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Tourism Cares Reports Threefold Membership Growth

CANTON, Massachusetts — Tourism Cares, the philanthropic community of the travel and tourism industry, has grown 274 percent in the past two years.

Tourism Cares’ annual community report highlights major programs like the organization’s investment in National Parks and the Centennial Tour Operators partnership, where eight tour operators have agreed to donate a portion of passenger fees back to the parks.

Tourism Cares also united the travel industry by raising $90,000 for recovery and renewal projects in Nepal post earthquakes.

“We’re proud of what our community has accomplished together,” said Mike Rea, CEO of Tourism Cares, “and we’re excited about what the future holds.”

In 2015, the organization also held a pilot CSR Peer Learning group with 162 travel leaders joining webinar discussions focused on the ways the community engages clients and employees in giving.

Also last year, Tourism Cares surveyed travelers for the Good Travels study that showed 55 percent of U.S. travelers contributed dollars, time or supplies while traveling in the past two years.

The membership of Tourism Cares represents all sectors of the industry, including tour operators, travel agencies, lodging/hospitality, cruise, attractions, information technology, online travel agents, media/public relations, airlines/transportation, financial/professional and destinations.