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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 the spotlight: Mark Norman, new ATLAS Board Member

We are very pleased to introduce to you our newest member of the ATLAS Board: Mark Norman, lecturer in Event Management at Sheffield Hallam University, one of our long-standing member institutes. His first introduction to ATLAS took place four years ago at a SIG meeting of the Events Research Group. Last year he participated in the ATLAS Annual Conference in Copenhagen, and here we had a very productive talk about the vacancy for a Coordinator Social Media!

 SIG Heritage Tourism and Education

We are pleased to inform you on the ATLAS Special Interest Group on Heritage Tourism and Education, which was initiated by Chin Ee Ong in 2017. The aim of this research group is to understand and help improve heritage tourism and heritage tourism’s related training and education.

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Upcoming ATLAS events
May-09-19 ATLAS Business Tourism Special Interest Group Conference
Porvoo, Finland
Jun-03-19 ATLAS SIG meeting - Spaces of nature, places of Nature: Exploring tourism encounters with nature
Buxton, England
Jun-12-19 ATLAS Africa - Tourism and Innovation
Kampala, Uganda
Sep-17-19 ATLAS Annual conference - Tourism Transformations
Girona, Spain
Nov-20-19 ATLAS Latin America conference - Tourism development and social resilience in Latin America
Bogota, Colombia
Patron members
Leeds Metropolitan University

Leeds Metropolitan 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
May 21 - 23, 2019 - London, UK
CHME - Transforming Hospitality
June 04 - 06, 2019 - Buxton, England
Tourism Naturally
June 27 - 29, 2019 - Cardiff, UK
Culinary Arts and Sciences
December 11 - 13, 2019 - Queenstown, New Zealand
ANZALS - The Diversity of Leisure