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Top Tourism Organizations

Who Are They?

Skål USA recognizes the following National and International Tourism and Travel Organizations. A knowledge, understanding and possible membership will greatly benefit both an individual Skål member and Skål Club in career development and business.  Please feel free to contact them directly through their individual website.

American Bus Association

Mission statement: As the industry leader, ABA advances North American motorcoach travel to fulfill the transportation and travel needs of the public.

Summary of services: ABA members have direct access to more than 900 safe and reliable motorcoach and tour operator member companies. ABA also serves as the administrator agency for SKÅL International USA.  Learn more…

Destinations International

Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI) is now Destinations International.

Mission statement: Destinations International is about serving destination marketing professionals first and foremost. Together with our members and partners, Destinations International represents a powerful forward-thinking, collaborative association; exchanging bold ideas, connecting innovative people, and elevating tourism to its highest potential. Learn more…

National Tour Association

Mission statement: Founded in 1951, the National Tour Association is the premier organization of packaged travel professionals who serve travelers to, from and within North America. Our 700+ buyer members are tour operators who package travel domestically and around the world as well as travel agents who sell these tours. Our seller members—500 destinations and 1,100 tour suppliers—specialize in markets such as student, family, faith, adventure, culinary, China inbound and more. Learn more

American Hotel and Lodging Association

Mission Statement: The indispensable resource serving, supporting and advocating on behalf of the American hospitality industry.

Summary of Services: AHLA is the singular voice representing every segment of the hotel industry including major chains, independent hotels, management companies, REIT’s, bed and breakfasts, industry partners and more. Learn more

Student and Youth Travel Association

Mission Statement: Promoting the development and growth of the student and youth travel market.

Summary of Services: Expanding SYTA’s role as the “Voice of Student and Youth Travel” by keeping the industry, the press, consumers, and the general public informed on student travel related issues, information, and relevant data. Learn more

Mission Statement:  The SYTA Youth Foundation’s (SYF) mission is to impact the lives of culturally, linguistically or economically at-risk students and youth through travel experiences that change their lives.

Summary of Services:  SYF acts as a vehicle for the many volunteer resources and funding capabilities available from SYTA members, the student and youth travel industry, the educational community, and the public. Learn more…

Brand USA

Mission Statement:   Brand USA’s mission is to increase incremental international visitation, spend, and market share to fuel the nation’s economy and enhance the image of the USA worldwide.

Summary of Services:  As the destination marketing organization for the United States, established by the Travel Promotion Act of 2009 as the nation’s first public-private partnership to spearhead a globally coordinated marketing effort to promote the United States as a premier travel destination and to communicate U.S. visa and entry policies, Brand USA began operations in May 2011. Learn more…