Tourism Talk

The tourism industry is rife with acronyms which can be confusing at times. The list below is designed as a quick reference to help you understand the more common abbreviations. 

AAA Australian Automobile Association
ABS Australian Bureau of Statistics
AFTA Australian Federation of Travel Agents
AHA(WA) Australian Hotels Association (WA)
ASCOT Australian Standing Committee on Tourism
ATE Australian Tourism Exchange
ATDW Australian Tourism Data Warehouse
ATEC Australian Tourism Export Council
B&B Bed and breakfast
BTR Bureau of Tourism Research (based in Canberra)
CASA Civil Aviation Safety Authority
CATO Council of Australian Tour Operators
CIAWA Caravan Industry Association Western Australia
CRS Central reservation system
DBCA Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions
EAA Ecotourism Association of Australia
FACET Forum Advocating Cultural and Ecotourism
FAMILS Familiarisations
FCHA Farm and Country Holidays Association
FIT Fully independent traveller
FOC Free of charge
GIT Group inclusive tour
GSA General sales agent
IATA International Air Transport Association
ITB International Travel Bourse (held in Berlin)
ITO Inbound tour operator
IVS International visitor survey
MIAA Meetings Industry Association of Australia
MICE Meetings Incentives Conventions & Exhibitions
NVS National visitor survey
PATA Pacific Asia Travel Association
PAX Passengers
PCO Professional conference organiser
RTO Regional Tourism Organisation
TABS Travel Australia business show
TCWA Tourism Council Western Australia
TGA Tour Guides Association
VCWA Visitor Centres WA
VFR Visiting friend and relatives
VJP Visiting Journalists Program
TA Tourism Australia
TRA Tourism Research Australia
TWA Tourism Western Australia
WTO World Tourism Organisation
YHA Youth Hostels Association