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Central Asian Tourism Association

The Central Asian Tourism Association, CATA, is the regional umbrella association of national tourism associations from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.  CATA unites the full travel sector and includes the following associations of tour operators travel agents, hotels and community based tourism providers:



  • Association of Private Tourism Agencies of Uzbekistan (APTA)
  • Hospitality Uzbekistan



  • Kazakhstan Tourist Association (KTA)
  • Ecotourism Information Resource Centre (EIRC)
  • Hospitality  Kazakhstan (Community Based Tourism)



  • Kyrgyz Association of Tour Operators (KATO)
  • Kyrgyz Community Based Tourism Association (KCBTA)



  • Hospitality Tajikistan, Tajik Association of Tourism Organisations (TATO)
  • Tajik Community Based Tourism Association(TCBTA)


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 2018).The initiative is welcomed and supported by ECTAA, the European Union umbrella association of national tour operators and travel agencies associations and Eurogites, the European federation for farm and village tourism.


Hospitality Kyrgystan

Kyrgyz Community Based Tourism Association (KCBTA)


KCBTA – “Hospitality Kyrgyzstan” is the country’s driving force behind community based tourism best practices and innovation. The association’s objective is to improve living conditions in remote mountain regions by developing a sustainable and wholesome ecotourism model that utilizes local natural and recreational resources. Located in the capital Bishkek, KCBTA is an umbrella association uniting 14 diverse destination communities (“CBT groups”). KCBTA was registered on January 3, 2003 with support from Helvetas Kyrgyzstan Programme’s Community Based Tourism Support Project (CBT SP) with operations throughout the country. KCBTA balances marketing strategy for local and international segments while fostering communication on new projects, activities and opportunities to its rural chapters. KCBTA encourages rational and responsible natural resource use through training on environmental protection, ecology, cooperation and heritage sites to local members of rural communities. KCBTA provides support to member organizations by marketing their services and products, providing business training, supporting organizational capacity building and organizing training, seminars and study tours. The association represents member interests in national policy development and negotiations within the mainstream tourism industry.




Kyrgyz Association of Tour Operators (KATO) 

KATO is one of the largest and leading associations of representatives of the tourism industry in Kyrgyzstan, officially registered with the Ministry of Justice of the Kyrgyz Republic in 1999. KATO is a non-profit organization that protects the corporate interests of its members and the rights of the clients they serve. The mission of KATO is to create a tourism-friendly environment that is based on universally used principles and standards, which in turn will contribute to further economic growth and prosperity in the regions. KATO is engaged in the implementation of specific projects on marketing, education and information. The Association conducts daily news distribution, organizing various meetings, round tables, social events, etc. KATOs’ basic goals are as follows:

• to turn tourism into the leading branch of the economy of the Kyrgyz Republic;

• to achieve support for the further development of tourism at the highest level, in accordance with its huge importance for the economy of the republic create a favorable climate for tourists by creating jobs, encouraging the development of national cultures and environmental education;

• simplify the visa system and other formalities.




Tajik Community Based Tourism (TCBTA)

TCBTA - is a non-profit organization whose activities are aimed at developing community based tourism (CBT) in Tajikistan and in the Central Asia region. It was officially registered according to the Tajik law on June 6th, 2014. The purpose of the organization is to contribute to the institutional development of NGOs and associations of Tajikistan, which are aimed at creating a modern, favorable business environment in the field of community based tourism by :• Improving the framework conditions for doing business in the field of community based tourism;• Improving the legal and regulatory framework in the field of Business and community based tourism;• Preparation of competent management and staff in the field of community based tourism;• Establishing effective public-private dialogue;• Change the perception of the state bodies in RT medium entrepreneurs;• Cooperation and mutual consultations with Tajik public authorities and entrepreneurs.



Tajik Association of Tourism Organisations (TATO)


TATO, established in 2007, is the national tourism business-association that provides its members with an opportunity of joint work, development of tourism business, creation of new jobs, and propagation of development of the tourism sector in the country. 

TATO is a not for profit, non political organization with a two-fold purpose: 

  1. to develop the tour operator and travel agencies sector in the Republic of Tajikistan to the highest standards in service, ethics, professionalism and sustainability and;
  2. to provide a forum and voice to their members in dealing with government, ministries and all other organizations that have interests that relate to those of the association members.


Following are the objectives of TATO:

  • TO make representation on behalf of its Members to the government and any other relevant organization;
  • To promote a wider understanding of the benefits of a sustainable travel and tourism sector and its potential as a substantial economic and social contributor to the growth and development of the Republic of Tajikistan;
  • To develop and represent policies which no single company, association or region could be expected to advance on its own and provide advocacy support on key issues;
  • To encourage an enabling environment and conditions, based on competitive and free market principles, that will allow tour operator businesses in the Republic of Tajikistan to be profitable and economically sustainable;
  • To promote and facilitate the development and delivery of quality experiences for visitors to the Republic of Tajikistan;
  • To uphold the business standards and ethics of members;
  • To promote environmentally, culturally and socially responsible tourism business practices;
  • To encourage and build good cooperation between the embers of the Association through providing networking activities which will promote understanding and goodwill among all stakeholders.

APTA Uzbekistan

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.


Hospitality Uzbekistan

UCBTA - is a non-profit initiative whose activities are aimed at developing community based tourism (CBT) in Uzbekistan. It was founded in the 2019 as a sub section of APTA the Association of Private Tourism Agencies in Uzbekistan in the frame of an EU funded project. Hospitality Uzbekistan unites a growing network more than 250 community guesthouses in 14 Uzbek regions. It supports its members with training, quality standards, marketing and supporting a favorable policy environment for the development of rural and community based tourism in Uzbekistan.




Ecotourism Information Resource Centre (EIRC)

EIRC is a KTA-initiative that started in 2005 with the support of The Eurasia Foundation. EIRC is a one-stop service for eco- and community based tourism in Kazakhstan. 

Main activities of EIRC are:

• (inter)national popularization of eco – and community based tourism;

• provision of information to tourists and visitors of the center;

• booking of tours and advertising support to project regions.



Kazakhstan Tourist Association (KTA)


KTA was founded in May 1999 with the support of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan. The association has been established with the aim to protect the interests of its 270+ members. KTA members include the Kazakhstan Association of Hotels and Restaurants (KAGIR); tourism-, insurance- and airline companies as well as universities and media representatives.

Following are the objectives of the KTA:

  • association on a voluntary basis enterprises and organizations, entrepreneurs, operating in the hospitality and tourism sector, interested in improving the level of professionalism and quality of services;
  • coordinating the activities of the Association;
  • It protects the rights and legitimate interests of the Association members;
  • representation of the interests of the Association members in government and non-governmental institutions and organizations;
  • promotion of tourist product on the world stage;
  • promotion of ecotourism as the main tourism products in Kazakhstan;
  • forming a positive image of the national tourist industry and separate regions in foreign countries;
  • Preparation and publication of information, analytical and expert materials on tourism issues;
  • creating clubs of tourists with theme nights and a variety of bonus programs;
  • expansion and updating of information services for tourists through the Information Center of the KTA;
  • organization of participation in international tourism exhibitions, including by creating a single regional information boards that perform the functions of advertising and information offices for presentations of tourist regions, through the participation of the authorities and all interested companies and organizations;
  • creation of a modern system of retraining and advanced training of tourist and hotel business promotion services CTA Training Center;
  • facilitating the creation of conditions for effective functioning of the enterprises of hotel and tourism infrastructure in the territory of the Republic of Kazakhstan;
  • participate in the development of tourism development programs and small business;
  • rewarding the best industry experts.


Hospitality Kazakhstan

Hospitality Kazakhstan - is a non-profit initiative whose activities are aimed at developing community based tourism (CBT) in Kazakhstan. It was founded in the 2019 as a sub section of KTA, the Kazakh Tourism Association in the frame of an EU funded project. Hospitality Kazakhstan unites a growing network more than 200 community guesthouses in 14 Uzbek regions. It supports its members with training, quality standards, marketing and supporting a favorable policy environment for the development of rural and community based tourism in Kazakhstan.



ECEAT, the European Centre for Eco and Agro Tourism promotes sustainable development by integrating tourism with biodiversity, environmental protection, local development. sustainable land use and the preservation of culture heritage.  ECEAT unites more than 10 European associations and was founded in 1993. ECEAT follows a business oriented approach through the development of and implementation of standards, management systems, training tools and by providing marketing support.


European Union


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.