Organizations

The following list of English-language organizations, resources, and journals that are devoted to the study of tourism is drawn largely from Bertram M. Gordon's excellent survey of tourism history scholarship: "Touring the Field: The Infrastructure of Tourism History Scholarship," Journal of Tourism History 7.1/7.2 (July 2015), pp. 135-156. Descriptions are from the groups' websites (when descriptions are available).

As Bert notes in his article, it is difficult, perhaps impossible to be truly comprehensive. If your group/resource/journal is omitted from this list, do not hesitate to email me with your information and a URL.

INTERNATIONAL

United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) is the United Nations agency responsible for the promotion of responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism. As the leading international organization in the field of tourism, UNWTO promotes tourism as a driver of economic growth, inclusive development and environmental sustainability and offers leadership and support to the sector in advancing knowledge and tourism policies worldwide. UNWTO’s membership includes 156 countries, 6 Associate Members and over 400 Affiliate Members representing the private sector, educational institutions, tourism associations and local tourism authorities.


ENGLISH LANGUAGE

H-Travel is a network for the academic discussion of the history of travel, transport, and tourism. It welcomes professionals in the field of history and also those in other fields, as well as non-professionals, interested in its subject. The focus is on the history of travel, transport, and tourism from the earliest beginnings through the present and future, throughout the world and beyond. The languages of communication for the list are English, French, German, and Spanish.

 

Tourism Research Information Network (TRINET) is an email distribution list that connects members of the international tourism research and education community. Its purpose is to promote an open exchange of ideas, information, and opinions that are relevant to tourism scholarship, including theory, research, education, policy development, and operational matters. Postings are primarily of an intellectual and scholarly nature. TRINET does not accept postings that are purely commercial. Announcements which promote communication, research, education and scholarship, such as conference announcements, new books, announcements of academic positions, and the availability of funding and scholarship awards fit the spirit and mission of TRINET.

 

Anthropology of Tourism Interest Group (ATIG) is a network for anthropologists and other social scientists whose research involves tourism- and travel-related phenomena. We are organized under the auspices of the American Anthropological Association (AAA); membership in the AAA is required for full membership in ATIG. If you are already a member of the AAA, all that's necessary is to fill out our online membership form and also add ATIG to your AAA membership profile (this can be done easily on the AAA website; just log in to your member record and click "Add Interest Group" on the left). Your status as Full/Affiliate will automatically be set when you indicate whether you are a currently a member of the AAA. There are no membership dues for ATIG. 

 

Tourism Topical Interest Group of the Society of Applied Anthropology (SfAA) is a group interested in the anthropology of tourism that exists under the auspices of the Society for Applied Anthropology. It holds conferences and poster competitions among other events.

 

Tourfor (part of JISCMail) is an email listserv concerned with sustainable co-development of tourism and forestry.

 

Tourism (part of JISCMail)is an email listserv for academics and researchers working in all areas of tourism.

 

Tourism-and-Hospitality Network (part of JISCMail) is an email listserve for all those interested in tourism and hospitality.

 

Tourism Marketing (part of JISCMail) is an email listserv for academic researchers and industry practioners with an interest in tourism marketing.

 

TourismAnthropology (part of JISCMail)is an email listserv for those with an interest in the anthropology of tourism. It is the official mailing list of the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences (IUAES) Commission on the Anthroplogy of Tourism. For more information, visit the Commission at their website.

 

International Commission for the History of Travel and Tourism (ICHTT) represents all scholars interested in the history of travel and tourism, promotes research in these rich and rapidly-expanding fields of interest, and is working on creating an effective network and profitable exchange of information, ideas and research projects between historians of different countries.

 

Tourism-Contact-Culture endeavors to bring together and generate synergies between researchers involved in the critical ethnographic and theoretical study of tourism and related phenomena of contact, hospitality, mobility and cultural change.

 

Anthropology and Mobility Network (ANTHROMOB) aims to facilitate theoretical and methodological exchanges about anthropology and mobility. It fosters intellectually stimulating debates among anthropologists working on mobility along various thematic and conceptual lines, while also creating exciting opportunities for meetings, relationships, collaborative research and publications. Also see their Anthropology and Mobility Group which aims at discussing the analytical purchase of (im)mobility as an overarching conceptual framework to understand the current human condition.

 

Research Committee on International Tourism RC50 endeavors to secure and to develop contacts between sociologists of tourism throughout the world; to encourage the international dissemination and exchange of information on significant developments in the sociology of tourism and to promote the development of scientific activities throughout the world; to facilitate and promote international meetings, research and publications in the field of sociology of tourism.

 

Research Committee on Sociology of Leisure RC13 works to promote international cooperation in the field of the activities of sociology of leisure; to exchange theoretical and practical information among all countries and experts concerning the results of investigations on leisure; to convene international seminars, symposia, meetings on leisure; to prepare and circulate reports about the development and problems of leisure in different countries and regions; to promote organised documentation on leisure in cooperation with other documentation centers; to identify sociological problems in leisure and organize international research projects.

 

Tourism Studies Working Group (TSWG) is a forum in which faculty and graduate students from a range of disciplines exchange ideas, present works in progress, and receive feedback on tourism and travel research. It is based at University of California at Berkeley.

 

Tourism History Working Group (THWG) was established in 2006. Bringing together scholars at the University of Guelph and beyond, its objectives are to promote exchanges between students and faculty whose research explores any dimension of the history of tourism, in any place. It sponsors a seminar series at which research is discussed, and it provides a framework for graduate-student training, in the context of allied student-faculty research projects. The Tourism History Working Group has provided a critical framework for scholarly collaboration, notably co-supervision of theses between Dr Eric Zuelow and Dr Kevin James, and active interdisciplinary participation in research.

 

Tourism and Recreation Study Group exists to provide opportunities for members to connect their research, work and/or learning pursuits in tourism and recreation with other geographers across Canada. Through regular meetings, newsletters, annual reports, a student award, and this website, the group serves as a forum for sharing knowledge, fostering scholarship, and creating a national research network for those with an interest in tourism and recreation.

 

International Centre for Research in Events, Tourism and Hospitality (ICRETH) undertakes high quality multi- and inter-disciplinary research ethically and disseminates the findings using a range of mechanisms, including research reports, articles and books, bespoke programmes of continuing professional development, consultancy, short courses and specialist events. Our priorities are to strengthen the quality of our work continuously and to make an impact on policy and practice.

 

New Zealand Tourism Research Institute at Auckland University of Technology brings together experts from around the world to deliver innovative research solutions for the industry and those who depend on it. Our research enables business, community and government to develop profitable and sustainable industry outcomes. The institute is a recognised leader in graduate student research and education, with many alumni in key international academic and industry positions.

 

Institute for Dark Tourism Research (iDTR) is based at the University of Central Lancashire (UK) and led by Dr Philip Stone, is a world-leading academic centre for dark tourism scholarship, research and teaching. Dark tourism as an academic field of study is where death education and tourism studies collide and, as such, can shine critical light on the social reality of death. Dark tourism can also reveal tensions in cultural memory, interpretation and authenticity, and political and moral dilemmas in remembering our ‘heritage that hurts’. Dark tourism is also a recognised research brand in which scholars around the world can locate and analyse a diverse range of death-tourism related sites and tourist experiences.

 

Centre for Travel Writing Studies (CTWS) exists to facilitate, promote and disseminate scholarly research on travel writing and its contexts, without restriction of period, locus, or type of travel writing.

 

Leisure Studies Association (LSA) aims to foster research in Leisure Studies; to promote interest in Leisure Studies and advance education in this field; to encourage debate through publications, and an international journal Leisure Studie; to stimulate the exchange of ideas on contemporary leisure issues; to disseminate knowledge of Leisure Studies to create the conditions for better-informed decisions by policy makers. 

 

The CeMoRe Centre for Mobilities Research encompasses the analysis of the global, national and local movements of people, objects, capital, information and material things combining together to engender the economic and social patterning of life.

 

International Association for the History of Transport, Traffic and Mobility (T2M) emerged from the shared agenda of a number of different groups who increasingly came to the conclusion that a new field of analysis and interpretation was required.

 

Travel Research Network is a collaborative project between the five schools within the Faculty of Arts at The University of Melbourne to work on a project titled ‘The Pursuit of the Ideal in Travel Writing, Cultural Tourism and Mobility Studies’. The significance of the theme of ‘the ideal in travel’ arises from the need to re-examine the reasons behind the voluntary and involuntary movement of peoples around the world. This research network project takes the interdisciplinary potential one step further to promote the connections between the three strands of travel writing, cultural tourism and mobility studies. Bringing these strands together makes them more relevant to our understanding of interconnectedness of people movements in today’s globalized society. The travel research network brings the existing research interests of 15 scholars from 12 different disciplinary areas to work together to forge a new field of research into some aspect of people movements – from literary, socio-cultural, geo-political, historical, anthropological, communicative or other perspectives.

 

Center for Responsible Travel (CREST) is a non-profit research institute based in Washington, DC. Founded in 2003, our mission is to promote responsible tourism policies and practices globally so that local communities may thrive and steward their cultural resources and biodiversity.

 

Touriseum It is the first museum in the Alpine (South Tyrol) region dedicated exclusively to the history of tourism. Interactive displays take visitors on an exciting journey through time that tells the story of 200 years of tourism from the point of view of both tourists and locals alike. Mechanical theatre shows, detailed models, films, audio: the Touriseum is anything but a dusty old museum full of tedious texts.

 

Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) aims to conserve heritage based on the belief that living in harmony with heritage enhances the quality of life, and it is the duty of every citizen of India as laid down in the Constitution of India.

 

International Tourism Studies Association (ITSA) is uniquely devoted to scholarly exchange between researchers and practitioners focusing on the growth of tourism worldwide, especially in Asia. Founded in 2006 in Hangzhou, China, ITSA is now headquartered in Washington DC, USA and has its Secretariat in Beijing. Our organization is committed to developing a global tourism leadership forum that facilitates improvements in global hospitality and tourism. ITSA is unique among international associations of tourism scholars and practitioners. It is the only such association with offices in the U.S. and China and has the mission to encourage interaction and cooperation between members in developing and developed countries.