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Who's Who in Cultural Tourism

As we mentioned, there's a vast network of organizations dedicated to tourism and cultural tourism. And most of them are ready to help you move your program forward. This brief overview gives a listing of some of the local, national and international organizations you'll hear about as you move more deeply into this world.

American Association for State & Local History (AASLH): Non-profit organization provides leadership, service and support for its members who preserve and interpret state and local history in order to make the past more meaningful in American Society.

American Association of Museums (AAM): National organization representing the museum community, including cultural, historic and natural museums, and addressing their needs, and enhancing the ability of museums to serve the public interest.

American Bus Association (ABA): Trade association representing charter and inter-city bus companies.

American Hotel and Lodging Association (AHLA): Trade association for accommodations.

American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA): Trade association of retail travel agents.

Association of Retail Travel Agents (ARTA): Trade association of American travel retailers.

International Association of Convention & Visitors Bureaus (IACVB): Worldwide association of convention and visitors bureaus, based in Washington, DC.

Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism (MOTT): The state agency dedicated to promoting Massachusetts as a destination set in the midst of rich historical and cultural tradition.

Museum Store Association: international organization representing museum store professionals worldwide from more than 1,900 institutions.

National Park Service (NPS): A division of the US Department of Interior, the National Park Service administers the joint federal-state-local historic preservation program established by Congress in the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966. It also oversees the National Register of Historic Places and assists the group of federally designated national heritage areas.

National Register of Historic Places: The nation's official roster of properties that should be preserved because of their significance in American history, architecture, archaeology, engineering or culture. The National Register recognizes important historic buildings, sites, structures, objects and districts. It includes properties of local, state or national importance.

National Tour Association (NTA): A trade association of motorcoach tour operators and group travel buyers.

National Trust for Historic Preservation (NTHP): National non-profit organization chartered by Congress to protect and preserve the nation's historic resources and cultural heritage. The National Trust operates historic properties and provides advice and assistance to communities in preserving historic properties. It also manages the nation's first cultural heritage tourism program and the National Main Street Center.

Scenic Byways Program: Under the National Scenic Byways Program, The US Secretary of Transportation recognizes those roads that are outstanding examples of scenic, historic, recreational, cultural, archeological and/or natural qualities by designating them as either National Scenic Byways or All-American Roads. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) markets these routes to the public.

Society of American Travel Writers (SATW): An association of journalists whose primary occupation is writing about or photographing travel.

Tourism Industries, US Department of Commerce: The federal agency responsible for tracking and analyzing international visitation to the United States.

U.S. Travel Association : The non-profit umbrella trade organization of companies and government agencies representing all segments of the travel industry formed to promote travel to and within the US.

Travel & Tourism Research Association (TTRA): A professional society of market research specializing in the travel industry.

World Tourism Organization: The international body representing the travel and tourism industry.

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