Affiliations & partners

Throughout the years, EcoTraining has established strategic partnerships with a diverse array of industry leaders, fostering collaboration to promote our mission and provide our students with exceptional merchandise.

We have partnered with

The African Travel & Tourism Association

The African Travel & Tourism Association (Atta) is a member-driven trade association that promotes tourism to Africa from all corners of the world. Recognised as the Voice of African Tourism, Atta serves and supports businesses in Africa representing buyers and suppliers of tourism product across 22 African countries.

Atta represents African tourism interests at the highest levels, in a continuing dialogue with many tourism ministries, tourist authorities and associations across the African continent.

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Wyse Travel Confederation

Wyse is the only global not-for-profit membership organisation representing the youth travel industry.

They are dedicated to promoting and developing opportunities for the youth, student and educational travel industry; their worldwide community of member organisations provides international travel experiences to more than 100 million youth a year. They provide specialist industry support to these organisations through their membership options.

The Adventure Travel Trade Association

Established in 1990, the Adventure Travel Trade Association is the largest global network of adventure travel leaders. Their community comprises ~30,000 individual guides, tour operators, lodges, travel advisors, tourism boards, destination marketing and management organizations, outdoor educators, gear companies and travel media who share a belief and commitment to sustainable tourism.

The connections and creativity of this vibrant community come together both virtually and in person to create and deliver the solutions that propel their businesses and their communities toward a responsible and profitable future.


Established in 1969, the Southern Africa Tourism Services Association (SATSA) is a non-profit, member-driven association representing the region’s tourism private sector.

At SATSA, they strive to maintain their three key qualities in all the work they do: credibility, value and authority. SATSA further provides support to members who require key services and benefits on a local and regional level, and at international trade shows. The organisation also lobbies issues associated and affecting the inbound tourism industry.

To become a SATSA member, a business must prove annually that they adhere to the highest standards of professionalism and service.

Emerging Destinations

Given their combined 55 years in travel sales and business development, they have closed millions of dollars in new business for their clients.

It’s all about blending insider industry knowledge, the latest consumer market trends, face-to-face sales calls, trade show networking, and making sure everything always gets followed up efficiently when the meetings, shows and fam trips are over. They make things happen.


Sapmok is an all adventure brand with a unique product offering of hand-crafted shoes and products tailored to give an authentic feel and real life experience.


Ruggedwear is a proudly South African manufacturer of uniform solutions and outdoor clothing of the highest quality. Their clothing is worn in the toughest environments and yet still looks good and provides comfort to the wearer. Ruggedwear has a premier, but still affordable clothing range that will compliment your style, comfort, and durability.

Ruggedwear offers EcoTraining students (past and current), a 10% discount on any apparel ordered from their online store. Email [email protected] to find out how to qualify for your 10% discount.

BirdLife South Africa

BirdLife South Africa aims to promote South Africa as a top-class bird-watching destination. Their Birding Routes provide birders information on where to go birding, who to go birding with and where to stay in South Africa.

Global trends in ecotourism have indicated a willingness from ecotourists to support establishments that operate in line with principles of responsible tourism. BirdLife South Africa has undertaken to ensure that all the accommodation establishments that it supports, operate in an environmentally and socially sustainable manner.

By displaying the BirdLife South Africa branding, establishments are easily recognised by birders. Their commitment demonstrates that they are promoting their birder-friendly establishment as a prime avitourism destination, while doing their bit for bird conservation in South Africa.

Kruger Lowveld Tourism

Kruger Lowveld Tourism operates as the official regional tourism organisation (RTO) for the Ehlanzeni District Municipality, represents the interests of the majority of private-sector tourism and leisure operators in the region, and is responsible for destination marketing, visitor services and member services.

Kruger Lowveld Tourism also plays an important advocacy role in wider tourism-related issues in the region.

The Association for Promotion of Tourism to Africa

APTA is a non-profit, volunteer, B-2-B association of travel professionals on a mission to promote Africa and her islands as tourist destinations to the retail travel agents and tour operators in the United States.

They strive to create networking and marketing opportunities for all their members, and to be the primary point of contact for buyers and sellers in the African travel and hospitality industry.

United States Tour Operators Association

United States Tour Operators Association (USTOA) is a professional, voluntary trade association created with the primary purpose of promoting integrity within the tour operator industry.

USTOA Active members represent some of the top names in travel and tourism, and account for a sizeable portion of the tour operator market in North America.