Tourism Cares, Inc.
The mission of Tourism Cares is to preserve and enrich the travel experience for future generations. We channel the philanthropic passion and commitment of the travel industry to protect and restore valuable destinations we all care about—and to support those destinations as engines for community prosperity, civil society, and pride.
Our domestic programs focus on the industry-wide volunteer "Tourism Cares for America" programs, capacity building for the nonprofit stewards of tourism sites, and scholarships and mentoring to support a talented workforce. Globally, our efforts include volunteer expeditions, corporate social responsibility partnerships, and strategic investments.
Most recently we gathered more than 270 volunteers from across the travel industry to help restore Plimoth Plantation, rebuilding part of the palisade surrounding the English Village and painting the Mayflower II, as well as reintroducing this iconic place to many travel professionals. Overseas we are active in Haiti and Peru, where a sister organization has formed, Turismo Cuida. Our next priority is wide-ranging support for the planned renovation of Miami Marine Stadium; and we will begin work in Egypt and Myanmar in 2014.
Formed in 2003, this year we have successfully transitioned in a new CEO and are prepared for fresh innovation and acceleration both domestically and overseas. Tourism Cares, a 501(c)(3) public charity, has a budget of approximately $1.5 million, most of which is raised annually in donations from companies closely affiliated with travel, tourism and hospitality.
We maintain close relationships and support with the association founders of Tourism Cares such as the US Tour Operators Association (USTOA), National Tour Association (NTA), American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA), and International Air Transport Association (IATA). We are governed by an 18 member Board of Directors who are very active in their time and participation. Please visit www.TourismCares.org to learn more.