Where individuals from across Tourism come together for discussion, debate, to share views and knowledge, and to network.

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Thought Leading since 1977

The Tourism Society is where individuals from across tourism come together (online and offline) for discussion, debate, to share views and knowledge, and to network.

It is the only professional membership organisation 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.

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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Professional Identity

A professional identity including the use of initials MTS or FTS after your name.

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LinkedIn Networking

Large LinkedIn networking group with over 20,000 tourism contacts.

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Society Think Tanks

The opportunity to participate in or contribute to the Tourism Society's Think Tanks.

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Discussions & meetings

A programme of discussions, meetings and debates on general and specialist interest topics.

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Regular e-newsletters

Bi-monthly e-journal and e-newsletter with all the latest news and events from the society.

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Networking Opportunities

A variety of networking opportunities with fellow professionals from all tourism sectors.

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Specialist Interest Groups

Join the Tourism Consultants Group. the Digital and PR specialist interest groups and regional chapters.

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Market Intelligence

Access to up-to-date market intelligence.

Latest Events

Tourism 2030 and Beyond: New Normal or Total Transformation?

SAVE THE DATE Announcement of Lester Borley memorial symposium on 29 April 2022 “Tourism 2030 and Beyond: New Normal or Total Transformation?” Tourism Society Scotland is organising an international symposium on the long term future of tourism, in the light of the huge upheavals of the COVID-19 pandemic and the concept of ‘build back better’. The symposium…

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Tourism Society Virtual AGM

The next Tourism Society AGM will be held virtually on 09 September from 2-3 pm, followed by virtual networking from 3-4 pm. The collective and individual contributions by members to the Society have never been so important and will continue to help us shape our future focus. The AGM will be chaired by our President,…

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Big Themes in Tourism: Céline Cousteau and Shannon Guihan

The Tourism Society are delighted to invite you to join them for their virtual event on 30 September, at 1pm. The Power of Storytelling in Travel People love stories; they can’t help being drawn into them. Stories ignite the imagination and are the foundation of why people travel. Now we hear about the craft and…

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Latest News

Sykes Cottages Scotland Staycation Index 2021

The inaugural Sykes Cottages Staycations in Scotland Report paints a picture of the growing popularity of staycations in Scotland, reviewing everything from the trending holiday hotspots and activities, to how...

Tourism Society calls for immediate government action on De Bois DMO Review

The De Bois Review confirms the need for Government to recognise and support the capabilities and functions of Destination Management Organisations in England. As the staycation honeymoon comes to an...

Independent Review of Destination Management Organisations published

In March 2021, the government announced an independent review to assess how Destination Management Organisations (DMOs) across England are funded and structured, and how they perform their roles, in order...

Is Covid making a summer break something only the rich can afford? Report in the Guardian

Rocketing prices at home, and costly tests if you leave the UK, mean many who need a break simply cannot afford it  Next week, Sally Neuman is going on holiday....

Dame Judith Macgregor, the first female chair of the British Tourist Authority

Dame Judith Macgregor has been appointed as interim chair of the British Tourist Authority with immediate effect. The interim role will run until the end of April 2022 or when...

Simplification of the traffic light system for travel

France is moving from amber-plus to amber, meaning fully vaccinated passengers returning to England, Scotland and Northern Ireland from France will no longer need to quarantine. India, Bahrain, Qatar and the...

62% plan to take main holiday in the UK – latest Sykes Staycation Index 2021

Britain is bracing for a boom in summer staycations. After an undoubtedly difficult year, the UK’s staycation market has come back fighting – ready to welcome record numbers of British...

IPS Inbound visitor statistics for 2021 Q1 (January – March)

The travel and tourism statistics published by The Office for National Statistics (ONS) are based on the results of the International Passenger Survey (IPS), but the running of the survey...

Senior Industry Figure and former Tourism Society Board member remembered

It is with much sadness that we announce the death of senior industry figure and previous Tourism Society Board member and Fellow, Roger Heape. Roger spent over 30 years in...

ClearSight – Latest full report

In the latest edition of ClearSight® on Recovery (the first since significant parts of the economy re-opened on 12th April), BA-BDRC provide an update on the mood of UK consumers,...

Thought Leadership

Travel Technology in the next decade. Board member, Shaon Talukder, reports on the Joshua Ryan-Saha event in June

"Technology in this decade doesn’t need to look like the technology of the last. We can create a bottom-up movement, creating travel technology that supports local and collective prosperity.” The future of travel technology will unlikely look like the last decade. The UK has become a...

Tomorrow’s Tourism; More Domestic Less International – Nigel Adams, MTS, looks to the future of tourism in the latest Journal

The last fifty years has seen the consistent growth of international tourism aided by cheaper air travel, package tours and recently the ability for the consumer to put their own online holiday packages together. The next thirty years may see the decline in international tourism and...

Time to get on the front foot before it’s too late – Board Member, John Speers, reports on the session with Eva Stewart of YouGov

This week as part of the Tourism Society’s Big Thinkers Big Themes series we had the pleasure of hosting Eva Stewart, YouGov Head of Travel & Tourism, sharing brand new data following last Friday’s government announcement. YouGov have at their fingertips a continuous real-time stream from...

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