UFTAA and TPConnect
The Digital Empowerment Partnership
UFTAA is associated with TPConnects, a Dubai based Technology Company whose robust and scalable NDC standard full backend and internet booking engine with payment gateway will power UFTAA’s Digital Empowerment Initiative. TPConnects will provide all technical support and will offer integration. TPConnects will be creating a National TEAM that will assist member agencies, who are approved by UFTAA and admitted into the UFTAA CONNECT initiative, to GO ONLINE. The integration by TPConnects will be done based on the arrangement they have entered into with UFTAA.
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About UFTAA CONNECT
UFTAA CONNECT is a digital initiative to empower Travel Agencies with their own Website, Corporate Booking Tool, Mobile Application and an agent platform integrated with a payment gateway connected to the agencies bank account. UFTAA has partnered with TPConnects, a Dubai based Technology Company whose robust and scalable NDC standard will power UFTAA’s Digital Empowerment initiative. TPConnects will provide all the technical support for UFTAA CONNECT.
In the 1960s at the dawn of mass tourism, a few tourism professionals with great foresight saw the need of a global umbrella organisation for the travel agency industry. By merger of Fédération internationale des agences de voyages (FIAV) and United Organization of Travel Agents’ Associations (UOTAA), the United Federation of Travel Agents ‘Associations (UFTAA) was formed on November 22nd 1966 in Rome. Its first President was an Italian, Giuliano Magnoni, later followed by 24 leading personalities from all parts of the world. The federation was later renamed United Federation of Travel Agents´ Associations, still known under the same well-established acronym UFTAA.
As a globally recognized body UFTAA is the longest established negotiating partner with the leading travel and tourism organisations in the world. Of a special importance is the close co-operation with IATA, representing the interest of individual travel agents and as a partner in the IATA-UFTAA Training Programme. Two other organisations with close relationship are the International Hotel and Restaurant Association (IH&RA) and the International Road Union (IRU). Also in areas which are more distanced from the daily worries of travel agents has UFTAA actively been and still is a spokes-person for the agent´s interest. Particularly worth mentioning are the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) through its Affiliate Member Programme and at various occasions the World Health Organisation (WHO), UNESCO, International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), International Forum of Travel and Tourism Advocates (IFTTA) and many more. The high-level contacts have enable UFTAA to assist national associations in their contacts with authorities and also to help individual agencies.
- Airline Ticketing
- Outbound Tourism
- Inbound Tourism
- Domestic Tourism
- Sports Tourism
- Destination Promotion & Specialization
Through its history UFTAA has been a faithful, active and neutral advocate for all associations and independent travel agencies, irrespective of size and location. In the competitive environment of today a neutral umbrella organisation like UFTAA is needed more than ever before to defend and promote the interests of travel agencies in their professional work on behalf and for the travelling consumers.
UFTAA celebrated 50 years of successful contribution to the Travel & Tourism Industry at a largely attended Golden Jubilee Congress in 2016. UFTAA offers to its membership the valuable opportunity to be involved with UFTAA’s networking global platform in order to support good health of travel and tourism industry. UFTAA is represented globally and encourages associations; organizations; institutions and individual member agencies in Travel, Tourism and Hospitality industry to get connected via UFTAA. UFTAA continues to inspire and encourage industry leaders to stay connected globally, in this fast evolving world.