Tourism & Heritage TIG

The Tourism and Heritage Topical Interest Group (THTIG) is a sub-group of the Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA) that plans events at the annual SfAA Meetings, organizes student awards, and shares tourism and heritage related information and announcements with members through social media and our list-serve. We are currently updating and “revamping” our list-serve and social media presence.  If anyone would like to join us, please contact Lawrence Ramirez at  


Call for Entries: Valene Smith Tourism Poster Contest 2022

Students at all levels (graduate and undergraduate) who are registered and presenting a poster with themes of tourism and/or heritage are eligible for this competition. 

To participate, simply register as a poster presenter and make sure the themes of tourism and/or heritage are evident in your abstract and implied in the title. The planning committee will select your poster for this competition based on the presence of those themes. 

There are three cash prizes: $500 for first place, and $250 for two honorable mentions.

Posters will be judged by a panel coordinated by the Tourism and Heritage TIG. Entries will be judged on a variety of criteria including visual organization, creativity and clarity, as well as the applied nature and timeliness of the research being presented. Sample judging sheets will be provided to presenters in advance of the meeting to ensure quality entries.

For questions about the contest contact Vivian Gornik:


Call for Newsletter Volunteers and Submissions

As the THTIG newsletter column grows, we would like to develop our editorial staff. Currently, we are looking for volunteers to serve as assistant newsletter editors overseeing important departments for this newsletter column. The three departments that we are building are: essays, news, and book/film reviews. If you have are interested learning more about these editorial opportunities, please contact Lawrence Ramirez (

For upcoming newsletters, we are accepting abstracts for short essays (1000-2500 words) to be published in this column. Submissions must be on a tourism or heritage related topic and can be editorial, on your current research, a description of a personal experience in the field or in the classroom, a review of a recent book or film on tourism, an argument for or against a certain view on a tourism-related matter, etc. Abstracts should be no more than 200 words, and can be submitted to Lawrence Ramirez ( Submissions are currently being accepted for the August 2021 newsletter. We look forward to hearing from our members. Thank you.

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