Information and communication systems that form a global network exert immense influence on the travel and tourism industry, with the distributed multi-media systems, reservation systems and electronic markets serving as results of this impact. The development of tools and technologies, fostering efficient networking of information systems in the tourism industry is recognized as vital to the successful functioning of the information technology and tourism, and is a focus of the International Federation of Tourism - an independent global community for discussion and development of knowledge about use and impact of communication technologies on the travel industry.
As a non-profit organization, all the income is spent on developing its activities.
Over the years the International Federation of Tourism, known also as the International Federation of Information Technology and Tourism, has strived to become an internationally recognized professional body, whose objectives can be defined as following:
- To make contributions to the development and research in the growing field of international travel;
- To provide a forum for discussion and experience exchange among its members;
- To promote free exchange of information concerning international travel among specialists;
- And to maintain the competence and integrity of organizations and individuals involved in practices of information and communication technologies, travel and tourism.
The members of the International Federation of Tourism strive to create an organization, which is member-driven and member-responsive and can provide the best cooperation, interaction and information exchange possible. As a member of the organization you can enjoy the benefits of its services and numerous advantages.
First and foremost, it is the Global Forum for Travel and Tourism Technology and Business, considered to be a must for all travel and tourism professionals. Held annually in such popular destinations as Edinburgh, Innsbruck, Barcelona, Istanbul, Helsinki and Montreal, the conference is the leading global event in travel and tourism industry, supported by the European Commission, the WTO and WTTC.
Available to the members of the International Federation of Tourism are special Internet groups and workshops, providing opportunities to share experiences with professionals alike for particular specialized areas. The joint project of the International Federation of Tourism and WTO for example is aimed at establishing the evaluation for tourist websites. Such research groups allow the organization's members to influence changes in the marketplace.
Established to pursue their own activities with the aim of raising awareness of Travel and Tourism within their region, Regional Chapters organize a constantly growing number of events, dedicated to this particular purpose.
Currently the list of benefits available to the organization's members is being extended on the ongoing basis, while the website allows extension of the variety of services available online.