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The Association for Tourism and Leisure Education and Research (ATLAS) was established in 1991 to develop transnational educational initiatives in tourism and leisure.


ATLAS provides a forum to promote staff and student exchange, transnational research and to facilitate curriculum and professional development. Membership is institutional and it currently has 194 members in 61 countries worldwide.


Some of the objectives of ATLAS are the promotion of the teaching of tourism, leisure and related subjects, and the promotion of transnational research. This helps to underpin the development of appropriate curricula for transnational education.


ATLAS organizes conferences on issues in tourism and leisure education and research. The 2018 annual conference took place in Copenhagen, Denmark. Regional conferences are held in Africa, Latin America and the Asia-Pacific region. Smaller meetings are also organised by the ATLAS Special Interest Groups on themes like Dark Tourism, Mobility, Gastronomy and Events.


ATLAS publishes contributions from its members, Special Interest Groups and participants of the conferences and meetings in conference proceedings. Publications appear in ATLAS Review, ATLAS Reflections, reports, publications series, books and also in outstanding international journals.


To learn more about ATLAS and how to join their organization, click here.