Since 2004, Globus—a worldwide leader in escorted travel— has supported grants for the preservation and restoration of exceptional North and South American sites. Most recently they targeted “American Icons” for their preservation and restoration funding. The growing collection of sites represents the diverse geography and beauty of the world.

With more than $250,000 contributed to date, Globus continues to utilize both customer and travel agent communication to spread the word about Tourism Cares’ work. 

Bob Whitley Memorial Fund

Robert (Bob) Whitley had a distinguished career in the tourism field spanning more than 40 years, including both private sector and government positions, notably serving as the longtime President of the United States Tour Operator Association (USTOA).

Bob was instrumental in USTOA’s creation of the Travelers Conservation Foundation (TCF) in 1999 to preserve the travel experience for future generations. Five years later, he also applauded the expansion of TCF, working with other industry associations to create Tourism Cares, and support the education of the travel industry’s future workforce and expand its outreach through volunteerism and giving back by people who make their living in the travel and tourism industry.

Tourism Cares was honored when Bob’s family suggested that those who want to remember him make a donation to Tourism Cares, which led to the creation of the Bob Whitley Memorial Fund.

Thanks to Bob’s friends in USTOA and beyond, the memorial fund has raised nearly $55,000. The fund continues to grow thanks to support from Tauck, and the ongoing support of Travel Weekly’s annual Golf Shootout.

The Bob Whitley Memorial Fund continues to support programs Bob cared about. On behalf of the Whitley family, USTOA, and Tourism Cares, thank you to all who gave and continue to give in memory of Bob.