Internationale de l'Automobile(FIA)
its birth in 1904, the Fédération Internationale
de l'Automobile, the FIA, has been dedicated to representing the
interests of motoring organisations and motor car users throughout
the world. It is also the governing body of motor sport worldwide.
combination of road and track gives the FIA a unique
as an independent word body concerned with a wide range of automotive,
motoring and mobility issues.
The FIA is a non-profit making association which brings together
222 national motoring organisations from 130 countries on five
continents. Its member clubs represent over 100 million motorists
and their families. This is a powerful mandate which the FIA is
proud to defend. On issues such as safety, mobility, the environment
and consumer law the FIA actively promotes the interests of motorists
at the United Nations, within the European Union and other international
OF THE FIA
object of the FIA shall be to establish a union between its members,
chiefly with a view to:
Maintaining a world-wide organisation upholding the interests
of its membership in all international matters concerning automobile
mobility and tourism and motor sport.
Promoting freedom of mobility through affordable, safe, and clean
motoring, and defending the rights of consumers when travelling
Jean Todt, FIA President
Promoting the development of motor sport, enacting, interpreting
and enforcing common rules applicable to the organization and
running of motor sport events.
4) Promoting the development of the facilities and services of
the Member Clubs, Associations and Federations of the FIA and
the co-ordination of reciprocal services between Member Clubs
for the benefit of their individual
members when travelling abroad.
5) Exercising jurisdiction in respect of disputes of a sporting
order and any disputes which might arise between its Members,
or in relation to any of its Members having contravened the obligations
laid down by the Statutes, the International Sporting Code and
6) Preserving and conserving all documents concerning world motoring
in order to trace its History.
Internationale de Tourisme (AIT)
Alliance Internationale de Tourisme (International Touring Alliance)
Geneve, Switzerland is a non-profit, non governmental association
representing motoring organizations and clubs around the world.
The history of the AIT developed in three stages, but one common
idea of service to tourism has prevailed throughout the
100 years of its existence. Before emerging as the world wide
federation of touring clubs and automobile associations which
it is today the AIT started as the first international organization
of tourists. It was founded in Luxembourg in 1898 by seventeen
clubs from Europe and America with purpose of catering to those
cycling and hiking tourists who ventured to cross their national
frontiers in search of adventure abroad. The organization
was then called the Ligue Internationale des Association Touristes,
or LIAT for short.
The development of the international touring movement was
brutally affected by the war of 1914-1918. At its end,the LIAT
was motivated by the spirit of international cooperation and desire
for peace, which in turn brought an unprecedented expansion
of tourism. With the progression of the automobile from a luxury
item to popular means of professional and recreational transport,
the AIT family was bound to acquire a predominantly motoring character.
The idea of reciprocity of services, one of the conservation AIT,
bore fruit and flourished, reaching well beyond European boundaries.
The further interruption by the Second World War did not permanently
impair the irreversible trend towards the recognition of the right
to leisure as one of the basic achievements of our time.
Tourism has become a potent force in the economic and social policy
of the industrial states and proved to be an important stimulus
in the development of the new countries of Asia and Africa as
The explosion of the motoring population over the last few decades
has determined the AIT's emphasis on tourism by automobile, including
its campaign and caravanning variety. However, mindful of its
origins, the Alliance is keen to maintain close ties with cyclists
as well as nautical and pedestrian tourists who continue their
pursuits within the framework of open air activities of the AIT.
The steadfast dedication of the AIT to the promotion of tourism
and defense of the rights of the individuals tourists led to a
firm commitment to environmental and road safety Concerns.
is structured according to a regional systems which grants administrative
autonomy to regions constituted with the frame work.
Region I Europe,
Middle East and AFrica
Region II Asia and Pacific
Region III North America
Region IV Latin America
The General Assembly comprises the whole of the membership of
the AIT; adherent members may be heard in a consultative capacity.
This body meats once year.
President of the AIT is elected by the General Assembly for a
single term of office of three years.
The Management Committee administers the AIT and is responsible
to the General Assembly for its activities. The Management
Committee is comprised of the AIT president and up to 24 individuals
members nominated by the Regions (representation pf the Regions
The Management Committee appoints from its members a Finance Commission
which, in cooperation with the AIT Treasurer, assists in preparing
the annual budget and producing audited accounts.
The Director General of the AIT is appointed by the Management
Committee and is responsible for the organization and management
of the work of the General Secretary.
AIT General Secretariat has its headquarters in Geneva and ensures
the coordination amongst the four Regions. The General Secretariat
has the task of generating and promoting worldwide AIT activities
organising international meeting and representing the AIT at international
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