ATLAS - European Association of Tourism and Leisure Education, Netherlands
Association for Tourism and Leisure Education (ATLAS) was established in 1991 to
develop transnational educational initiatives in tourism and leisure. Recently
designated as a 'European Thematic Network' for the tourism and leisure subject
areas by DGXXIII of the European Commission, ATLAS provides a forum to promote
staff and student exchange, transnational research and to facilitate curriculum
and professional development. It currently has over 150 members in 30
The Objectives of ATLAS
- To promote the teaching of tourism, leisure and related
subjects throughout Europe.
- To encourage the exchange of staff and students between
- 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
What does ATLAS
ATLAS promotes links between member
institutions through regular meetings and information exchange. The main
activities of ATLAS currently are:
- Organising conferences on issues in tourism and leisure
education and research.
- Production of regular publications, including the ATLAS
Course Handbook and the ATLAS Newsletter.
- Designing and coordinating curriculum development projects
under the SOCRATES programme.
- Development of a research database on tourism and leisure
production and consumption in Europe, to underpin curriculum
- Organisation of and participation in transnational research
projects, for example on cultural tourism and sustainable tourism.
- Research publications and
ATLAS has been particularly
involved in research projects on cultural tourism and sustainable tourism. A
major international study on cultural tourism has
been running since 1992, with surveys of cultural tourists being conducted by
ATLAS members in 1992 and 1997. These surveys have demonstrated the importance
of the cultural tourism market in Europe, and the role that cultural producers
play in shaping the European cultural tourism product. ATLAS has also worked
together with members in the UK and Spain to develop a sustainable tourism management education programme the results of which were published in 1996.
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ATLAS, Tilburg University
Box 90153, LE Tilburg, Netherlands,
+31 13 466 2313 Facsimile
+31 13 466 2370
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