The Central Asian Tourism Association, CATA, is the regional umbrella association of the national tourism associations from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. CATA is group of national travel agents’ , tour operators’ and community based tourism associations within the Central Asian region uniting the following associations:
- Kazakhstan Tourist Association (KTA)
- Ecotourism Information Resource Centre (EIRC)
- Kyrgyz Association of Tour Operators (KATO)
- Kyrgyz Community Based Tourism (KCBTA)
- Tajik Association of Tourism Organisations (TATO)
- Tajik Community Based Tourism (TCBTA)
- Association of Private Tourism Agencies of Uzbekistan (APTA)
CATA actively cooperates with international institutions and organizations to ensure that their interests and special requirements are taken into consideration. CATA was launched at the ITB Berlin tourism fair (March 2012).The initiative is welcomed and supported by ECTAA, the European Union umbrella association of national tour operators and travel agencies associations.
Tajik Community Based Tourism (TCBTA)
TCBTA - is a non-profit organization whose activities are aimed at developing community based tourism (CBT) in Tajikistan and in the Central Asia region. It was officially registered according to the Tajik law on June 6th, 2014. The purpose of the organization is to contribute to the institutional development of NGOs and associations of Tajikistan, which are aimed at creating a modern, favorable business environment in the field of community based tourism by :• Improving the framework conditions for doing business in the field of community based tourism;• Improving the legal and regulatory framework in the field of Business and community based tourism;• Preparation of competent management and staff in the field of community based tourism;• Establishing effective public-private dialogue;• Change the perception of the state bodies in RT medium entrepreneurs;• Cooperation and mutual consultations with Tajik public authorities and entrepreneurs.
Tajik Association of Tourism Organisations (TATO)
TATO, established in 2007, is the national tourism business-association that provides its members with an opportunity of joint work, development of tourism business, creation of new jobs, and propagation of development of the tourism sector in the country.
TATO is a not for profit, non political organization with a two-fold purpose:
- to develop the tour operator and travel agencies sector in the Republic of Tajikistan to the highest standards in service, ethics, professionalism and sustainability and;
- to provide a forum and voice to their members in dealing with government, ministries and all other organizations that have interests that relate to those of the association members.
Following are the objectives of TATO:
- TO make representation on behalf of its Members to the government and any other relevant organization;
- To promote a wider understanding of the benefits of a sustainable travel and tourism sector and its potential as a substantial economic and social contributor to the growth and development of the Republic of Tajikistan;
- To develop and represent policies which no single company, association or region could be expected to advance on its own and provide advocacy support on key issues;
- To encourage an enabling environment and conditions, based on competitive and free market principles, that will allow tour operator businesses in the Republic of Tajikistan to be profitable and economically sustainable;
- To promote and facilitate the development and delivery of quality experiences for visitors to the Republic of Tajikistan;
- To uphold the business standards and ethics of members;
- To promote environmentally, culturally and socially responsible tourism business practices;
- To encourage and build good cooperation between the embers of the Association through providing networking activities which will promote understanding and goodwill among all stakeholders.
An EU supported Central Asia Invest project
Tourism, particularly rural community-tourism, represents an important opportunity for Uzbekistan as well as other Central Asian countries in their efforts to diversify the tourism product portfolio, reduce poverty, preserve local cultures and the environment, generate employment, income, foreign currency, and expand and diversify economies. For the sector to flourish improved cooperation, diversification and upgrading of products and services complying with international quality standards is a prerequisite. Within the framework of the current EU funded project ‘Strengthening rural and community tourism Business Intermediary Organisations for Inclusive Economic Development in Central Asia’ (2017-2020, Central Asia Invest IV, support will be provided to local Business Intermediary Organisations (BIOs) and tourism SMEs in the rural areas of Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. This support includes job creation and training for micro enterprises working in the community and ecotourism field. The aim is to improve competitiveness in domestic and foreign markets by increasing the capacity of local tourism service providers, introduction of quality standards and by creating marketing linkages. The project will contribute to strengthened regional economic integration of the Central Asian countries, the awareness of Central Asia as a common tourism destination and the expansion of trade relations with the European Union both B2B and B2C markets.