The Rwanda Tours and Travel Association (RTTA) was founded in the year 2000 by a small group of Rwandan Tours & Travel operators concerned about the quality of tourism services in the country. These founding members recognize the need to create awareness of Rwanda as a competent tourism destination as well as represent the interests of the national tours and travel industry. The membership has grown rapidly since then.
The Uganda Tourism Association (UTA) is the umbrella organization that brings together all tourism trade associations in Uganda. The current associations include the association of Uganda Tour Operators (AUTO), Uganda Safari Guides Association (USAGA), Uganda Hotel Owners’ Association (UHOA), The Uganda Travel Agents Association (TUGATA) and Uganda Community Tourism Association (UCOTA). These associations all together represent tour operators, travel Agents, accommodation facilities, tour guides and community based organizations.
The Uganda Hotel Owners Association (UHOA) is a company limited by guarantee, formed and registered in May 2000. UHOA has a membership of 450 members comprising hotels, lodges, Motels, B&Bs, Inns and camps among its members. UHOA is the biggest Hotel trade association in Uganda, with members hailing from different regions of Uganda. UHOA members range from five start hotels to ungraded facilities such as homes and camps.
The Chamber of Tourism is one of the nine professional chambers that currently exists under the umbrella of the Rwanda Private Sector Federation (PSF). The Chamber of Tourism is committed to promoting and representing the interests of players in the tourism sector in Rwanda. The Chamber of Tourism promotes a program whereby hotels, restaurants, bars and other entertainment centers are encouraged to promote Rwandan culture. Events and activities such as traditional dances, music, poetry and sales of art and crafts are particularly popular. On a quarterly basis, the Chamber releases an events calendar which is circulated among all hotels, restaurants and other entertainment centers.
The Association of Uganda Tour Operators (AUTO) is a tourism trade association that represents interests of Uganda’s tour operators since 1995. Bringing together more than 160 tour operators in Uganda, AUTO is currently the only recognized national tour operators’ association in Uganda. AUTO’s mission is to Serve the interests of members through advocacy and lobbying on sector issues, training and uphold professional and ethical standards for sustainable tourism development.
Rwanda Safari Guides Association was formed in Dec 2005 by a number of Guides who saw the importance and potential of having a National umbrella Association. Our Mission statement is "To offer quality services in order to ensure customer satisfaction and become good Ambassadors of Rwanda aiming at a sustainable development of our tourism industry. Our focal area being service delivery. Join our cause and we uplift the standards of services in Rwanda. Thanks.
UCOTA was formed in July 1998 to promote community-based tourism in Uganda. It is an umbrella national not-for-profit making organization and her membership is drawn from individuals and groups involved in Community-Based Tourism Enterprises (CBTEs) across the country. The majority of members are located along the fringes of major National Parks, Game Reserves and Central Forest Reserves in Uganda. In November 2004, UCOTA was incorporated under the laws of Uganda as a non-profit company limited by guarantee. By 2016, UCOTA had over 70 members, consisting of 4,245 individuals of whom 56% were women.
The Kenya Association of Tour Operators (KATO) is one of the key tourism trade associations in Kenya, representing the interests of over 400 of the most experienced professional tour operators in Kenya. KATO members are bound the Code of Conduct to provide the highest possible quality of service to their clients.
The Uganda Safari Guides Association (USAGA) was formed in 2000 by tour guides and specialists of tourism sub-activities such as birding, butterflies, reptiles, and cultural tourism, to provide a platform to increase their visibility and recognition as key actors in the tourism industry. USAGA was formally registered as a company limited by guarantee on 14th May 2004, and has since grown in membership and is recognized as the umbrella association of all tour guides and associated clubs in Uganda. USAGA’s organizational structure is governed by the General Assembly whose authority is delegated to the Executive Committee and operationalized through a secretariat based in Kampala. USAGA membership includes ordinary, corporate and associate members, and with 600 individuals currently registered as ordinary members.
Kenya Tourism Federation Safety & Communication Centre is the pioneer tourist safety management and control centre and we have the pleasure of introducing our organisation to you. The Tourism Industry in Kenya has traditionally had seven active private sector bodies representing the associations of Tour Operators, Hotelkeepers and Caterers, Travel Agents, Air Operators, Mombasa & Coast Tourism and Ecotourism Kenya. Whereas each association worked very hard on their own, the ability to effectively address the entire industry's concerns was limited, as the priority needs of one association's membership are quite different from those of another. This situation led to the birth of the Kenya Tourism Federation (KTF), with the primary objective of uniting the seven associations under one umbrella. The KTF vision is "To be the authoritative voice for Kenya's tourism industry private sector" and mission is "To promote a sustainable tourism sector through effective representation of private sector industry stakeholder interests."
The Uganda Association of Travel Agents (TUGATA) is a member based association of travel agents operating in Uganda founded in 1999. It is incorporated under the laws of Uganda in June 2011 as a company limited by guarantee and has a fully-fledged Secretariat since 2006. TUGATA members comprise of both IATA and non-IATA members. As of September 2016, TUGATA had 35 accredited IATA members and over 100 non-IATA members. Membership is open to those Companies whose primary activity is the sale of air transportation and travel related services. TUGATA members are bound and guided by a code of conduct that requires them to act with integrity and fairness in the overall best interest of the Travel industry.