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The contact person for this group is:
  Chin Ee Ong
  Sun Yat-Sen University




Annual review of activities 2022


What were the activities in the last year?

Taking over in Dec 2021, the Asia Regional Section used the last few months to plan and consolidate matters. 

What are the plans for the next year(s)?

Tourism Academic Voices from Asia Webinar Series

We are stringing together a webinar series comprising of leading tourism scholars from Asia to help speak on keynote topics that positions tourism scholarship in Asia within broader intellectual thought and practice. 

Below is a tentative schedule of forthcoming speakers and topics. 


ATLAS Asia-Regional Section Conference

If border controls and regulations get relaxed in China, we are planning to host a mid-sized conference in Macao or other parts of China in 2023 to facilitate the meeting of China-based tourism academics, tourism scholars from the region and international tourism ones. There is a good chance for this as regulations are currently being progressively relaxed.  




Annual review of activities 2009

Florence Ian
Institute of Tourism Studies (IFT), China

Malcolm Cooper
Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, Japan

Active student and faculty exchanges between many ATLAS members in the Asia Pacific and around the world continue to be a highlight of our activities in this region. While our general program of conferences, seminars and publishing has been low-key during the last 2 years, Universities and Centers like IFT in Macao have kept local networks flourishing. The executive group of Florence Ian (IFT) and Malcolm Cooper (APU) agree that it is time to host another conference in Asia and try to boost ATLAS membership and activities in the region. Ideally this should occur in 2010 or 2011.

This would form part of a range of activities for 2010-2011 that will include industry seminars, summer and winter schools, and faculty/student exchanges. On the university front the region will continue to send students to Winter University meetings run by the ATLAS executive and faculty to the main ATLAS conference every year.

Looking ahead, the Asia Pacific region will continue to further develop cooperation between ATLAS members in the region in the areas of student exchange, or other forms of joint projects that are in our common interest and benefit. A new membership drive will be instituted in the lead up to the proposed conference.



Annual review of activities 2006

Michael Hall
University of Otago, New Zealand

The Asia-Pacific group has continued to be active with respect to meetings and conferences. Malcolm Cooper of Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University has reported excellent follow-up from the ATLAS Asia-Pacific meeting held at Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University in Beppu Japan in November 2004. This has been followd by the hosting of the ATLAS Special Interest Gastronomy and Tourism Research Group meeting on Fusion cuisine and placemaking that will be hosted by the Institute for Tourism Studies, Macau on November 8-10, 2006 at which a number of Asia-Pacific group members will also attend as well as an ATLAS Asia-Pacific regional conference meeting to be held at the University of Otago on 3-5 December 2006 with the theme of 'Tourism After Oil'.

Guest speakers for the December conference include Stefan Gössling from Lund University, Sweden, and Daniel Scott from the University of Waterloo, Camada. As at the end of August over 40 papers had been confirmed for the meeting with presenters from Australia, Germany, India, Macau, Malaysia, New Zealand, Sweden, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom. Papers cover a broad rane of topics in the tourism, hospitality and leisure fields with sessions planned on tourism and the environment, policy making, economic issues and impacts, marketing management, leisure experiences, hospitality management, and visitor management. In keeping with the theme of the conference two plenary sesions will be held on tourism and environmental change. The final date for abstracts is the 1 October 2006. For more information on the ATLAS Asia-Pacific Conference which will be held prior to the New Zealand Tourism and Hospitality Conference please go to:

Michael Hall, University of Otago, New Zealand (Please contact via the Department of Management, University of Canterbury, Christchurch as of end of 2006)
Malcolm Cooper, Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, Japan
lorence Ian, Institute for Tourism Studies, Macao



Planned activities 2006

A range of ATLAS Asia-Pacific activities are being planned for the next three years. 20-21 November 2004 a conference held in cooperation with ATLAS Asia-Pacific will be hosted by Professor Malcolm Cooper, at the Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, Beppu, Oita, Japan. Details of the conference will be announced to ATLAS members at the ATLAS conference as well as provided via the internet call for papers. The Beppu meeting will provide an opportunity for ATLAS members to develop a research programme for 2005 and 2006. A meeting is tentatively scheduled in Malaysia for 2005 and will be confirmed by late 2004. In August 2006 a joint meeting will be held with the IGU Commission on Tourism, Leisure and Global Change as part of the regional IGU conference to be held in Cairns, Australia. At this stage has not been confirmed where the joint meeting will be held. For further information regarding activities and meeting please contact Michael Hall,

Michael Hall
University of Otago, New Zealand


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