Associations in North America

Airline Pilots Association, International

Organization

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:

Airline Safety and Security:

ALPA
1625 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington
DC
20036
+1 (703) 689-2270

Travel Agent Arbiter

Organization

The Travel Agent Arbiter (TAA) is an individual selected by a committee representing travel agents and air carriers whose responsibility is arbitrating disputes between travel agents and (a) the Airlines Reporting Corporation (ARC), (b) individual carriers, and © computer reservation system participants. Since 1988, the Arbiter has established rules giving travel agents, for the first time, the right and power to initiate complaints against ARC.

TAA
Trinity Centre 1
5870 Trinity Pkwy., Suite 170
Centreville
Virginia
20120
+1 (703) 988-9004
Travelagentarbiter@att.net
Bill McGee
1131-T

Travel Industry Association of America

Organization

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.

TIA
1100 New York Avenue, NW
Suite 450
Washington
DC
20005-3934
+1 (202) 408-8422
membership@tia.org
2071-T

United States Tour Operators Association

Organization

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.

USTOA
275 Madison Ave
Suite 2014
New York
New York
10173
+1 (212) 599-6599
ustoa@aol.com
450-T

Society of Incentive Travel Executives

Organization

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.

SITE
401 N. Michigan Ave.
Chicago
Illinois
60611
+1 (312) 321-5148
hq@site-intl.org
1691-T

National Transportation Safety Board Bar Association

DOT

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.

NTSB
P.O. Box 65461
Washington
DC
20036-5461
info@ntsbbar.org
2086-T

Outside Sales Support Network

Organization

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.

OSSN
1340 U.S. Highway One, Suite 102
Jupiter
Florida
33469
+1 (561) 743-1900
ossn@ossn.com
Gary M. Fee garyfee@ossn.com
1579-T

Society of Travel Agents in Government

Organization

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.

SGTP
6935 Wisconsin Ave. #200 6935 Wisconsin Ave. #200
Bethesda
Maryland
20815
+1 (301) 654-8595
govtvlmkt@aol.com
Duncan G. Farrell, CMP, General Manager
2118-T

International Airlines Travel Agents Network

Organization

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.

IATAN
300 Garden City Plaza, Suite 342
Garden City
New York
11530-3302
+1 (800) 294-2826 +1 (516) 747-4716
info@iatan.org
Michael Barker barkerm@pnsc.org; (516) 663-6002
1041-T

International Council on Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Education

Organization

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.

CHRIE
2613 North Parham Road
2nd Floor
Richmond
Virginia
23294
+1 (804) 346-4800
info@chrie.org
2066-T

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