ARTA Canada admitted into UFTAA


MANILA, Philippines – The United Federation of Travel Agents’ Associations (UFTAA) announced at its 42nd Congress and General Assembly held this week that it has approved ARTA Canada’s request for membership in the worldwide association.

UFTAA, created in 1966, is an international forum where matters affecting the world travel industry are addressed and which represents travel agents’ activities before various worldwide bodies, governmental authorities, and suppliers of services. UFTAA is the largest travel agency “umbrella” organization, the members of which are the national travel agency associations in over 80 countries.

ARTA Canada president Bruce Bishins was asked to address UFTAA members and provide an update on and insight into the challenges faced by retail travel agencies in the Canadian marketplace. Bishins’ speech to the worldwide delegates of UFTAA was very well received, and in many respects, echoed and confirmed that travel agencies around the globe are facing very similar issues.

“We are delighted to join UFTAA and to leverage our collective experiences in paving a new, collaborative path in defending and enhancing the role of travel retailers around the world. I was very impressed with the global strategies detailed by UFTAA’s delegates and board of directors and feel that ARTA Canada will benefit from and contribute greatly to these important initiatives,” said Bishins.

Travel agencies are reminded that they have until Friday, October 31, 2008 to apply for free membership in ARTA Canada. Complete details and a membership application is available online at

About ARTA Canada

ARTA Canada is the largest, non-profit, federally-incorporated, professional association of travel retailers in Canada, the members of which consist exclusively of travel agencies and travel agents. In addition to advocating fair and equitable treatment of travel consumers, ARTA Canada represents the commercial and strategic interests of its member travel agencies and travel agents in a variety of national and provincial domains including regulatory and legislative matters, automation, technology, sales and marketing, and distribution. ARTA Canada is the strategic partner in Canada of the US-based Association of Retail Travel Agents (ARTA). ARTA Canada is the Canadian member of UFTAA, the United Federation of Travel Agents’ Associations. For more information about ARTA Canada, please visit