Aligning its long-standing Tour Operator Scholarship Program with its mission, the Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA), in partnership with Visit Sweden, will offer three tour operators scholarships in 2022. Now in its eleventh year, the annual scholarship program supports up-and-coming tour operators by providing financial support and access to fellow adventure travel industry partners. Applications for the Tour Operator Scholarship Program opened on 1 June and will close on 17 June.
The ATTA seeks motivated tour operators who have demonstrated potential for creating a positive impact on local cultural, ecological, or historical resources and a high level of professionalism while employing ethical business practices. The three scholarship recipients will be selected based on their strategies in one of the key areas important to the association:
- Making a positive economic impact on local communities
- Being innovative in order to conserve the natural environment and cultural heritage
- Efforts to combat climate change
- Efforts to address diversity and inclusion
Scholarship winners will receive an ATTA annual membership — gaining access to the organization’s global network, membership resources, and benefits — and a delegate seat and travel stipend for the 2022 Adventure Travel World Summit, which will take place 3-6 October 2022 in Lugano, Switzerland. Additionally, they will be given free access to the track of online courses of their choice through the ATTA.
To qualify for this program, applicants must have been in business for at least three years with annual revenue of less than $250,000 USD. Visit Sweden will sponsor the Tour Operator Scholarship Program for the first time and will require at least one scholarship recipient to come from Europe.
The Tour Operator Scholarship Program submission period is open and will close 17 June 2022 at 11:59 PDT. Tour operators from around the globe are invited to submit their applications through the Tour Operator Scholarship page, where additional information about the program and applications are found.