TEFI's mission is to be the leading, forward-looking network that inspires, informs and supports tourism researchers, educators, those working in the sector to passionately and courageously transform the world for the better.

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Special Issue Journal of Teaching in Travel and Tourism

Re-purposing tourism: Engaging our radical in tourism education

This special issue is inspired by the TEFI 11 virtual conference on the same theme, hosted by York St John University in June 2020. We are delighted to open this call for manuscripts also from authors who did not virtually attend the conference, but who seek to explore purposeful tourism in tourism education. Given the isolation COVID-19 has prompted globally, and in consideration of the sustainability crisis, there is no better time to reflect on our purpose. Purpose is what motivates us. It is the reason why we do things, why tourism operators continue to open their doors, why workers turn up for their shifts, and why tourism organisations, and governments make decisions to “do what they do.” Excavating our purpose and those of others provides an opportunity to find common ground. The goal of our call for papers is to reflect on the transformative role of tourism to peoples, places, and the planet. This call has now been closed - we anticipate a dozen exciting papers to be published in 2021 on this theme.

TEFI 11 was not cancelled due to the Covid-19, it was held as a virtual conference!

TEFI 11 - What’s Tourism got to do with it?

Re-purposing tourism: engaging our radical in tourism education, please visit the page

York St John University, UK, together with Tourism Education Futures Initiative (TEFI ) were proud to organise the TEFI11 conference in early June 2020 in a virtual environment. Note, all conference keynote speeches and presentations are available on the conference website, click through to the program and select what you want to see and hear.

NEW Recent Publications

Special Issue Tourism Recreation Research: Critical Issues in Tourism Co-creation
Special Issue Journal of Teaching in Travel and Tourism: Building our stories: Co-creating tourism futures in tourism research, education and practice

Now published Special Issue Journal of Teaching in Travel and Tourism

Knowing with Nature - The Future of Tourism Education in the Anthropocene

Tourism education, and the knowledge that is produced within the tourism curricula, can, to a certain extent, be held accountable for the conflicting and fragile relationship between tourism and the Earth systems. This special issue was published in late summer 2020. Link to the issue's front page, is here.


The TEFI Recommendations for Promoting Gender Equity and Balance in Conferences and Editorial Boards is available! Click here for details.