 it was certified by the Council of Europe as a European Cultural Route, one of over 30 across Europe.
  3. HTI PARTNER Ltd. (Health Tourism Industry): HTI Health Tourism Industry is the leading platform for doing health tourism business in Europe, and the organizer of the HTI Conference, the leading European event of its kind. It brings together top professionals and thought health tourism industry leaders from private and public sector, who aim to address key challenges and discuss upcoming developments in health tourism industry. HTI enables global stakeholders to stay on top of the trends, to exchange and grow their knowledge, and to establish profound industry network generating new business opportunities. HTI represents a source of education, information and business intelligence, at the same time serving other industries complementary to travel for care. The HTI Conference gathers medical, spa and wellness providers, facilitators, travel agents and tour operators, health insurance industry, hospitality industry, pharmaceutical industry, healthcare products and services providers, banking, finance and IT industry, business associations an consultants and tourism boards, governments and public authorities.

Islands Tourism

  1. OTIE (Observatory on Tourism in the European Islands): OTIE was founded on 2 February 2007 in Palermo, where the head office is located. It’s a non-profit association constituted by public institutions, universities, research centres and other international organizations of 7 EU insular countries (Italy, Spain, France, Portugal, Greece, Malta and Cyprus). OTIE offers a support to devise strategic, operative and marketing plans on tourism because it has a wide network of contacts and a steady updated benchmark on European tourism.

Leisure and Recreation Tourism

  1. EAAM (European Association for Aquatic Mammals): EAAM is a non-profit organisation founded in 1972 and dedicated to the knowledge, welfare and conservation of marine mammals. Its members are zoological facilities across Europe that display marine mammals to the public, engage in conservation education, and conduct or participate in scientific research for the benefit of the in situ and ex situ conservation of marine mammal species. EAAM operates in cooperation with the European Association for Zoos and Aquariums (EAZA).
  2. EAZA (European Association of Zoos and Aquariums): Founded in 1992, EAZA’s mission is to facilitate co-operation within the European zoo and aquarium community with the aim of furthering its professional quality in keeping animals and presenting them for education of the public, and of contributing to scientific research and to the conservation of biodiversity. It achieves these aims through stimulation, facilitation and co-ordination of the community’s efforts in education, conservation and scientific research, through the enhancement of co-operation with all relevant organisations and through influencing relevant legislation within the EU.
  3. European Boating Industry (The Voice of the recreational boating industry in Europe): Since 2009 the European Boating Industry based in Brussels represents the leisure marine industry at EU level, gathering intelligence on EU laws and policies that affect the boating industry. The total industry is made up of boatbuilders, engine manufacturers, equipment manufacturers, trade and service providers linked to boating, marinas and water sports consists of over 38,000 companies mostly SMEs based in Europe. Over 280,000 direct employees. 50,000 in manufacturing (boatbuilding, equipment, accessories, etc.) 230,000 in services (trade, repair & maintenance, marinas, charter, crews, schools, etc.) Annual turnover of 20 billion EUR. Innovative recreational craft used for leisure, typically boats up to 24m .Safe product, in line with European environmental and legal rules. 36 million boaters, 48 million people enjoying watersports, 7 million boats in Europe (80% below 8m)
  4. ENOS (The European Network of Outdoor Sports) was established as a not for profit organisation at the Nature and Outdoor Sports Euro’Meet conference in 2013 (Liptovsky Mikulas, Slovakia). ENOS is a network of European experts, local authorities, federations, universities, practitioners and outdoor sports enthusiasts. ENOS’ main objectives are to represent outdoor sports at a strategic level in Europe, promote that outdoor sport can provide genuine environmental, educative, social and economic benefits to individuals, communities, regions and nations, support the organization and management of outdoor sports both on a national and transnational basis, encourage trans-national approaches to the recognition of leaders, instructors and coaches, to develop mobility and employment, assist initiatives that promote responsible and sustainable access and use of landscape, marine areas, habitats and eco-systems.
  5. IAAPA (The Global Association for the Attractions Industry): IAAPA is the premier trade association representing the diverse and ever-changing attractions industry (theme parks, family entertainment centers, water parks, zoos and aquariums, historical sites).IAAPA hosts global events and conferences that spread successful ideas and practices.  IAAPA counts over 6,000 member companies from over 100 countries.

Music Tourism

  1. EFA (European Festivals Association): EFA unites distinguished music, dance, theatre and multidisciplinary arts festivals from Europe and beyond since 1952. Today, EFA connects about 100 festivals and festival associations in 40 countries. EFA members are the core element that make the Association an open, influential, international place for any festival that wants to be part of a bigger festival community. EFA’s mission is to unite and represent its member festivals across Europe and the world by contributing to the artistic life of Europe. It acts as the most important platform for arts festivals. EFA members take the joint responsibility that the arts are prioritised offering their platforms to bring the arts to the audiences.
  2. Pearle*-Live Performance Europe (European Federation in the Performing Arts and Music Sector): Created in 1991, Pearle*-Live Performance Europe is the Performing Arts Employers Association League Europe, the European Federation of Music and Live Performance Organizations. Pearle* represents through its members more than 10,000 managers or theaters, concert venues, theater production companies, orchestras, operas, ballet and dance companies, festivals, promoters and other professional organizations in the performing arts in Europe. Pearle* is the leading organization on EU and international regulatory affairs issues affecting daily operations or live performance organizations.

Nature Tourism

  1. EFCO & HPA (European Federation of Campingsite Organisations and Holiday Park Associations): EFCO & HPA is the representative body at European level, working for all businesses with caravans, tents, motorhomes, chalets and all forms of self-catering accommodation in the park setting. Membership is made up of national trade associations of 23 European countries.

Rural Tourism

  1. EuroGites (European Federation of Rural Tourism): Eurogites is a professional tourism trade organization representing a tourism sector with an estimate of 500.000 micro-enterprises and about 5-6,5 million bed places. It is formed by 31 professional and trade organizations from 28 countries of geographical Europe. The comprehensive network covers country and rural businesses such as tourism farms, accommodation in private rural homes (B&B or Self-Catering units), traditional gastronomy, adventure, sport, heritage and cultural activities and associated events related to visitor interests and experiences.  As a whole, this sector stands for about 15% of the European tourism capacity. Rural Tourism comprises micro-enterprises, self-employed, and services that are not business activity similar to the concept of “collaborative economy”. Their needs in skills and training follow a “generalist” concept, rather than high-level specialization in a specific area. EuroGites provides linkage with other EU tourism industry structures such as NET, ENOS and ATTA, has good contacts with the private sector representing the “Collaborative Economy” (AirBnB, HomeAway), and is actively involved in EU structures for Rural Development (Civil Dialogue Group on Rural Development and ENRD).

Social Tourism

  1. ISTO (International Social Tourism Organisation): ISTO was established in 1963 as an international non-profit organization. It brings together stakeholders from the social, sustainable and solidarity tourism sectors from all over the world. ISTO has two ambitions: to promote the development of tourism for all and make holidays accessible to the greatest number of people and to promote and support forms of tourism that benefit people, communities and local areas. These include responsible, solidarity, fair and community tourism. The work of ISTO involves representation before national and international bodies relating to tourism, the dissemination of information an insights (news and academic research), networking its members (events and member space on the website), support and participation in projects.

Tourist Guides

  1. FEG (European Federation of Tourist Guide Associations): FEG was founded in 1986 in Paris to represent the profession at European level, to publicise and improve the quality of service offered to all visitors to Europe and to bring together and strengthen professional tourist guiding links across Europe. FEG is the Professional Tourist Guides voice in Europe (and especially the EU). FEG is also a member of Europa Nostra, CEN, CEPLIS, WTM and in partnership with the World Federation of Tourist Guide Associations, the European Travel Commission, the European Network for Accessible Tourism, Live Private Guides app, the World Food Travel Association, the History Channel and Athina Training Centre.

Trade Unions

  1. EFFAT (European Federation of Food, Agriculture and Tourism Trade Unions): EFFAT is the result from a merger concluded between two European trade union federations, the ECF-IUF and EFA on 11 December 2000. EFFAT represents 120 national trade unions from 35 European countries and  defends the interests of more than 22 million workers towards the European Institutions, European industrial federations and enterprise management. As a member of the ETUC, EFFAT promotes its members’ interests in all  European interprofessional issues jointly and with strength. As a regional organisation within the IUF, EFFAT also defends its members’ interests world- and sector-wide. In recent years EFFAT has set up European Works Councils in more than 100 transnational groups and has a successful social dialogue underway in among others the agriculture, hotel & restaurant, contract catering, sugar and tobacco sectors. EFFAT supports its member organisations in Central and Eastern Europe to develop free and solid trade unions. For many years EFFAT has given its support to the sustainable development of agrofood and tourism policy in which ethical, social and ecological aspects are considered.
  2. ETF ( European Transport Workers’ Federation): ETF is a pan-European trade union organization which embraces transport trade unions from the European Union, the European Economic Area and Central and Eastern European countries. The ETF was created in Brussels on 14-15 June 1999. Today, the ETF represents more than 5 million transport workers from more than 200 transport unions and 41 European countries. These workers are found in all parts of the transport industry, on land, sea and in the air (civil aviation, fisheries, inland waterways, logistics, maritime transport, ports and docks, railways, road transport, tourism, urban public transport). ETF also has specific structures to represent women and young transport workers.
  3. ETLC (European Trade Union Liaison Committee on Tourism): ETLC was formed in 1995 in Brussels as a platform for the coordination of European trade union federations and global trade union federations which represent workers in the tourism sector. The European trade union federations EFFAT, UNI-Europa and ETF represent more than 9 million union members in Europe. They are recognised representatives for their sectors at the European institutions and in the European social dialogue with employers’ organisations. The European Trade Union Liaison Committee on Tourism represents workers in the various sectors which provide services in tourism, e.g. hotels and restaurants, catering, transport, travel agents, tour operators, leisure parks, tourist offices, tour guides etc. ETLC representation of this wide base of tourism workers has the aim of ensuring that decision-makers at European level take into consideration the specific interests and needs of the tourism workforce and, whenever possible, that the trade unions speak with one voice. The paramount aim is the promotion of sustainable employment in tourism by improving working conditions for workers in the tourism sector, promotion of training/continuous training in the tourism industry, promotion of the social dialogue in the tourism sector and strengthening cross-border cooperation between trade unions which represent workers in the tourism sector.
  4. UNI Europa (European Trade Union Federation for Service Workers): As the European trade union federation for 7 million service workers, UNI Europa speaks for the sectors that constitute the backbone of economic and social life in Europe. Headquartered in the heart of Brussels, UNI Europa represents 272 national trade unions in 50 countries, including: Commerce, Banking Insurance and Central Banks, Gaming, Graphical and Packaging, Hair and Beauty, Information and Communication Technology Services, Media, Entertainment and Arts, Postal Services and Logistics, Private Care and Social Insurance, Industrial Cleaning and Private Security, Professional Sport and Leisure, Professionals/Managers and Temporary Agency Workers. UNI Europa represents the largest region in UNI Global Union. It is organized by sector and regions. UNI Europa is a member of the European Trade Union Confederation. UNIE Europa is the European branch of UNI Global Union whose headquarters are in Nyon, Switzerland.


  1. ACI Europe (Airports Council International): ACI Europe represents over 500 airports in 46 European countries. Members facilitate over 90% of commercial air traffic in Europe: 2.3 billion passengers, 21.2 million tonnes of freight and 25.7 million aircraft movements in 2018. In response to the Climate Emergency, in June 2019 members committed to achieve Net Zero carbon emissions for operations under their control by 2050, without offsetting. Based in Brussels, ACI Europe leads and serve the European airport industry and maintain strong links with other ACI regions throughout the world.
  2. A4E (Airlines for Europe): Recognizing the transformation of the airline industry and the considerable challenges it faces in Europe, the CEOs of Air France-KLM, easyJet, IAG, Lufthansa Group and Ryanair came together in 2015, uniting beyond traditionally perceived divides between legacy and low-cost carriers. In an unprecedented way, the five largest European airlines decided to form a single voice for aviation’s most pressing issues in Brussels. They were convinced that there could no longer be a delay in defining a clear long-term vision for aviation in Europe, and that the achievements and benefits of 25 years of the single market could be even furthered through bold policies that would benefit consumers, ensuring a continuous, clean, safe and competitive air transport market. Emboldened by the lack of progress made by previous EU airline associations, Airlines for Europe (A4E) successfully launched in January 2016. Today, A4E counts 16 leading airline groups as its members, representing over 70 per cent of European air traffic. New carriers both big and small, from low-cost to leaser, legacy and cargo have joined. Beyond airlines, global manufacturers such as Airbus, Boeing, Embraer, GE, and Thales have also become members of A4E.
  3. CLIA Europe (Cruise Lines International Association): Established 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 promoting the cruise travel experience.
  4. Eurail BV (The Organization Marketing and Managing the Eurail Pass): Eurail Group G.I.E. is the parent company responsible for the marketing and management of the Eurail and Interrail Pass products worldwide. Eurail Group G.I.E. was initially established in 2001 to take on the management, marketing and distribution of Eurail Pass products. In 2007, Eurail Group acquired the same responsibilities for the Interrail Passes. Since then, the company has continuously innovated the Pass products and distributed them, in order to meet the needs of travelers worldwide. The organization is based in Utrecht, the Netherlands and is wholly-owned by more than 35 European railway and shipping companies.
  5. IRU (International Road Transport Union): IRU is the world’s only road transport organization representing the entire industry (bus, coach, truck and taxi) and drive the sustainable mobility of people and goods across the planet. IRU is the voice of more than 3.5 million companies operating mobility and logistics services in over 100 countries. IRU members are primarily national associations for passenger or goods transport. They include associations of truck, bus, coach and taxi operators, associations for a specific category of road transport, chambers of commerce and automobile clubs.

Travel Agents and Tour Operators

  1. ECTAA (The European Travel Agents’ and Tour Operators’ Association): Founded  in 1961, ECTAA represents the national associations of travel agents and tour operators of 27 EU Member States, as well as Switzerland and Norway. In addition, there are four international Members from Tunisia, Morocco, Malaysia and Israel. ECTAA is recognised in Brussels by industry and decision-makers alike as the main representation of both Travel Agents and Tour Operators and is an esteemed consultation partner on any policy that may have an impact on Travel Agents’ and Tour Operators’ activities. ECTAA’s activities range from European Union policy affairs (tourism policy, consumer protection, visa policy, standards, etc.) and IATA matters to destination matters (promotion of selected destinations, dealing with destination issues, such as health and safety, travel restrictions, etc.
  2. TUI GROUP (The world’s leading tourism group). TUI is the world’s leading tourism group. The broad portfolio gathered under the Group umbrella consists of strong tour operators, 1,600 travel agencies and leading online portals, five airlines with around 150 aircraft, over 400 hotels, 18 cruise liners and many incoming agencies in all major holiday destinations around the world. It covers the entire tourism value chain under one roof and this integrated offering enables TUI to provide its 27 million customers with an unmatched holiday experience in 180 regions

Travel Technology

  1. Amadeus (Amadeus (Multinational IT Provider for the Global and Tourism Industry): As a travel technology company  Amadeus builds the critical solutions that help airlines and airports, hotels and railways, search engines, travel agencies, tour operators and other travel players to run their operations and improve the travel experience, billions of times a year, all over the world.
  2. Eu travel tech (EU association representing global distribution systems and travel distributors) : eu travel tech (formerly the European Technology and Travel Services Association- ETTSA) was launched in 2009 to represent and promote the interests of global distribution systems (GDSs) and travel distributors towards all relevant European stakeholders from industry to policymakers. Among eu travel tech members, all the players in the travel tech ecosystem are represented. Their common goal is to build a consumer-driven, innovative and competitive travel and tourism industry that harnesses digitization and is based on transparency and sustainability.
  3. Global Blue (Tourism Shopping Tax Refund Company): Global Blue is a tourism shopping tax refund company headquartered in Nyon, Switzerland. The company is best known for tax-free shopping, a VAT/GST refund product and also operates in dynamic currency conversion, marketing services, point-of-sale technology, retail staff education, and customer intelligence. It is the industry leader for providing tax refunds, with Premier Tax Free as its closest competitor.
  4. Startup Turismo (Italian Tourism Startup Association): The Italian Tourism Startups Association was founded in 2013 to bring together the best Italian Tourism and Culture startups. It promotes creativity and innovation and supports the growth of digital startups to boost the development of tourism economy in Italy. The Association facilitates interaction and collaboration among its partners to create added value and generate new opportunities from the sharing of experiences.
  5. Travelport (travel technology company): Travel commerce platform provides distribution, technology, payment and other valuable services for the global travel and tourism industry. Travelport facilitates travel commerce by connecting the world’s leading travel providers with online and offline travel buyers, through its proprietary business-to-business (B2B) platform. Travelport is leading the way in airline merchandising, hotel content and distribution, car rental, mobile commerce and B2B solutions. It also provides critical technology to airlines; such as shopping, ticketing, departure control and services designed to streamline every task.


  1. Tourism in General: Confturismo Confcommercio, EARTH, EDEN, ENAT, ERRIN, ETC, ETOA, Federturismo Confindustria, FEST, NECSTouR, NET, Tourism Society Europa, WTTC
  2. Accommodation and Food & Drink: EUFED, HOTREC
  3. Adventure Tourism: ATTA
  4. Cultural Tourism: ECTN, Europa Nostra, Mad’in Europe, Mirabilia
  5. Eco-Tourism: ECF, EGWA, ERA
  6. Gastronomic Tourism: IGCAT, spiritsEUROPE
  7. Health, Wellness Tourism: ESPA, EHTTA, HTI PARTNER Ltd
  8. Islands Tourism: OTIE
  9. Leisure and Recreation Tourism: EAAM, EAZA, European Boating Industry, ENOS, IAAPA
  10. Music Tourism: EFA, Pearle*
  11. Nature Tourism: EFCO & HPA
  12. Rural Tourism: EuroGites
  13. Social Tourism: ISTO
  14. Tourist Guides: FEG
  15. Trade Unions: EFFAT, ETF, ETLC, UNI Europa
  16. Transport: ACI Europe, A4E, CLIA Europe, Eurail BV, IRU
  17. Travel Agents and Tour Operators: ECTAA, TUI GROUP
  18. Travel Technology: Amadeus, Eu travel tech, Global Blue, Startup Turismo, Travelport


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