The Air Line Pilots Association, International (ALPA) is the largest airline pilot union in the world and represents 60,000 pilots who fly for 40 U.S. and Canadian airlines. Founded in 1931, the Association is chartered by the AFL-CIO and the Canadian Labour Congress. Known internationally as US-ALPA, it is a member of the International Federation of Air Line Pilot Associations.
ALPA provides three critical services to its members:
The United States Tour Operators Association is the largest and most influential U.S. organization of tour operators. USTOA encourages and supports professional and financial integrity in tourism and provides information about member tour operators’ activities. Formed in 1972, with a desire to elevate standards of professionalism in the travel industry USTOA developed into the first travel organization to establish a consumer protection fund, followed by a member bonding requirement to protect consumers' tour deposits and payments in case of bankruptcy or default.
The Travel Industry Association of America (TIA) is a Washington DC based non-profit association that represents and speaks for the common interests and concerns of all components of the U.S. travel industry. TIA was established in 1941 to increases public awareness of the economic importance of travel and to promote domestic and international travel.
The National Transportation Safety Board Bar Association is comprised of attorneys that practice before the United States National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and the Department of Transportation (DOT). While the main focus of the group is the representation of pilots and aviation businesses in regulatory, certification, and enforcement actions, many members practice in other areas of the law as well, such as air crash litigation, aviation insurance defense, taxation, and business law.
The Outside Sales Support Network (OSSN) is an association formed in 1990 to support and educate Independent Contractors and Outside Sales Travel Agents, that is, commissioned salespersons who solicit business for a travel agency or other retailer. The Outside Sales Support Network is the largest travel trade organization in the U.S. for outside sales and independent contractors working with travel agents. OSSN also has a close association with ARTA which allows each of their members the opportunity to participate in joint training and familiarization courses and seminars.
The Society of Travel Agents in Government (STAG) was formed to represent the interests of travel agencies involved in the sale of government travel. Government travel services amount to $20 billion per year, and STAG is a non-profit organization forum for the sale of government travel services. Since 1983, STAG has enhanced the competence of travel agencies by providing travel services to governmental bodies through education, sponsoring networking opportunities, and by promoting professional standards.
The Society of Incentive Travel Executives (SITE) brings together individuals from all elements of incentive travel to provide a resource for information exchange and problem solving. Members are offered discounted rates to the regional Universities of Incentive Travel with curriculum covering a wide range of "how to" subjects in incentive travel. Members are offered discounted rates to the annual International Conference and other conference held around the world, whose agendas focus on trends and developments that will impact incentive travel in the future.
The National Tour Association (NTA) is a premier association for travel professionals whose interest is in the packaged travel sector. The NTA brings together those who package travel, group as well as individual trips coordinators, and the suppliers and various providers of travel. Although based in North America, NTA membership spans the globe.
NTA’s goal is to help members to increase their bottom lines by: promoting partnering and networking among members and providing key information members can use to move ahead of non-member competition.
The National Association of Cruise Only Agents (NACOA) is a cruise focused trade association which address the needs and concerns of cruise lines, as well as agents who specialize in the sale of cruises. NACOA is designed to promote cruise oriented travel retailers, cruise vacations, cruise unit retailers, and the needs of the cruise industry as a whole. NACOA provides industry expertise in the form of training at various programs and forums.