Association of Buddhist Tour Operators (ABTO) is a forum of the Buddhist Pilgrimage Travel industry. Established in 2015 in Nalanda – the land of Dhamma, it has close connections and constant interaction with other Buddhist associations in the world, and is increasing its international networking with professional bodies for better facilitation to national or international Buddhist Pilgrims and travelers visiting Buddhist heritage sites in the region.
Members meet regularly to discuss ideas or concerns they may have and work out ways to capitalize on positive developments and head off negative developments in the industry as it affects them, thus formulating strategies to help the industry continue its positive growth. They also work together to promote a code of ethics and high professional standards in the provision of tourist services. By working with other associations in the region through visits, travel fairs and familiarization trips ABTO also promotes the Tourism with Buddhism overseas.
- The ABTO, as the single voice of ASIAN Tourism Agents and respective Tourism Industry Associations, is a critical catalyst in building globally competitive Buddhism with Tourism businesses and in strengthening local tourism and affiliated tourism associations of Asia.
- It achieves its vision and mission through focused advocacy for tourism growth, strategic tourism services, and national / international networking resulting in sustainable economic growth for the long-term benefit of our Tourism and People.