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Read all about the 25th anniversary celebrations of ATLAS HERE

ATLAS Milestones - What has ATLAS been doing 25 years?


What are the Objectives of ATLAS?

  • To promote the teaching of tourism, leisure and related subjects.
  • To encourage the exchange of staff and students between member institutions.
  • To promote links between professional bodies in tourism, leisure and associated subjects and to liaise on educational issues, curriculum development and professional recognition of courses.
  • To promote transnational research which helps to underpin the development of appropriate curricula for transnational education.


What does ATLAS do?

ATLAS promotes links between member institutions through regular meetings and information exchange. The main activities of ATLAS are:

  • Organising conferences on issues in tourism and leisure education and research. Regional conferences are also held in Africa and the Asia-Pacific region;
  • Information services and publications, including the ATLAS website, member portal and the yearbook ATLAS Reflections;
  • Designing and coordinating curriculum development projects under the SOCRATES programme;
  • Running international courses, such as the ATLAS Winter University in Europe and the Summer Course in Asia;
  • Organisation of and participation in transnational research projects, for example on cultural tourism and sustainable tourism, and information technology;
  • Research publications and reports.

ATLAS is also represented at regional and local level by sections such as ATLAS Europe, ATLAS Asia-Pacific and ATLAS Africa. ATLAS Europe was founded in 1991, and still attracts the bulk of ATLAS members. Other sections are growing rapidly, however. ATLAS Asia-Pacific, established in 1997, currently has 25 members. ATLAS Asia-Pacific has staged conferences in Indonesia and China, Japan and New Zealand. ATLAS Africa was launched in 1998 and held its inaugural conference in 2000 in Mombasa Kenya and since then in Tanzania, South Africa, Kenya and Uganda. ATLAS Africa currently has 20 members. At the moment initiatives are taken to develop ATLAS Americas. The regional sections of ATLAS have developed their own programme of activities and publications to respond more closely to the specific needs of members located in these regions and those with related research interests. Membership of ATLAS regional associations and special interest sections of ATLAS is open to all ATLAS members.


ATLAS Special Interest Groups

Members of ATLAS can form Special Interest Groups (SIG's) related to specific education and research topics or for specific geographical areas. SIG's run research programmes and can organise special events and publications related to their area of interest. The current special interest groups are:



What are the benefits of Membership?

  • Regular mailings of information, including updates on ATLAS projects, conferences, meetings, publications and other activities.
  • Access to the ATLAS Member Portal on Internet with exclusive access code.
  • The annual ATLAS conference, which provide an opportunity to network with other members.
  • Conferences organised by regional associations, such as ATLAS Asia-Pacific and ATLAS Africa.
  • ATLAS members can participate in a wide range of projects run by ATLAS in the areas of tourism and leisure education and research.
  • ATLAS members are listed on the ATLAS homepage, giving teachers and students easy access to information about your institution via Internet.
  • ATLAS members have access to research information gathered through ATLAS international projects.
  • Distribution of information about your programmes, projects and products via the ATLAS mailing list.
  • ATLAS members are entitled to substantial discounts on ATLAS conference fees and selected ATLAS publications.


Information lists?

The ATLAS information list is open to all staff members of a member institution. ATLAS sends information to this list to update the members about its activities and to inform them about other relevant information related to tourism, leisure, education and research. The members can also use this list to distribute information about upcoming events, publications, research proposals, etc. To read more about this list and about the lists of the Special Interest Groups, please click here.


How is ATLAS organised?

ATLAS is co-ordinated by René van der Duim who is situated at Wageningen University in Wageningen, The Netherlands. ATLAS is run by a secretariat based in Arnhem, the Netherlands, which is accountable to the ATLAS executive, elected from the ATLAS membership.

The elected executive members are currently:

  • René van der Duim (Coordinator/chair)
  • Kevin Hannam (Vice Chair/SIG coordinator)
  • Greg Richards (Treasurer/Publication coordinator)
  • Wilber Ahebwa (Coordinator ATLAS Africa)
  • Ana Goytia (Coordinator ATLAS Americas)
  • Cody Paris (Coordinator ATLAS Middle East)
  • Alžbeta Kiralova (Coordinator ATLAS Europe)
  • Jae Yeon Choe (Coordinator ATLAS Asia/Pacific)
  • Antonio Paulo Russo (Research coordinator)
  • Ilie Rotariu (Coordinator Winter University)
  • Carina Ren (Coordinator Student membership and PhD colloquium)
  • Antti Honkanen

All full members of ATLAS are eligible to stand as candidates for the executive and the boards of the regional associations.


Joining ATLAS

Who can join?

ATLAS membership is open to bona-fide educational institutions and professional bodies with educational, research or professional interests in tourism, leisure and related areas.

How much does it cost?

The 2016 annual fee for ATLAS full members is € 325. For organisations situated in countries in Central and Eastern Europe, Africa, Asia and South America the fee will be € 200. Patron members pay a fee of € 500.

Patron membership

In 2004 the patron membership was introduced for institutions that are highly involved in ATLAS and therefore benefit much more than other members from the membership with for instance discounts on ATLAS conferences. Another reason to become a patron member could be if an institution has a lot of people involved in the Special Interest Groups. The patron membership is voluntarily. Extra benefits of this patron package are a direct link via the institution's logo on the first page of the ATLAS website and one free copy of all new publications published by ATLAS.

How can you join?

Simply complete and submit an application form here...

How to end membership?

ATLAS membership will be renewed automatically each year. Membership can be terminated by the member notified in writing at the end of the financial (=calendar) year. More details about the membership and the association can also be found in the ATLAS Constitution.


  T&F Journals - Special deal for ATLAS members

Deal from Routledge / Taylor and Francis (T&F) especially for ATLAS members.

Routledge / Taylor and Francis are offering the ATLAS members online access to 3 T&F journals per calendar year as a benefit of the membership. The list can vary from year to year and will start in 2016 with:

Members will gain access to the journals on the website of T&F making use of a voucher system.

The costs of this special offer will be EURO 50 for full members and EURO 30 for members in Central and Eastern Europe, Africa, Asia and South America. We will issue vouchers only to people working at member institutions. Journals can be used institutionally.

You can apply for this T&F deal by completing this FORM. ATLAS will send an invoice and as soon as this invoice has been paid we will send you the voucher, provided that the ATLAS membership fee has been paid.



You can read the ATLAS Constitution here.


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