Pacific Asia Travel Association Foundation
The Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the Association. The Foundation focuses its grantmaking on environmental conservation and the cultural heritage of Asia Pacific. Grants are awarded in four areas: education, cultural heritage, sustainable tourism, and the environment. Education grants support the improvement of the professionalism of travel industry personnel and of others working in related fields. Education grants also support the education of visitors, host communities, and travel industry staff in respect to the environment and cultural heritage. Cultural heritage grants support the conservation of the man-made setting in which tourism takes place or upon which it is dependent. These grants are also awarded to heritage sites, buildings, cultural attractions, historic towns and villages, and the relationship with host communities. Sustainable tourism grants support projects that help tourism make as low an impact on the environment and local culture as possible, while helping to generate future employment for local people. Environment grants support the protection of the natural setting in which tourism takes place including the landscape, plant and animal life, coastal zones, pollution and parks. Projects that are considered for a grant are those that seek to protect, conserve, and/or educate. They must have a potential positive impact on tourism and contribute to the betterment of lives as well as provide job creation in tourism for local communities. Additional information can be found on the Web site.
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