Opinion Pieces

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...

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 for Tourism in England, through and beyond COVID-19. This statement summarises the position of the Society,...

Is the term staycation analytically useful? Michael Hitchcock gives his view in the April Journal

The term ‘staycation’ came into popular use in the early 2000s, but it may be considered to be slightly problematic as it seems to have acquired a variety of meanings. Is it a kind of holiday in which one stays at home taking leisure trips to...

The end of silo mentality? Stuart Render gives his opinion in latest Journal

One of the recurring messages coming out of industry webinars during the last few months has been the importance of building relationships. Stuart Render, of coach and group tourism specialist Stuart Render Tourism, asks whether more needs to be done as part of ‘building back better’....

Does the UK government take tourism seriously? Kevin Kaley, Chair, gives his view

I have recently found myself asking that question more and more. Sometimes of others who I think should have a strong view but mostly of myself. In both cases I am seldom convinced by the answer I get. Having worked in both the private and public...