What is ATRA?

The relationships and consensus built during the first two adventure conferences in Scotland - in 2012 and 2013 - led directly to the creation of the Adventure Tourism Research Association.

ATRA is a membership organisation which seeks to bring together an academic and practitioner community around core areas of interest in adventure tourism and outdoor recreation.  The conference fee for the International Adventure Conference includes a year’s membership of ATRA – alternatively you can join here.

The aim is to create and sustain a forum for the creation and dissemination of research into adventure tourism: its key dimension is the dynamic between theorists and practitioners (academics, managers and guides) which is crucial to keeping the research productivity cutting-edge and relevant.

ATRA operates through five principal mechanisms:

•    The web site
•    The Journal of Adventure Tourism
•    A seminar programme whereby member institutions can host occasional, localised discussion groups
•    The community of adventure tourism researchers, academics and practitioners
•    The annual International Adventure Conference.  ATRA works with local partners to host the annual international adventure conference and is currently seeking hosts for the 2016 conference

The ATRA Steering Group currently comprises:

Dr Paul Beedie, University of Bedfordshire paul.beedie@beds.ac.uk

Dr Carl Cater, Aberystwyth University cic@aber.ac.uk

Dr Peter Varley, Centre for Recreation and Tourism Research, University of the Highlands and Islands Peter.Varley.whc@uhi.ac.uk

Dr Steve Taylor, Centre for Recreation and Tourism Research, University of the Highlands and Islands Steve.Taylor.whc@uhi.ac.uk