Joining some of the most distinguished travel companies as inaugural members of Tourism Cares, HGA will help to protect destinations in need, including those in the US, Peru, Mexico, Egypt and Myanmar. Working with Tourism Cares, HGA will help bring travel professionals from across the US together to restore tourism sites via volunteer events, provide skilled labor to destinations when disasters strike, share industry best practices in giving back, and support emerging and recovering travel destinations and communities.
Established more than a decade ago as the official philanthropic arm of the National Tour Association and the United States Tour Operator Association, the non-profit Tourism Cares launched an invitation-only membership program this year. Other inaugural members of Tourism Cares include Delta Airlines, Travel Weekly, InterContinental Hotel Group, and Tauck Tours.
HGA and Tourism Cares will also work together to deliver scholarships and mentoring to young travel professionals, help local social enterprises supporting tourism, and provide advocacy and education across the travel industry. Tourism Cares, with HGA as a member, will work as stewards of the travel industry and travel experience and will support travel destinations as engines for prosperity, civil society, and pride in their communities.
"We are proud to welcome Hosts Global Alliance as an inaugural member," comments Mike Enberg, CTC, Director of Corporate Partnerships for Tourism Cares, "HGA has delivered solutions to clients for more than half a century. We are excited to work with HGA in preserving and enriching the travel experience for future generations." Marty MacKay, DMCP, President of Hosts Global Alliance adds, "Working with Tourism Cares to better our communities is truly an honor. Their goals and mission embody the true heart and soul of our 'H Factor,' and we are privileged to be an inaugural member of this incredible organization."