What is GATN?

Global Alternative Tourism Network is a network of different YMCAs that promotes Alternative Tourism. GATN is an initiative of the Asia and Pacific Alliance of YMCAs that aims to challenge the negative impact of mass tourism by promoting a more responsible and more sustainable kind of tourism. More than a program, Alternative Tourism is an advocacy and a tool that empowers not only the traveler but as well as the community it works with.

The CHANGE Principles 

  • Community-centered
  • Holistic in Approach
  • Advocates Global Citizenship and Global Networking
  • Nature and Heritage Conserving
  • Gender and Child Sensitive
  • Economically viable