AITO: The Association of Independent Tour Operators

AITO Membership: Start Ups

AITO Start Ups

Starting a tour operation may feel daunting as there are several processes to negotiate - terms, insurances, regulations, etc. but you do not have to face it alone. Congratulations! You have taken the essential first step in becoming part of a group of like minded operators who share not only ideas and concerns and often work out joint solutions, but also work to the highest standards in tour operating that have led to the AITO badge being identified as the quality kitemark.

What are the requirements?

  • Full consumer financial protection is preferred but not necessary initially
  • Companies will need to be owner managed with 51% of the shares belonging to directors, their families or employees
  • Companies must be registered in the UK and file their accounts in the UK
  • Submit a Business Plan upon application
  • What the scheme offers:

  • General information from AITO HQ on consumer financial protection, the Package Travel Regulations, insurers, and sustainable tourism
  • Participation on training courses arranged by AITO
  • Attendance at AITO general meetings and one AITO Overseas Conference
  • A copy of the AITO Affiliates Handbook and the opportunity to meet Affiliates
  • Opportunity to join the AITO Legal Hotline Scheme
  • Access to the AITO Members intranet
  • Receipt of AITO news bulletins


Who can apply?

New and fledgling tour operators, which do not currently meet the AITO membership criteria of 2 years trading and minimum tour operator turnover of £250,000 per annum.

With the accumulated knowledge of our members, backed by the services of our Affiliates, there will be no better way of being mentored in UK tour operating other than being an AITO Start Up.

Send in your application with the fee and business plan to and quote 'AITO Start Up' in the subject line.

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