The tourism industry is rife with abbreviations. To make life a little easier many of these abbreviations are listed below for your convenience. There are two lists, the first is the more commonly used names and the second, the not quite so common.

Commonly Used Abbreviations

ABS Australian Bureau of Statistics
DECC Department of Environment and Climate Change
DMP Destination Management Plans
DNSW Destination NSW
DRET Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism
FTE Full-Time Equivalent
IVS International Visitors Survey
KPI Key Performance Indicator
LEP Local Environment Plans
LGA Local Government Area
NPWS National Parks and Wildlife Service
RMS Roads and Maritime Services
RTO’s Regional Tourism Organisations
RTPP Regional Tourism Partnership Program
TA Tourism Australia
T-QUAL T-QUAL Accreditation
TRA Tourism Research Australia
VET Visitor Economy Taskforce
VFR Visiting Friends and Relatives
NVS National Visitors Survey

Not So Commonly Used Abbreviations

AAG Aviation Advisory Group
ACA Airport Co-ordination Australia
ADS Approved Destination Status
AFTA Australian Federation of Travel Agents
ASIC Australian Securities and Investments Commission
CRC Community Relations Commission (NSW)
CUP China Union Pay
DAMA Destination Australia Marketing Alliance
DEEWR Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations
ELICOS English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students
EMDG Export Market Development Grant
FIFO Fly-in, Fly-out
FIT Free Independent Traveller
GFC Global Financial Crisis
GSA General Sales Agent
IATA International Airport Transport Association
ICCA International Congress and Convention Association
IMHP International Media Hosting Program
MIAA Meetings Industry Association of Australia
MICE Meeting Incentive Conference and Events
NTO National Tourism Office
PATA Pacific Asia Travel Association
SACL Sydney Airport Corporation Limited
SHFA Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority
TAA Tourism Accommodation Australia
TGVA Tourism Gross Value Added
TRS Tourist Refund Scheme
TSA Tourism Satellite Account
TTF Tourism and Transport Forum
WHM Working Holiday Markers
WTO World Tourism Organisation
YTD Year to Date