Advantages of Membership
The IATM Americas website is www.TourManager.org. This new site has a forum called CONNECTOUR. This is a great source for job postings as well as advice from some of the best Tour Managers in the industry. You can create a detailed profile, post articles, post photos, post videos, send private messages, and messages to all registered members through our forum. This is a great place to get the latest inside opinions of the Tour Operators that we all want to work for (and some we want to avoid). We see CONNECTOURit as a significant membership benefit and one more good reason for joining IATM.
As an IATM member, you would receive four of our local 8-page newsletters every year, with content geared to the interests and concerns of our US and Canadian members - and four international newsletters with matters of worldwide interest. Because of the distances involved, our North American region doesn't often have face-to-face meetings, but we encourage informal meetings through the CONNECTOUR. IATM holds a world convention every second year, open to all categories of members and their guests. The last conference was in Istanbul Turkey Feb 2010. This amazing conference and Tour coincided with Istanbul being the European City of Culture for 2010 and the unveiling of the Green Guide Alliance.
Education and Study
The Certificate of Tour Management (CTM) is an officially recognized certificate of competence that guarantees the holder's professional knowledge and ability to potential employers. IATM helped devise the CTM in partnership with NHTV Breda University of Professional Education, a university-level institution in the Netherlands. At NHTV, the CTM is awarded for a 2-year course, but active IATM members can purchase the syllabus and take the exam using their own career experience instead of classwork.
CTM exams are held twice a year in Europe. The first exams outside Europe will take place soon in Australia and Hong Kong - in the Fall of 2002, we hope to hold the exams in North America for the first time. It's a matter of pride that members of IATM's North American region have more CTM certificates per capita than any other region.
Annual Study Tours are another benefit IATM offers to its active and student members. These are designed to teach a professional TM everything needed to lead a tour to that location. In November 2001, we toured Greece, and in January 2002 the Southwest Indianlands of the US. These tours are another popular and valuable feature of membership.
IATM lobbies governments and official bodies on matters affecting the status and livelihood of Tour Managers, and uses PR in consumer and trade media to publicize our views. For your information, we attach three official Position Papers and Press releases which are the starting point for lobbying and action.