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TRINET –  Tourism Research Information Network

What is TRINET?

TRINET is an email distribution list that connects members of the international tourism research and education community. Its purpose is to promote an open exchange of ideas, information, and opinions that are relevant to tourism scholarship, including theory, research, education, policy development, and operational matters.

Postings are primarily of an intellectual and scholarly nature. TRINET does not accept postings that are purely commercial. Announcements which promote communication, research, education and scholarship, such as conference announcements, new books, announcements of academic positions, and the availability of funding and scholarship awards fit the spirit and mission of TRINET.

Become a TRINET Subscriber

To join TRINET, submit a biosketch of less than 250 words that includes the following:

Full name
Position and affiliation
Phone number
FAX number
Email address
Research interests
Research publications (a list of your major works)

Send your biosketch, in the body of the email, to TRINET-L-REQUEST@LISTS.HAWAII.EDU

The above information is required to ensure that all subscribers to TRINET are active in tourism. Your information is kept on file for other subscribers of TRINET to access.

We look forward to receiving your information and welcoming you to TRINET!

Founded in 1988 by

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Pauline J Sheldon

University of Hawaiʻi

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Jafar Jafari

University of Wisconsin-Stout

International Advisory Board

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Sebastian Filep
Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Hong Kong

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Jim Macbeth
Murdoch University
Murdoch, Western Australia

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Melanie Smith
BKF University of Applied Sciences
Budapest, Hungary

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Neelu Seetaram
Leeds Beckett University
Leeds, United Kingdom


TRINET is a closed email distribution list. To request admission to the list, each potential subscriber is required to send a biosketch, to the TRINET administrator.

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

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

As of early January, 2018, there are more than 2,900 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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