Rules of the International Co-operative & Associated Tourism Org. (TICA) (1997)

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 by the International Co-operative Alliance (ICA)
1997 {Source: International Co-operative and Associated Tourism
Organisation (TICA)}

Statues of Tourism International Co-operative and Associated (TICA) (1991)

Article 1 : Name
The name of the organization is Tourism International Co-operative and
Associated (TICA).

Article 2: Seat
The seat of the Organization shall be determined by the Executive

Article 3: Objectives
The Organization's objectives:

1.	To foster co-operation between the holiday and travel organizations
within the co-operative, associative, associative and trades union sectors,
in order to make affordable holidays available for all, and to promote
international understanding and goodwill by encouraging foreign travel;

2.	To secure mutual understanding and co-operation between the
national organizations comprising the Organization;

3.	To co-ordinate its members' operations in order to make tourism and
its benefits available to as many people as possible;

4.	To encourage the regular exchange of information, personnel and
services between member organizations;

5.	To study the general evolution and trends of tourism;

6.	To assist ICA in its work with the United Nation's bodies and with
other international organizations concerned with tourism (ILO, European
Confederation of Trade Unions, etc.).

Article 4: Functions
In accordance with its objectives, the organization has the following

1.	To arrange consultations between member organizations on projects
of mutual interest;

2.	To encourage the feedback of information on members' activities
with a view to circulating this to member organizations;

3.	To circulate information on legislation, technical subjects and any
other studies which could be of interest to member organizations;

4.	To encourage its member organizations to co-operate in the
development of trips, (study tours, educational visits and holiday facilities;

5.	To arrange workshops, and seminars for the personnel of its
member organizations;

6.	To maintain regular contact with member organizations in order to
keep them informed of the activities of the organization and of its members.

Article 5: Members
Membership is open to those non-governmental organizations with a social
vocation which recognize the objectives of the organization as laid down in
Article 3.

To qualify for membership, applicants must meet the following conditions:

-	Have as a principal activity the organization of travel and vacations;

-	Possess the equipment and the technical staff necessary to carry out
its functions;

Applications to membership shall be submitted to the Executive Committee
which is empowered to consider the application and to recommend its
acceptance or rejection to the General Assembly.

If one or more member organizations already exist in the country of the
applicant it/they shall be asked to express their opinion about the

According to their activities, members are divided into the following four

1.	Travel Agencies and Tour Operators
2.	Hotel and Holiday Villages
3.	Camping
4.	Other

The right to participate and to vote are subject to full payment of the annual

An organization with 12 months arrears in its annual subscription shall
cease to be a member, unless the Executive Committee is satisfied that there
is a reasonable cause for the delay.

Observer Members:
Subject to approval by the Executive Committee, an organization may be
accepted to membership as an observer for a period of one to two years.

Observers shall be required to pay 50% of the annual subscription. They
have to right to participate in meetings of the General Assembly without the
right to vote or to be elected to the Executive Committee.

Honorary Members
The General Assembly may confer the title of honorary member upon
members who through their actions have made a special contribution to the
development and good reputation of the organization.

The President can from time to time invite an honorary member to
participate at meetings of the Executive Committee in an advisory capacity.

Article 6: Member Subscription
Each  member organization is required to pay an annual subscription the
amount of which shall be fixed at every second meeting of the General

The membership subscription should be paid to an authorized bank in the
country of the seat of the ICA Secretariat.

Special contributions may be required for specific activities which are
decided on by the General Assembly.

Participation at meetings of the organization's different bodies is subject to
fulfilment of the member's subscription and other financial obligations.

Article 7: General Assembly
The General Assembly is the highest authority of the organization. It is
empowered to:

-	determine the organization's policy and programme;

-	discuss the activities and reports of the working parties;

-	make decisions based on the suggestions which have been presented
by the Executive Committee or by member organizations;

-	approve the report of the Executive Committee on activities carried
out since the previous meeting;

-	amend the organization's statutes.

The General Assembly will meet each year on such dates as the Executive
Committee will decide and not more than 15 months after the previous
General Assembly.

A General Assembly may also be convened at any time by means of a
resolution supported in writing by at least two-thirds of members entitled to
vote. Such resolution shall clearly define the business for which the General
Assembly is convened.

Summons to the General Assembly shall be sent to organizations at least
three months in advance of the meeting.

The General Assembly can deliberate if the quorum of two-thirds of its
voting members has been attained.

Each member organization has the right to one vote at the General

Summons to an extra-ordinary meeting of the General Assembly must be
sent in writing by the Secretary General to all member organizations at least
six weeks in advance of the meeting.

Article 8 : Executive Committee
The General Assembly shall appoint from organizations in full membership
at every second Assembly an Executive Committee composed of between
six and nine members, amongst them a President, two Vice Presidents and a
Treasurer. At no time must all of the three officers come from the same

The posts of Vice President and Treasurer may be held by one person.

No country can be represented more than once on the Executive Committee.

The General Assembly should ensure that Working Parties are equitably
represented on the Executive Committee.

In the event of the posts of President, Vice President or Treasurer becoming
vacant between General Assemblies, the Executive Committee shall have the
power to appoint a suitable replacement, who shall hold office until the next
General Assembly which is responsible for the confirmation of the

Article 9 : Functions and Powers of the Executive Committee
The Executive Committee shall meet twice a year and when circumstances

The Executive Committee can deliberate if a majority of its members are
present or represented.

The Executive Committee shall:

-	carry out the decisions o the General Assembly;

-	deal with such questions and problems as may arise between Annual
General Assemblies;

-	provide for the supervision of the funds of the organization and
submit accounts to the General Assembly.  It is responsible for preparing
and proposing the budget to the General Assembly, and for controlling the
organization's income and expenses;

-	present an annual written report of activities to the Central
Committee of the International Co-operative Alliance;

-	prepare the agenda for meetings of the General Assembly;

-	assure a close collaboration with the International Co-operative

-	admit new members;

-	submit modifications to the Statutes to the General Assembly.

Article 10 : President
The President represents the organization on behalf of the Executive
Committee in all public and official matters as well as in relations between
members and with outside bodies. The President controls expenses and has
the power to delegate to the Secretary General.

Article 11: Secretary General
The Secretary General is appointed by the Executive Committee of which
s/he is an ex-officio member.

The Secretary General is the permanent agent responsible for executing the
decisions of the Executive Committee.

The Secretary General is responsible for all operational and administrative
tasks, keeping the books and accounts, editing reports, preparing meetings
and generally assuring the day-to-day management of the Organization.

The remuneration of the Secretary General is decided by the Executive

The Secretary General shall assist Working Groups in their activities.

The seat of the Secretary General is decided by the Executive Committee.

Article 12 : Budget
The Treasurer presents the budget proposal and submits financial reports to
the Executive Committee for its approval.

Article 13 : Working Groups and Ad hoc Committees
Working Groups will be comprised of members as outlined under Article 5.
Working Groups will appoint their own Chairperson and Secretary.

Working Groups shall be concerned with questions relative to their
members' speciality and are accountable to the Executive Committee. They
will present a report on their activities to the General Assembly.

The Executive Committee can create ad hoc committees from within its
members to study operational questions on its behalf.

Article 14 : Fiscal Year
The fiscal year begins on 1 January and ends on 31 December.

Article 15 : Changes to the Statues
Changes to the Statutes shall be proposed by the Executive Committee and
will be approved at a General Assembly especially convened for that

Notice by an individual or group of members of proposed amendments to
the Statues shall be presented in writing to the Executive Committee at least
three months prior to the General Assembly at which the amendment is to be

Changes to the Statutes must be approved either by secret ballot or by a
show hands by at least two-thirds of the members present. Each member
has the right to one vote.

Article 16 : Dissolution
The Organization may be dissolved by decision of the General Assembly
following a proposal by the Executive Committee.

The General Assembly which approves the dissolution of the Organization
must also determine how debts, if any, are to be paid.

If a net profit should exist after the payment of any debts, this is to be
placed at the disposal of the International Co-operative Alliance.

Article 17 : Relationship with the International Co-operative Alliance
The organization subscribes to the Rules and Standing Orders of the
International Co-operative Alliance (ICA) as defined in Article 30 of ICA's
Rules and Standing Orders.

In accordance with Article 30 of the ICA Rules and Standing Orders, the
organization shall:

a)	Draw up its own Rules which shall be agreed with the ICA
Executive Committee.

b)	Draw up its own budget including its subscriptions to cover its

c)	Report annually on its activities to the ICA Executive and Central

d)	Be entitled to one representative in the Central Committee, who shall
have full voting rights.

e)	Have the right to propose to the ICA Executive Committee themes
for discussion at meetings of the Central Committee and Congress and to
take part in the preparation of relevant documentation.

f)	Normally meet at the time and place of meetings of the Central

g)	Seek to establish a working collaboration with each other, where
this is practicable and desirable.

h)	Establish the closest collaboration with the ICA Executive
Committee and the Secretariat. For their part, the ICA Executive Committee
and the Secretariat shall promote such collaboration by means of joint
meetings and conferences of the Chairmen and Secretaries of the specialized
organizations and between these and the Executive Committee.

(As adopted by the IFPTO General Assembly on 6 may 1991 and the
Plenary Session of the IUCAT on 16 October, 1991).