Heritage Tourism and Education

ATLAS Special Interest Group
Heritage Tourism and Education

The coordinators for this SIG are:

Chin-Ee Ong – Macao Institute for Tourism Studies (IFTM), China

Adrian Guachalla – Canterbury Christ Church University, UK


This SIG (active since 2017) is interested in any topic concerning the education and training in heritage and tourism. Listed below are illustrative of our interests but the list is not exhaustive.

  • Production and consumption of heritage, tourism and heritage tourism knowledge
  • Social justice, neo-liberalism, power-knowledge, politics of representation in education content
  • ‘Buzzwords’ and tourism education: sustainability, resilience, pro-poor, community-based…
  • Quality assurance and control, effective communication, pedagogic techniques, technologies and paradigms in academic and professional tourism and heritage education
  • Tourism and education programmes in degree granting institutions
  • Site manager training for UNESCO World Heritage sites
  • Tour(ist) guide and heritage interpreter training
  • Disciplinary concerns and explorations: Excavating Anthropology, Architecture and Geography and other academic disciplines from professional and academic tourism and leisure courses (eg. ‘the Geography in Tour Guiding’)
  • The role of tourism schools in their communities

If you want to contact the SIG coordinator, please fill in the form HERE

If you want to join this SIG, please fill in the form HERE


Annual review of activities 2023

What were the activities last year?
We have scheduled a special panel on Heritage, Health and Tourism at the ATLAS Annual Conference 2023 at Bad Gleichenberg, Austria, 10 – 13 October, 2023. Depending on the quality and the intentions of participants, we might proceed to secure a special issue at a peer-reviewed journal in heritage and/or tourism.


What are the plans for the next year(s)?
In the next year, we seek to organise seminars within conferences or independent hybrid seminars built around focused themes for the benefit of publishing Special Issues.

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