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.
Association of Private Tourism Agencies of Uzbekistan (APTA)
APTA was established in 1998 at the suggestion of private tour operators and hotels of the republic with the support of the Government of the Republic of Uzbekistan. APTA is designed to protect the rights of members of the Association, represent the interests of private sector entities in the state and other bodies, in particular, small and medium enterprises in the sphere of tourism of the Republic, as well as actively participate in the creation of modern infrastructure of international tourism in Uzbekistan.
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.