The National Association of Commissioned Travel Agents (NACTA) represents independent contractors, outside sales agents, cruise and tour oriented agents, group oriented travel professionals and traditional Airlines Reporting Corporation (ARC) appointed travel agencies that provide services and support to travel professionals. NACTA, formed an alliance with The American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA) and is now an affiliate of ASTA. NACTA membership enables qualified members to obtain the TravelSellers.com IATAN Identification Code.
Founded in 1946, the International Council on Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Education (CHRIE) seeks to unite educators, industry executives and associations. CHRIE is a global advocate of hospitality and tourism education in schools, colleges, and universities offering programs in hotel and restaurant management, foodservice management and culinary arts.
The International Airlines Travel Agents Network (IATAN) has been in existence since 1986. Its mission is to promote professionalism, administer meaningful and impartial business standards, and to provide cost effective products, services and educational programs that benefit the travel industry. IATAN provides a vital link between the supplier community and the U.S. travel distribution network.
The Official trade organization of the cruise industry, Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), also works in partnership with over 16,000 affiliated travel agencies throughout North America to ensure the highest caliber of cruise sales expertise and service for cruise vacationers.
CLIA was formed in 1975 under the name Transatlantic Passenger Steam Ship Conference.
The American Bus Association (ABA) co-ordinates connecting ABA affiliated bus schedules and seeks to improve bus terminals, travel, and tourism. The ABA functions as the trade association of the intercity bus industry, and represents the motorcoach industry's interests in Washington, D.C. It also facilitates relationships between North American motorcoach and tour companies and all related segments of the travel and supplier industries and promotes travel by motorcoach to consumers.
The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) was formed in 1910 as a federation of state lodging associations throughout the United States with some 13,000 property members worldwide, representing more than 1.7 million guest rooms. AH&LA was formally known as the America Hotel and Motel Association.
The American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA) is the largest travel trade association in North America. ASTA maintains a Standards of Ethics Code for professional business practices in the travel industry.
The Association of Canadian Travel Agencies was established in 1977 to represent the retail travel sector of Canada's tourism industry. ACTA’s members include travel agents, tour operators, travel wholesalers and suppliers such as, airlines, hotels, destination marketing organizations, cruise and rail lines, and automobile rental companies. According to their website, in 1998, ACTA members sold four billion dollars of scheduled air service; issued more than seven million tickets; and booked about eighty percent of all airline reservations in Canada.
The Association of Retail Travel Agents’ (ARTA) membership is 100 percent professional travel agents and ARTA does not accept travel suppliers or other travel companies as members. Formed in 1963, ARTA is the largest and most influential travel agent only organization in North America.
Known as the Automobile Association (AA), outside of the US and Canada, this drivers based organization is best known for providing emergency road side service. The American Automobile Association (AAA) provides maps, tour books, insurance, road service and other services to its members and offers personalized travel service for consumers. The AAA has thousands of local branch offices throughout the U.S. and Canada. The AAA also provides access to member based discounts for airline tickets, auto services, and hotels as well as travel guides, maps, and directions.