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ATLAS is celebrating its 30th anniversary!!! Please find below information on how we would like to celebrate this!

What has ATLAS been doing 30 years?





ATLAS Prize for Bachelor and Master thesis on leisure and tourism

The Association for Tourism and Leisure Education and Research (ATLAS) has created the annual ATLAS Prize for Bachelor and Master thesis on leisure and tourism.

Nominations for the Prize (max. one Bachelor and one Master thesis per institution) should be made by Heads of Department / School from ATLAS Member institutions by providing a statement (max. one page A4 or 500 words), setting out the reasons why their nominee is worthy of the ATLAS Prize for Bachelor and Master thesis on leisure and tourism. In addition, theses produced by ATLAS student members will also be considered.

The thesis should have been successfully defended in 2020 and must be written in English. Given the range of possible activities carried out by leisure and tourism students we do not specify precise criteria. Possible reasons for the award include, but are not limited to, scientific and societal relevance, originality of the subject and readability.

Nominations will be considered by the ATLAS Advisory Board the summer of 2021 and the 2 prize winners (one for the best BSc and one for the best MSc thesis) will be announced at the annual ATLAS conference in September. Prize winners will receive a framed certificate. They will also receive a complementary delegate conference registration at the 2021 conference, be invited to present their work during one of the workshops at this conference and receive a free ATLAS student membership for one year.

The closing date for entries to be received is Monday May 3, 2021. All entries (nomination form and thesis in PDF format) should be submitted by email to




ATLAS advisory board


New ATLAS Advisory Board

As part of the 30th Anniversary, ATLAS has installed an Advisory Board. The main task is to strategically advise ATLAS and to recommend and develop potential new revenue streams. One of the first outputs of this new Advisory Board was the launch of an ATLAS thesis prize. Current members of this Advisory Board are former chairs and members of the ATLAS Board: Melanie Smith, Carlos Fernandes, Rob Davidson, Ana Goytia Pratt, John Swarbrooke en Rene van der Duim.

The workings of the Advisory Board will be evaluated after 2 years. If you have any suggestions for the future direction of ATLAS or ideas for increasing revenues, please contact the Advisory Board by sending an email to



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