- 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, Latin America 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 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:
- Cultural Tourism
- Gastronomy and Tourism
- Business Tourism
- Volunteer Tourism
- Space, Place, Mobilities in Tourism
- Heritage Tourism and Education
- Urban Tourism
- Visual Tourism
- Climate Change and Tourism
- Tourism Education
- Circular Economy
Artificial Intelligence and Tourism
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.
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
You can read the ATLAS Constitution HERE