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Use the links below to learn more about the different parts of the tourism industry, find research and news updates, and get to know the many professional associations that offer useful resources.

Tourism Entities

Brand USA - www.thebrandusa.com and www.discoveramerica.com
Brand USA focuses on increasing awareness and enhancing the image of the U.S. among worldwide travelers to increase inbound travel.
U.S. Travel Association - www.ustravel.org
The U.S. Travel Association is a national umbrella organization that represents all segments of travel in the U.S. with a mission to increase travel to and within the U.S. by connecting its members, advocating smart policies and conducting ongoing research.
UNWTO (World Tourism Organization) - www.unwto.org
The UNWTO is the United Nations agency responsible for the promotion of responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism.

Industry Associations

AH&LA (American Hotel & Lodging Association) - www.ahla.com
The only U.S. association representing every segment of the lodging industry, providing support through advocacy, research and education
ASAE (American Society of Association Executives) - www.asaecenter.org
The premier source of learning, knowledge and research for leaders of trade associations, individual membership societies and voluntary organizations.  
CIC (Convention Industry Council) - www.conventionindustry.org
Supports the meetings, conventions and exhibitions industry through the Accepted Practices Exchange (APEX) initiative and the Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) certification program. 
DMAI (Destination Marketing Association International)- www.destinationmarketing.org
The world's largest resource and advocate for official Destination Marketing Organizations (DMOs), including CVBs, Chambers and tourism boards, from nearly 600 destinations in approximately 15 countries.
GBTA (Global Business Travel Association) - www.gbta.org
An international association supporting business and government travel and meetings managers, as well as travel service providers.
HSMAI (Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International) - www.hsmai.org
A global organization of sales, marketing, and revenue management professionals representing all segments of the hospitality industry.
ISES (International Special Events Society) - www.ises.com
The principal association globally representing creative event professionals.
MPI (Meeting Professionals International) - www.mpiweb.org
A global association community for meeting and event professionals providing education and business opportunities.
NRA (National Restaurant Association) - www.restaurant.org
The largest foodservice trade association in the world supports restaurant businesses through advocacy, research and education.  
NTA (National Tour Association) - www.ntaonline.com
The association representing inbound and outbound tour operators, destinations and tour suppliers in the North America travel market.
PCMA (Professional Convention Management Association) - www.pcma.org
A leading organization for education, professional resources and advocacy for the meeting, convention and exhibition industry.
Site (Society of Incentive Travel Executives) - www.siteglobal.com
The global organization of travel and event professionals focused on motivational experiences that deliver business results through incentive travel. 
U.S. Chamber of Commerce - www.uschamber.com
The world's largest business organization, representing the interests of U.S. businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions from local chambers to national trade associations.