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The Association for Tourism and Leisure Education and Research (ATLAS) was established in 1991 to develop transnational educational and research initiatives in tourism and leisure. ATLAS provides a forum to promote staff and student exchange, transnational research and to facilitate curriculum and professional development. ATLAS currently has members in about 60 countries.


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ATLAS news
 In memoriam - Merz Hoare

We are very sad to tell you that Mercedita Hoare passed away. Merz was a greatly admired part of the ATLAS community and she was very important to the organisation of the wonderful 2008 ATLAS Annual conference held in Brighton. She will be very sorely missed.  

 Falling back in love with tourism – An African affair

We are happy to announce two new ATLAS Africa coordinators: Karen Harris and Christoffel Botha from the University of Pretoria. Their first action is to organise a webinar on Valetines day 2022 Falling back in love with tourism – An African affair

 ATLAS webinars recorded and available at the ATLAS youtube channel

 ATLAS supports Tourism From Zero

Recent weeks and last years’ overtourism issues showed us both the benefits, the relevance, and the limits of the tourism, hospitality and leisure industries for society. At this point, we cannot foresee the future, but we can listen to challenges and start developing solutions.



Upcoming ATLAS events
Jan-27-22 NTG Webinar - International Tourism post Corona: Sustainability – digitization and skills
Feb-14-22 ATLAS Africa Webinar - Falling back in love with tourism. An African affair
Feb-16-22 ATLAS SIG meeting - Gastronomy after the pandemic: Changes and challenges in food tourism
Girona, Spain
Sep-06-22 ATLAS annual conference - Tourism 22 and Beyond - What Matters Now to the Global Tourist?
Cork, Ireland
Patron members
The University of Otago

The University of Otago


New publications
From cultural tourism to creative tourism - Part 3: Changing places, the spatial challenge of creativity
From cultural tourism to creative tourism - Part 3: Changing places, the spatial challenge of creativity

Greg Richards and Julie Wilson (2008)

Unfortunately we had to close the ATLAS online bookshop... Soon it will be possible to buy the ATLAS publications via this website. For any information or if you want to buy one of the ATLAS publications, please contact


Upcoming member events
February 24 - 26, 2022 - ONLINE
TWINE - Co-creating sustainable rural tour...
April 11 - 13, 2022 - Belfast, UK
Gastronomy Summit
May 25 - 27, 2022 - Edinburgh, UK
CHME - The Human Touch in Hospitality
December 12 - 14, 2022 - Dunedin, New Zealand
World Leisure - Leisure: Learn well, live ...