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.


TEFI is a network of educators, researchers, industry actors, and community members who seek a progressive approach to tourism education and research. Our network is committed to a type, scale and form of tourism that is both sustainable and just, and that values people and planet alongside economic outcomes.

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.

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