What we do

Founded in 1977, the Tourism Society is where individuals from across all sectors of the Visitor Economy come together (online and offline) for discussion, debate, to share views and knowledge, and to network. For forty years it has had a strong voice in driving the development and wider recognition of tourism and its economic and social benefits, both in the UK and further afield. It is a founder member of the Tourism Alliance, and contributes actively to Government policy formulation, through the submission of position papers.

The Society is the only professional membership organisation of its kind in the UK that represents all of Tourism - across all disciplines, geography and career stages. The diverse membership ranges from senior executives and academics, to self-employed entrepreneurs and tourism students. Its regional and special-interest chapters offer networking opportunities throughout the country and in Brussels.

The principal benefits and services we offer to our 800+ members include:

  • Regular programme of discussion-meetings, debates and symposiums on topics of general and specialist interest
  • Frequent networking opportunities with fellow professionals from all tourism sectors
  • Regional Chapters in Cumbria, Kent, Scotland, Yorkshire, Wales and Brussels
  • Opportunity to join the Tourism Consultants Network, the biggest professional association of tourism experts in Europe (subject to acceptance and payment of a small additional subscription)
  • Access to up-to-date market intelligence
  • Opportunity to participate in or contribute to the Society’s Think Tank
  • Printed journal and weekly e-newsletter
  • Invitation as appropriate to apply for Fellowship of the Society, a valued recognition of professional accomplishment
  • Professional development support
  • Annual dinner at the House of Lords (or other prestige venue)

Goals of the The Tourism Society

  • Promote and advance the professionalism of individuals in tourismin all sectors, at all levels and worldwide
  • Bring together the many tourism sectors to discuss, debate and share ideas & stories, to network, and to develop best practice
  • Support training and academic development
  • Support our members at all stages of their progress through the industry
  • Recognise individual achievement in the field of tourism
  • Provide a channel of communication for members on issues of local, national and international interest
  • Support and encourage individuals’ understanding of sustainable development and the issues around it

The Society is managed by a Board, elected by the members, and is funded by subscriptions, advertising revenue, meetings income and other contributions and sponsorship.

Our existing membership represents tour operators, hotel chains, PR, marketing and representation companies, tourist attractions, national, regional and local tourist boards, restaurants, trade media, charities, consultants, academics, students and educational establishments, among others.

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