TEFI represents a new and inclusive tourism network of tourism scholars and practitioners. It is a social movement comprised of people (educators, researchers, industry actors and community members), who seek to progress an alternative type of tourism that is sustainable and just, that delivers blended social, economic and environmental value, and that promotes vibrant flourishing communities.
Our ambition is to move beyond business as usual, exploitative and extractive industrial approaches to tourism. We seek to create spaces of knowledge co-creation between industry and practice and we look upon education as a two-way link that moves us towards evidence-based tourism policy, planning and place-making.
The distinguishing feature of TEFI-ites is that they care for much more than publication metrics and citations. We believe that long term sustainability must be involve holistic approaches and that tourism is intimately bound up in a larger and more complex world which we cannot divorce ourselves from. Our inspirational members remind us that there is so much to learn from each other in the process of caring for people and planet.