Thai Ecotourism and Adventure Travel Association (TEATA) was founded in 1997, with the aim of creating a network of like-minded tour operators and setting a high standard of nature, adventure, and eco-tourism. Since its establishment, TEATA has focused on building rapport, collaborating with professionals, and creating genuine partnerships across both the private and the public sector. These focuses have enabled TEATA to work towards achieving the long-term goal of sustainable tourism in Thailand. For the last two decades, TEATA has proven that it has been, and will continue to be, a unique & effective network that is concerned with benefiting both its members and the community alike.
TEATA is legally registered, run, and directed by a board committee that is elected every two years. In addition to providing a dynamic marketing network to its members, TEATA has gradually expanded its horizons to include tourism related business at many levels. At each of these levels, though, TEATA’s aim remains the same: to share experience-based knowledge and expertise, ensure the sustainability of responsible tourism, and promote meaningful experiences for Thailand’s guests.
To create a dynamic network that promotes sustainable tourism practices in Thailand and ASEAN countries through collaboration and partnership among all sectors both locally and globally.
1. To promote & market the products of TEATA members through a strong network that is comprised of both governmental and non-governmental stakeholders at local, regional and international levels.
2. To support responsible entrepreneurs and raise awareness of their quality products by showcasing our member’s exemplary eco & adventure tourism.
3. To develop and improve the standard of operation (SOP) of eco & adventure tourism in order to enhance the quality of services, the experience of eco tourists, and the conservation benefits of natural and cultural heritages.
4.To develop human resources in sustainable tourism by partnering with all sectors involved in educational activities, trainings, and the diffusion of knowledge and experience.
5.To collaborate and support any efforts (including academic and research projects) that promote sustainable tourism
6. To broaden and strengthen our existing network in order to promote the sustainability of responsible tourism and enhance the partnership of all sectors involved.
Over the last twenty years, TEATA has proven that it is uniquely capable of shaping a brighter future of sustainable tourism in Thailand. It has done so through collaboration and partnership with all sectors, including local communities. As such, we are honored to share just a few of our dynamic partnerships and prestigious awards below.
“Outstanding Performance for Inbound Tour Program", Thailand Tourism Awards by Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT).
“Rafting Standard (Excellent)” by The Ministry of Tourism and Sports of Thailand.
“A Model of Happy Work Place”, Thailand Tourism Awards, TAT.
PATA Gold Award 2011 in “Education and Training Corporate Social Responsibility and Market Access Partnership”.
The Corporate Social Responsibility and Market Access Partnership Project (CSR-MAP), funded by EU.
Koh Klang Sustainable Community Based Tourism Project, funded by Krabi Provincial Office of Tourism and Sport .
LOEI project, funded by Designated Areas for Sustainable Tourism Administration (DASTA).
The uniqueness of TEATA ultimately reflects the distinguished and individualistic qualities of its 60 members. Our network is comprised of tour operators, eco-lodge owners and green hoteliers; most of whom are either pioneers, specialists or ranked in the top tier in the fields in which operate. Their specializations range from biking, bird watching and community-based tourism to vertical adventure, jungle trekking and culinary tours! The outstanding quality and performance of TEATA’s members is well illustrated by some of the following national and international awards: