What we do

The Tourism Society is an organisation for people working in tourism and travel, including educators and students, and others interested or involved in the visitor economy across all its sectors worldwide.

We aim to enhance our members’ professionalism, knowledge and understanding of the industry through

  • regular meetings held throughout the UK
  • publication of our quarterly journal, ‘Tourism’
  • providing networking opportunities and access to an extensive database of industry colleagues
  • increasing awareness of the economic, social and cultural benefits of tourism
  • providing signposts to better business opportunities and education and careers support

The Society, founded in 1977, provides a forum for the professional needs of those pursuing a career in or associated with the tourism industry. It 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 of some 1000 individuals represent 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.

The Society's professional section offers support to those who work as consultants - the Tourism Consultants Network (TCN) allows consultants to increase their exposure to companies and organisations looking for external high quality expertise.