IAAT Membership

IAAT Membership Benefits

SAVINGS FOR YOUR BUSINESS

  • Discounts for a range of goods and services for industry relevant suppliers and for general business services.

BUSINESS SUPPORT/ADVICE

Support and assistance on a range of matters, including but not limited to the following;

  • Employment relations
  • Marketing (Domestic & International)
  • Legal matters
  • Cash Flow & Seasonality
  • Finance (Grants, Loans, investors)
  • Health & Safety
  • Brexit
  • Business Expansion
  • Industry standards
  • Free posting of jobs to www.iaat.ie

REPRESENTATION

  • Working closely with Tourism agencies on strategic development
  • Membership and representation at national and international tourism associations
  • Participate on industry working groups and policy groups

PROMOTION

  • Marketing benefits – inclusion on IAAT website and other promotional communications and literature of the Association.
  • Access to IAAT Brand – adding strength to your brand and business, and providing an assurance to your suppliers and customers.
  • Joint promotional opportunities at domestic and international events
  • Participation in the planning and implementation of Fam trips from international buyers.

NETWORKING

  • Become a member of a group of like-minded businesses and individuals.
  • Access to professional forums for sharing knowledge among members and assistance in addressing collective challenges and finding collaborative solutions.
  • Through active participation at meetings, events, and the sharing of information, insights and experience, (and with the collaboration of relevant agencies and service suppliers) members will be enabled to continually improve their visitor experience and offering.

LOBBYING

  • Raising the profile of the sector and providing a strong voice within the tourism industry, with tourism agencies and Government departments.
  • Lobbying on a range of industry specific measures including but not limited to, tourism infrastructure, Access issues, public funding, taxation (eg 9% VAT rate), Employment relations and transport regulations.

TRAINING

  • Access to tourism industry specific training and education initiatives in conjunction with Skillnets and other relevant agencies.

Membership Requirements and Criteria

Companies can join the IAAT as Full Members or Affiliate Members

Full Membership:

Companies for which adventure tourism is the core element of their business:

  • Adventure Centres
  • Adventure Tour Operators
  • Traditional outdoor pursuits (hunting, fishing, shooting etc)
  • Watersports (kayaking, sailing, surfing etc)
  • Equestrian
  • Adventure Events
  • Quad Bike and 4X4
  • Cycling and Bike Rental
  • Nature and Birdwatching
  • Climbing
  • Hiking
  • Nature (birdwatching, whale watching, conservation etc)
  • Arial Sports (ballooning, hand gliding etc)
  • Bushcraft and Survival
  • Adventure Photography
  • Adventure Training

Members must be registered businesses (limited companies or sole traders).
This is not an association for employees of other companies.

Affiliate Membership:

Companies that are connected with adventure tourism companies, often as suppliers to the sector:

  • Outdoor gear providers
  • Hotels with activity resources and focus
  • IT and financial services companies
  • Destination Management Companies
  • Destination Marketing Organisations
  • Online Travel Agents
  • Brands connected with adventure tourism

Criteria for Full Membership

Outlined below are a set of criteria that businesses must meeting to join and maintain their full membership of the IAAT:

  1. Be a minimum of 1 year in business.
  2. Applicants must be approved by the board.
  3. Must be fully insured to provide their services and compliant with Irish legislation in relation to health and safety and workplace relations.
  4. Agree to complete regular IAAT business surveys.
  5. Pay an annual membership fee.
  6. Be free from conviction for professional negligence or other relevant convictions.
  7. To adhere to the IAAT values statement/code of conduct.
  8. Business must be based in Ireland.
  9. Must be a registered business (eg limited company or sole trader).