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

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Big Data – How is it being used in tourism planning, management and marketing around the world and to what effect?

The committee of the Tourism Consultants Network (TCN) is pleased to invite you to our next virtual event led by Chiara Caiati, Insights Manager at tourism intelligence specialists, Mabrian, and her colleague Sonia Huerta, Head of Customer Success, plus Satpal Chana, Head of Data & Analytics at VisitBritain who works with Mastercard’s Tourism Insights Platform, powered…

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The 2021 Tourism Conference – Rebuilding the UK Tourism Industry

The Tourism Alliance, the Tourism Society and British Destinations are hosting the 2021 Tourism Conference on 15th November2021 at the Royal Over Seas League in London. This timely conference focusing on the UK’s recovery from the Covid Pandemic and features a keynote speech from the Tourism Minister, Nigel Huddleston MP, alongside a range political and…

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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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Latest News

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,...

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...

Thought Leadership

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,...

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...

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