The developed infrastructure is a prerequisite for traditional travel and tourism. It is a rule of thumb that these thrive in areas with good infrastructure. It is also a fact that building infrastructure requires substantial investments. Very often the required investment is beyond the budgets of local communities and sometimes even national governments. The allocation of scarce infrastructural funds is normally a subject of considerable lobbying activities from various public organisations and businesses.
By the very nature of their profession, the members of AETTA travel a lot and are able to unmistakably distinguish inadequacies and imbalances in infrastructural development be it congested railway stations or airports, poor roads or substandard accommodation facilities. The realisation came that there is a need in a mechanism capable to summarise and channel this knowledge to the benefit of the public interests and the travel and tourism sector in particular.
As a result, in 2007 the members of the Association set up the research group Infrastructure Task Force, which has as the main agenda the identification of infrastructural needs. This research group essentially collects, sorts and priorities the infrastructure-related input from the AETTA members. Our findings and recommendations are then communicated to the relevant authorities and decision-makers.