BEST Education Network ( BEST-EN ), Headquartered at Modul University Vienna , Austria is an international consortium of educators committed to furthering the development and dissemination of knowledge in the field of Sustainable Tourism .


The BEST Education Network is emerging from a larger business initiative, which was founded in 1998. The primary objective is to develop and disseminate knowledge in the field of sustainable tourism. In 2003, the organization became independent and the organization of the organization became independent and renamed itself to the BEST Education Network.


The BEST Education Network is coordinated by an international Executive Committee of academics with expertise in sustainable tourism. The committee is currently chaired by Dr. Janne Liburd. The Executive Committee is supported by the International Advisory Committee on Senior Tourism Academics.

Think Tanks

BEST-IN holds annual Think Tanks at various universities around the world, qui During research is presented, sustainable tourism topics are Discussed, and curriculum modules for undergraduates are Developed. [1]Research and module development sessions. The BEST Think Tanks draw together educators, researchers, consultants and practitioners from the tourism industry. Their knowledge and experience are integrated into the design of various curricula modules on sustainable development and sustainable development.

The Think Tanks are typically held at a university where sustainable tourism is taught and researched. They consist of research presentations, keynote speakers, research agenda, and curriculum development sessions. Each year the Think Tank has a particular theme and seeks to provide vision and cutting-edge insight to the topic at hand. Past themes have included:

  • Think Tank X: Networking for Sustainable Tourism , MODUL University Vienna , Austria, June 27-30, 2010
  • Think Tank IX: The Importance of Values ​​in Sustainable Tourism , James Cook University , Singapore, June 15-18, 2009
  • Think Tank VIII: Sustaining Quality of Life Through Tourism , Izmir University of Economics , Turkey, June 24-27, 2008
  • Think Tank VII: Innovations for Sustainable Tourism , The Northern Arizona University , USA, June 21-24, 2007
  • Think Tank VI: Corporate Social Responsibility for Sustainable Tourism , The University of Girona , Spain, June 13-16, 2006
  • Think Tank V: Managing Risk and Crisis for Sustainable Tourism: The University of West Indies , Kingston, Jamaica, June 16-19, 2005
  • Think Tank IV: Sustainability and Mass Destinations: Challenges and Possibilities , The University of Southern Denmark , Esbjerg, Denmark, June 30 – July 4, 2004
  • Think Tank III: Strategic Management and Events & Meeting Management , Alajuela, Costa Rica, July 8- July 11, 2003
  • Think Tank II: Tourism and Tourism Operations , University of Hawaii , School of Travel Industry Management, April 9-12, 2002
  • Think Tank I: Tourism Marketing, Tourism Planning, and Development and Human Resources Management , Bongani Lodge South Africa, February 24 – March 2, 2001

Each Think Tank provides an opportunity for researchers to present their work. A Call for Papers goes out at the end of the previous year and is being reviewed and reviewed. Key experts in the field sont également Invited as keynote speakers to share Their knowledge topics are related to the overall theme of the Think Tank. The Think Tanks are open to academics, educators, researchers, government officials, industry experts, sustainability experts, environmental, economic, community and cultural experts in the tourism field.

Each Think Tank provides an opportunity for participants to highlight and explore topics that will be the focus of tourism research in the coming years. Interested researchers are invited to participate in workshops to identify hot topics in sustainable tourism. These research workshops will be run in parallel with the curriculum development workshops. For selected hot topic areas, participants will develop a research agenda. This agenda will include identifying the types of approaches that can be taken, exploring the types of approaches that can be taken to develop these types of research. making and its policy significance.


BEST EN has focused on the development of teaching modules that would fit into existing undergraduate hospitality and tourism management courses. These modules are developed at BEST in Think Tanks and are usually preceded by framing papers presented by invited speakers to provide background information and stimulate the audience’s thinking. Participants then form breakout groups around key topics and develop key learning objectives outlines of content. Detailed modules are usually written by a smaller group of academic volunteers after the think tank and these are made available to educators through the organization’s website . Many of the modules from past Think Tanks have been included in an academic reference book titled ‚Understanding the Sustainable Development of Tourism‘ [2]

In 2007, BEST EN launched the Tourism Education Futures Initiative ( TEFI ), which seeks to provide vision, knowledge and a framework for tourism education programs to promote global citizenship and optimism for a better world. An important outcome of the process is a set of five values-based principles that should be taken into account when they work or live. The five value sets are: 1. Ethics, 2. Stewardship, 3. Knowledge, 4. Professionalism and 5. Mutuality, and are portrayed as interlocking Value Principles because of their interconnectedness and permeability.

BEST EN has also been involved in the development of the INNOTOUR platform. INNOTOUR is a WEB 2.0 platform for education, research and business development in tourism and is an experimental meeting place for academics, students and enterprises. Launched in 2009, INNOTOUR is based on content created by the users. The platform is designed to facilitate international interaction and knowledge dissemination between students. New educational and scientific collaborative practices are developed to build interdisciplinary bridges between international campuses.

See also

  • Sustainable Tourism
  • Eco-Tourism


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  2. Jump up^ Liburd, J. & Edwards, D. (2010). Understanding the Sustainable Development of Tourism. Goodfellow Publishers