People have been travelling the world for centuries. For business and pleasure, alone or in groups. As an entire industry evolved to cater for their needs, it is little wonder that the businesses concerned began to feel the need to unite in support of their common interests. The result of that drive for solidarity in the Netherlands is the ANVR, the Dutch Association of Travel Agents an Tour Operators. An representative body for the travel industry, not a consumer group.
The declared aim of the ANVR is "to combine the strength of its members in pursuit of their common social and economic interests, so that the organization can play a prominent national and international role as the representative of the Dutch travel industry".
It is the members who shape ANVR policy. The association's governing body is the General Assembly of Members. Day-to-day management is in the hands of an Executive Committee containing representatives from all branches of the industry: travel agents, air ticketing agents and tour operators. It is supported by a professional staff. Meanwhile, many members are themselves active participants in consultative, project and working groups which advise the Executive Committee.
The ANVR has a very wide range of activities and interests, which are organized into a series of core "clusters": Image & Lobbying, Consumer Affairs, Aviation, Employment & Education Affairs and Standardization. There are also separate forums for the Retail and Tour Operating sectors.