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

45th Anniversary President’s and Tourism Awards

Celebrate the Tourism Society’s 45th Anniversary at the President’s Dinner hosted by The Rt Hon. The Viscount Thurso Returning to London for the first time since 2019 and covid the President’s dinner will take place on 18 January 2023 from 7 pm at The Little Ship Club, London. There will be a three course meal…

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Latest News

Tourism Society welcomes the government consultation on accommodation registration

The Tourism Society is pleased to support the government’s call for evidence on tourism accommodation registration, in response to the growth and impact of short-term holiday lettings.  We are encouraging...

Tourism Society welcomes Government response to De Bois Review of DMOs

The Tourism Society, the professional membership body for people working in all sectors of the visitor economy, welcomes the government response to the independent review of destination management organisations in...

The Tourism Society Welcomes a New Chair

The Head of Secretariat, Alison Cryer, of the Tourism Society is delighted to announce the new Tourism Society Chair Deborah Heather, who was elected at the 45th Anniversary AGM. Deborah...

Yorkshire Tourism – An update from Tourism Society Yorkshire chairman, John Gallery

As many colleagues will know, the destination marketing organisation (DMO) for Yorkshire, Welcome to Yorkshire, was placed into administration at the end of March 2022.   The lead up to...

Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Honours for Tourism

The following Honours were published yesterday.  Congratulations to all from the Tourism Society. Sally Jane Balcombe. Chief Executive, VisitBritain. For services to Tourism.  OBE Nicholas De Bois. Chair, VisitEngland Advisory...

Scots look at travelling to the Med again in 2022

After running the Scottish Tourism Index for several waves during the peak of the pandemic as a means of tracking the views of the Scottish population around holidays and breaks,...

Latest BVA/BDRC ClearSight survey on attitudes to travel & tourism

Summary of findings Air Travel & International Holidays back on the Menu The proportion of Brits booking an international holiday rose to its highest level in two years during January....

Featured in the latest Journal -Turning over a Green Leaf in the New Forest

Building a resilient, responsible and regenerative local visitor economy is crucial in a world experiencing economic crises, pandemics, and climate change.  Go New Forest has just launched its Green Leaf...

VisitBritain/VisitEngland CEO Sally Balcombe to step down

10 January 2022 VisitBritain/VisitEngland CEO Sally Balcombe has announced that she is stepping down from the role in spring this year. Ms Balcombe, who has been CEO, first of VisitBritain...

Geotourist – ‘one to watch’!

Tourism Society member, Geotourist, working with Historic Environment Scotland, has been named as ‘One To Watch’ at the World Responsible Travel Awards for their compelling platform concept that draws visitors...

Thought Leadership

Tourism Consultants Network event March 29th 2022 – Responding to sustainability

At a time when the call for tourism to be more sustainable is louder than ever, this on-line TCN event, in conjunction with the Tourism Society, looked at sustainability policies and challenges for the sector and ways of supporting more business response. Richard Denman, director of...

Member, Mike Bugsgang’s, view on marketing into 2022 in latest Journal

In 2022 travel companies will need to exercise a more fluid approach to their marketing by targeting different groups of consumers at different times with different messages. For example, older people, who have been the hardest hit by the pandemic will require a great deal more...

Making Sustainability accessible through Storytelling by John Speers, Board Director of The Tourism Society,

Sometimes in life you have insightful conversations with great people, and they shine light on a subject at a different angle to give a wholly fresh perspective. That’s what happened the other day when the famed environmentalist, activist and documentary maker, Céline Cousteau, and Shannon Guihan,...

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