Trade associations and Regulatory bodies
Trade Associations are set up to represent the interests of companies operating in a certain industry sector and to make sure that the voice of their sector is heard. An example of a trade association is the Association of Independent Tour Operators, they specialise in offering a different collection of financially protected, quality holidays to anywhere in the world. Another example is the Association of British Travel Agents.
Regulatory bodies set rules and guidelines for all members of trade associations and all parts of the industry. They are there to make sure travel and tourism operators serve the travelling public safety fairly. Regulatory Bodies are found at different levels:
- Global- ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organisation) regulate international air transport services
- National- the UK government is responsible for legislation concerning, for example, health and safety at tourist attractions and airport security
- Local - local authorities carry out a great deal of work on matters such as restaurants and other food premises, trading standards
- European - the European Commission introduces consumer protection measures for travellers, such as the Package Travel Holidays.