How do I join TRINET?

TRINET is a closed email distribution list. Each potential subscriber is required to send a request for admission to the administrator. Subscribe now!


Once accepted, subscribers can post messages. Email addresses and personal information of TRINETTERS will not be passed on to anyone outside of the list.

Is there a charge to join TRINET?

No, the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and the School of Travel Industry Management provide the resources necessary to maintain the TRINET list.

Who is on TRINET?

As of late 2014, there are more than 2,300 subscribers spanning more than 60 countries on TRINET. Though the majority of subscribers are in academia, active researchers in the government and private sectors are also represented.

Can students join TRINET?

Students at the doctoral level (PhD or professional doctorate) are encouraged to join. Due to capacity constraints, undergraduate and Master’s level students are not permitted to join at this time.

Posting messages on TRINET

Please provide a short descriptive title or subject line to messages so that members can easily understand the nature of the post and delete those that are of no interest to them. The first paragraph should also help readers to filter messages of no interest to them.


The size of attachments should be kept to a minimum, as some subscribers have limited bandwidth and download capacity. Even better, provide links and URLs.

What are considered "valid messages" to post on TRINET?

Valid messages  include, but are not limited to:


  • Commentary and discussion on issues and topics relevant to tourism scholarship, including theory, research, and education

  • Requests for information and/or assistance on tourism research topics.  But, please avoid using TRINET as the first point of call for requests for information. Also, avoid “Tell me everything you know” types of requests. Be specific and selective.  In other words, you should do some ‘homework’ before asking for assistance or guidance.

  • Announcements of conferences and events

  • Announcements of new books, journal issues, and other publications relevant to academic communities.

  • Tables of Contents of tourism journals, or related journals that publish tourism research

  • Significant developments in institutions of higher learning, including universities, and announcements of position vacancies and availability of bursaries. 

Please be judicious in promoting your work on TRINET due to volume constraints.  Announcements by all TRINETTERS on their new articles or books would simply be overwhelming.  If there is a TRINET thread that relates to one of your articles/books, then advising colleagues of its existence is fine. However unconnected, self-promotion of your articles is strongly discouraged.  Journals editors are still welcome to post their Table of Contents which will contain most of your work anyway.  Similarly, Book Review Editors are welcome to post lists of new books for which they are requesting reviewers.

Responding to messages on TRINET

As a subscriber, you have a responsibility to other TRINETTERs to respond thoughtfully, ethically, and on-topic.  Personal comments, especially those that are derogatory, are not appropriate. If you feel compelled to make a comment of a personal nature, please reply directly to the person and not via the entire TRINET list. We also ask you to:


  • Avoid posting replies to the entire TRINET community when a response to the original posting subscriber is more appropriate
  • If you are going to be away and unable to check your email, Listserv recommends that subscribers who want to use auto-response messages should temporarily suspend their list (TRINET) subscription. Handling of Out-of-office or vacation messages differ depending on the mail client or mail transport agent so you may not have the ability to control who gets or doesn’t get the auto-response message.

Your responsibility as a subscriber to the TRINET Community

TRINET is a free thinking and acting society that encourages lively debate. However, with the rights of subscription, comes an equal responsibility not to abuse the system or its subscribers.

Subscribers are expected to:


  • Respect the diversity of TRINET subscribers and their cultural norms.
  • Be vigilant and sensitive about their postings and self-regulate  by ensuring that their postings respect others' opinions and feelings

  • Post only materials that are relevant to TRINET’s stated purpose

  • Use the same subject line of the original posting, so that those who are not interested in the debate can click the delete button.

  • Respect the principles of common decency and fairness by avoiding personal attacks

  • Take debates off line that develop in ways that are not central to TRINET’s purposes.


Some of the debates become highly political and quite contentious. While tourism is itself political, aspects of some debates may be disturbing to some subscribers. In this case especially we ask that debates occur in a professional and academic manner.   Debates tend to come to a natural end, but in some cases authors of such debates may be advised, after consultation with the International Advisory Board, to take the debate offline.


If abusive messages to the list occur, the owners of TRINET, after consultation with the International Advisory Board, may request the subscriber to desist; may give the subscriber a warning, or remove her/him from the list for a period of time.

What benefits do I get as a subscriber to TRINET?

The TRINET community is rich and diverse, spanning most parts of the world. Being a subscriber enables you to connect to the global tourism academic community.


It is a forum for intellectual discussion on issues relevant to its subscribers. Many subscribers find that the benefit comes after they make a thoughtful post in a discussion or debate, or make their own request for information and ideas for their own research. The individual responses, contacts and communications that follow can help create your own international connections.


It is also the primary medium used to disseminate information and request assistance.


What if I find that I am no longer receiving messages from TRINET?


The two most common reasons are: 1) your mail administrator or ISP has changed firewall or spam filter definitions and 2) your email address has changed. Messages are sent to the email address that you sent us when you first subscribed. If you are having problems or have changed your email address, contact the TRINET List Administrator