About CATA

Introduction


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.

History

CATA was launched at the ITB Berlin tourism fair (March 2012) by Central Asian associations of Hotels and Tour operators from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. The association was established with the support of the  EU funded project ‘´Strengthening Tourism Business Intermediary Organizations for Sustainable Economic Development in Kyrgyzstan and Central Asia´ (2011-2013). This project under the Central Asia II programme aimed to promote private sector development in the tourism industry in Central Asia. This project provided technical capacity building support to associations of Hotels, Tour Operators and Travel Agencies and Community Based Tourism in the five Central Asian countries.

Objectives


CATA aims to promote a tourism-friendly visa regime, common quality and sustainability standards, and to collectively market the “Silk Road” destinations towards global markets. The initiative is welcomed and supported by ECTAA, the European Union umbrella association of national tour operators and travel agencies associations. CATA is the leading force to develop and promote tourism in the 5 countries of Central Asia. Activities of CATA include:

  1. Easing/Improving/ Abolishing visa procedures and regulations in Central Asia for foreign visitors.
  2. Improving border operations in Central Asia, as well as creation of special check points/counters for tourists.
  3. Improve regional transportation connectivity,
  4. Attracting more investment in the region for businesses in tourism including air-lining, road construction and etc.
  5. Marketing and branding of the region as a tourism destination.
  6. Support cooperation of tour operators in the region (provide for raising awareness/sharing knowledge on tourism, innovation within tourism, use of technologies, stimulate networking and sharing best practices).
  7. Practicing responsible tourism management strategy through embracing planning, management, product development and marketing to bring about positive economic, social, cultural, and environmental impacts.
  8. Alleviating any possible obstacles to opportunities for the growth of tourism in Central Asia.
  9. Supporting initiatives that makes the tourism season longer (reducing seasonality) to have employment off-season.
Mr. Fattokh Faizullaev, CATA-chairman:
the association will strongly contribute to regional co-operation and promoting the region as a common destination. Associations will be able to learn from each other in terms of creating effective membership associations. We also aim to work closely together with national governments to promote policies that favor tourism development”.

Structure

CATA_structure

Membership

Following is an overview of CATA’s membership categories and criteria.

Full membership criteria:

  1. be established in a Central Asian country
  2. be legally constituted  according  to the  law of the State of origin;
  3. be considered as  sufficiently  representative  of the trade in its own country (sufficient representativeness of the organization to be determined by the General Assembly);
  4. be open to  intermediary  agencies  and/or  tour operators;
  5. pay a contribution,  the  amount  of  which  is determined by the General Assembly.
  6. pay the entrance  fee  determined  by  the  General Assembly.

Affiliated membership criteria:

  1. be established in a Central Asian country:
  2. be legally constituted according to the law of the State of origin;
  3. be considered as sufficiently representative of the trade in its own country (sufficient representativeness of the organization to be determined by the General Assembly);
  4. be open to intermediary agencies and/or tour operators;
  5. Affiliated Members have  no  voting  rights  and  must pay  a  contribution,  the  amount of  which  is determined by the General Assembly.
  6. The rights and obligations of the Affiliated Members are defined in the Rules of Procedure.

Allied membership criteria:

  1. Any service provider involved in the tourism sector, who does not  act  as  an  intermediary  agency  and/or tour  operator  but  who has  a  specific  interest  in  the objectives  of  the  association  may,  following  a decision of the General Assembly, become an Allied Member, without any voting right.
  2. The delegations of an Allied Member may not be composed of more than two people.
  3. A contribution to the expenses, the amount of which is determined by the General Assembly, may be requested from Allied Members.
  4. They have no rights to the association’s funds.
  5. The rights and obligations of Allied Members are defined in the Rules of Procedures.

Contact

CATA Chairman, Mr. Fattokh Faizullaev

Email: tatotj@mail.ru