Industry groups & bodies

This section contains links to find out more about a range of tourism industry groups & bodies.

  • British Guild of Tourist Guides
    The Guild is the national membership organisation for Blue badge guides across the UK.
  • British Institute of Innkeeping 
    Professional body for the licensed retail trade.
  • The Camping and Caravanning Club (CCC) 
    The world's oldest and largest Club for all forms of camping, and with over 400,000 members.
  • The Caravan Club 
    Provide services and activities for 1 million caravan, motor caravan and trailer tent owners.
  • Heritage Railway Association  
    The Heritage Railway Association represents the majority of heritage and tourist railways, tramways and railway preservation groups within both the UK and Ireland.
  • Historic Houses Association 
    The HHA represents 1,500 privately owned historic houses, castles and gardens, helping private owners to maintain them.
  • HOSPA 
    HOSPA is a not for profit educationally focused Association helping hospitality’s finance, revenue management and IT professionals develop their careers and network, as well as keep up-to-date with industry trends and developments.
  • Hotel and Catering International Management Association (HCIMA) 
    Professional body for managers and aspiring managers working in the hospitality, leisure and tourism industries.
  • The Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity 
    CIMSPA is the professional development body for the UK’s sport and physical activity sector. It provides leadership, support and empowerment for professionals working in sport and physical activity.
  • Institute of Tourist Guiding 
    The standard-setting body for Blue Badge tourist guide and the tourist guiding sector.
  • Institute of Travel and Tourism
    Professional membership body for individuals employed in the travel and tourism industry, dedicated to developing and maintaining professional standards for the benefit of its members and the industry.
  • Local Government Association 
    The voice of local government within the national arena.
  • National Casino Industry Forum  
    Trade association that represents over 90% of the UK’s casino sector.
  • Tourism Alliance 
    Lobbying body seeking to establish and maintain a favourable operating environment for all businesses involved in the delivery of tourism, particularly in England with membership comprising trade association and trade bodies within the sector.
  • Tourism Management Institute 
    Professional institute for people working within destinations.
  • Tourism Society 
    Forum for professionals working in all sectors of the tourism industry.
  • UKHospitality (formerly BHA) 
    Represents the interests of the hospitality industry, identifying key issues and lobbying to influence policy making.
  • UKInbound 
    The trade association that represents the UK’s export tourism businesses.