OITAF is the International Organization for Transportation by Rope (Organizzazione Internationale Trasporti a Fune). It was established in Milan (I) in 1959. At the time members of 33 countries join the organization. The establishment of OITAF is caused by the fact to have members of all three categories of the ropeway business, namely:
- operators respectively ropeway enterprises
- manufacturers of ropeway systems and
- authorities (as representatives of the states)
in one and the same organization to solve the current problems together.