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Benefits Of Membership



1. Representation in Government Policy-Making Bodies
In recognition of its leadership in the discussion and promotion of private sector concerns and interests, the national government has accorded the ABTO the recognition of being the representative and voice of Buddhist  Tourism in Asia. It is given a hand in the process of government policy formulation. It reviews tourism policies, and with the interest of the tourism community in mind, ABTO works out policy alternatives and conveys them to concerned government  and private agencies. The ABTO represents the Buddhist tourism sectors in a number of government bodies tasked with policy formulation and implementation.

2. Opportunity to Participate In ABTO Standing Committees
Membership in Committees is a privilege granted only to ABTO members. Involvement in ABTO committees keeps one abreast of the issues and concerns besetting one's industry or sector. Here, one gets the chance to directly influence the decision-making processes within the organization, which shapes ABTO's positions actions on local and international Buddhist tourism issues.

3. Access to Tourism Business Opportunities
The ABTO regularly receives trade, tourism and research inquiries from all over the world. Most of these inquiries come from companies which either are looking for suppliers and buyers or tourism business tie-ups. ABTO members may also avail of this service when looking for buyers and suppliers, both local and foreign.

ABTO provided the following venues to access tourism business opportunities:
  • Membership Database: The ABTO Membership Database is the heart of  ABTO's business-matching engine and envisioned to be the confluence of tourism contacts in the Buddhist Countries or Asian  Countries.
  • Business Networking: The Business Networking Program creates physical and virtual venues for prospective business parties to meet and do business. The physical venue allows members to do personal networking and to have personal interaction with other businessmen.

4. Access to Tourism and Other Buddhist  Associations
The Association also has a wide network of trade and other tourism industry and Buddhist associations which serve as sounding boards on issues and concerns of the respective industries / Buddhist sectors.

5. Opportunity to Meet and Do Business with Foreign specially Asian Tourism Partners 
The ABTO is regularly visited by foreign tourism boards and trade missions. Depending on the area of interest of these visiting officials or businessmen, ABTO invites members for meetings to explore possible tie-ups. ABTO continually seeks out potential local and foreign tourism business specially Buddhist Sectors of  South East Asian Countries and partners through:
  • Tourism Missions. ABTO regularly sends and receives trade missions and delegations to or from different countries and international institutions. These missions are aimed at exploring possible tie-ups. These visits and bilateral exchanges are fertile sources of contracts from which significant joint ventures grow.
  • Business Councils. Business Councils are organized to promote tourism trade and business relations among and between ABTO members and members of tourism trade organizations abroad. These councils have the following objectives:
    • establishment of closer relations and collaboration through information exchange;
    • the organization of seminars, trade missions and exhibitions;
    • And the formation of joint business councils.

6. Access to National and International Trainings
Through the ABTO's extensive links with various local and international government and private institutions, members are provided with first-hand opportunities to attend training programs here and abroad.

7. Information Services
The ABTO offers a wide range of information services through various publications such as:
  • ABTO Hand Book: ABTO Hand Book kept the members updated on new tourism policies, foreign and local business opportunities, international trade fairs and events, government regulations, latest statistic and economic indicators and other such enterprise-relevant information.
  • ABTO Directory: ABTO publishes the Asian Countries Travel Agents Directory annually which contains profiles of member companies, local organizations and other trade associations. This publication is circulated among ABTO Members and distributed among government agencies, Foreign Embassies in the Cambodia, Foreign Chambers of Commerce, Business Organizations, as well as to Cambodian Embassies abroad and other relevant institutions.
  • ABTO Website: The ABTO website provides members unlimited 24 x 7 online access to information.
  • ABTO information through regular emails to all the members: The ABTO also provides a wide range of reference materials on tourism market and product profiles, foreign business reports, trade directories, country profiles and other tourism reports and opportunities available to members at ABTO Library & Information Center.