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

Big Themes in Tourism: Céline Cousteau and Shannon Guihan

The Tourism Society are delighted to invite you to join them for their next virtual event at 1pm on 14 July.  Postponed until later in the year. 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….

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Tourism Society Yorkshire Cricket Match

With England through to the semi-finals of the Euros on the same night as our cricket we’ve decided to postpone to the following week. So, we’ll still be at the Yorkshire Gentleman’s Cricket Club at Escrick Park near York for the Tourism Society Yorkshire’s annual cricket match but on Tuesday 13th July 2021. Join colleagues from our…

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Staycations: A Blessing Or A Challenge For Cultural Heritage?

The Tourism Society and the ICOMOS-UK Cultural Tourism Committee discuss the impact of the “staycation boom” on UK’s cultural heritage About This Event As Coronavirus restrictions ease there has been speculation about a ‘staycation boom’, with significant visitation to outdoor spaces, from national parks to landscaped gardens and built heritage to play facilities, and everything…

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Latest News

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,...

The Tourism Society welcomes Travel PR specialist Chloe Davison to its Board of Directors

The Tourism Society has unveiled its most recent board appointment, communications expert Chloe Davison. Selected for her extensive PR experience in the travel, leisure and hospitality sectors, Chloe’s appointment is...

Independent Review of DMOs in England – statement from the Tourism Society

The Tourism Society warmly welcomes the independent review of Destination Management Organisations which we identified as a priority requirement in our paper to government in 2020 on Leadership and Coordination...

ClearSight – Latest Mood of the Nation Summary Report

In the latest Mood of the Nation summary report ClearSight found that - The last six weeks have seen little lasting change in the nation’s optimism More than half of Brits...

Global Travel Taskforce publishes framework for restart

International travel may be here sooner than we think as Global Travel Taskforce publishes framework for restart. ‘Traffic light’ listings and confirmation of resumption date due ‘by early May. More...

Impact of March 2021 Budget on Tourism

The Tourism Alliance has summarised their understanding of the impact of the budget on tourism below - General Economic Status • 700,000 people have lost their jobs, the economy shrank...

The Tourism Society first organisation in the UK to be awarded WTTC’s Safe Travels Stamp

London, 3 February 2021 - The Tourism Society are delighted to announce that they have become the first in the UK to be issued the World Travel and Tourism Council’s...

The COVID-19 Pandemic

The speed with which the pandemic has developed across the globe over the past 7 weeks is unprecedented. Below, is a snapshot of where we are today in comparison to...

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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