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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 50 countries.


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ATLAS news
 Tourism, climate change and biodiversity in Sub-Saharan Africa

This book honors Prof Bob Wishitemi. Commemorating his death in 2021. Bob Wishitemi helped organize most of the initial ATLAS Africa Conferences and acted as keynote speaker on several occasions. Most authors in the book are connected to ATLAS Africa as member or delegate at the ATLAS Africa conferences. The book is free downloadable HERE.

 ATLAS Prize

After the success of 2021 and 2022 you can nominate your students again before Monday 1st of May 2023 HERE

 ATLAS Asia - suporter of two events

ATLAS Asia is a supporting partner of CTS-AP and ATLAS will handle registration and invoicing of the event Tourism Metamorphosis: Creative Destruction and the Remaking of Tourism Geographies Vietnam, Hanoi, 13-17 February 2023.

ATLAS Asia is also supporting partner of the CBT symposium - Rural Tourism Prosperity: Transforming the Well-Being of Local Communities. A HYBRID event, taking place in Sabah, Malaysia, 2 December 2022.

 VIDEO ATLAS Annual Conference 2023 Bad Gleichenberg, Austria

 ATLAS new SIG: Circular Economy and Circularity in the Space of Tourism and Hospitality

We are happy to let you know there is a new SIG on Circular Economy.
Please find more information on this new SIG HERE


 ATLAS Internship

ATLAS is proud to announce the possibility to offer students an ATLAS internship. Read more HERE.

 ATLAS webinars recorded and available at the ATLAS youtube channel

 CULTSENSE - Free downloadable book

In this first case studies collection, the readers are welcome to delve more deeply into different themes and cases related to Cultural Sensitivity in travelling. The book is one of the results of the CUTLTSENSE project (Sensitizing Young Travellers for Local Cultures) and free downloadable at:

 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
Mar-31-23 ATLAS Webinar - Launching the SIG on Circular Economy and Circularity in the Space of Tourism
May-24-23 ATLAS SIG Gastronomy Meeting - Tradition and innovation in gastronomy
Sibiu, Romania
Jun-14-23 CultSense & ATLAS SIG CT - Bridging Cultures through Travel: From theory to practice
Rotterdam, Netherlands
Oct-10-23 ATLAS annual conference 2023 - Quality of Life: Health, Tourism and Climate
Bad Gleichenberg, Austria
Nov-15-23 ATLAS SIG Business Tourism Conference - Business Tourism and The New Normal
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Patron members
Wageningen University

Wageningen University


New publications
ATLAS Reflections 2009: Experiencing difference. Changing tourism and tourists experiences
ATLAS Reflections 2009: Experiencing difference. Changing tourism and tourists experiences

Edited By Melanie Smith and Leontine Onderwater

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
April 19 - 21, 2023 - Split, Croatia
Women in Tourism: Lessons Learned or Lesso...
May 23 - 25, 2023 - Leeuwarden, Netherlands
CHME - Game-changers in the Hospitality In...
May 25 - 27, 2023 - Opatija, Croatia
ToSEE - Engagement & Empowerment: A Path T...
May 31 - 02, 2023 - Girona, Spain
AFMAT - The future of Tourism: mutations a...
May 31 - 02, 2023 - Breda, Netherlands
CBTS - Tourism and Consumer Behaviour in a...
June 01 - 03, 2023 - Amsterdam, Netherlands
Tourism, Memory and Heritage
July 05 - 07, 2023 - Guildford, UK
Bringing Hospitality, Tourism, Transport a...
September 11 - 13, 2023 - Johannesburg, South-Africa
From Recovery to Resilience - Sustainable ...
October 18 - 20, 2023 - Helsingborg, Sweden
December 07 - 09, 2023 - Hong Kong, China
IMPACT - Tourism and Hospitality in Post-P...