What is GATN?
Global Alternative Tourism Network (GATN) is an initiative of the Asia and the Pacific Alliance of YMCAs. It is a community-based initiative anchored within the concepts of fair-tade and global citizenship.
The YMCA with its unique community based policies and extensive world network is in a unique position to strive for healthy and meaningful tourism experiences by engaging local communities, and promoting a fair, responsible, and beneficial model for tourism. Thus, the development of the GATN.
APAY GATN Mission Statement
"The YMCAs of Asia and Pacific are committed to a sustainable alternative tourism that empowers youth to help restore the environment and ecology, uphold the local culture and heritage, and promote a better quality of life for the local community."
Pillars of YMCA Alternative Tourism
Learning and Sharing
Programmes in the YMCA Global Alternative Tourism will provide learning and sharing opportunities for the visitors and host community.
Care for the Present and the Future
Programmes in the GATN will care for the present and future through protection of the rights of the indigenous people, addressing the challenges of exploitation, Climate change, empowering youth and women, caring the elderly and promoting peace and harmony.
Each programs listed in the GATN are developed by the YMCAs by prioritizing different issues which are relevant in their context or which should be celebrated, considering the diversity of culture and environment. Special care has been made for the preservation of the environment, values, rights of the local people and local cultures.
Beneficial for Hosts and Travellers
Programmes in the GATN are taking place in communities, natural and cultural heritage sites and environments. YMCA recognizes Global alternative tourism as a tool to conserve and enhance local, natural and cultural heritage as well as strengthening the local economy. Emphasis are made for empowering the local communities to exercise control over the forms of tourism that they wish to see in their communities, while developing the programs for GATN.
All GATN programs provide safe, affordable, meaningful travel with community experiences for the participants and ensure quality services at reasonable cost.