The Austrian Society of Applied Rese­arch in Tourism (ASART)
As tourism has been an important industry factor and a major cont­ri­butor to Austria's foreign exch­ange earnings for decades it is no surprise that this country has had a long tradi­tion of tourism rese­arch on the academic level. Rese­arch, however, has not always been conducted for its own sake and, there­fore, an orga­nized way of stimu­la­ting 'know­ledge transfer' is required.
By reco­gni­zing the need for evalua­ting theo­ries, collec­ting and analy­zing data, and feeding the newly gene­rated infor­ma­tion back into mana­ge­rial chan­nels, ASART has taken the chal­lenge and accom­plished these tasks:
The mission of ASART is the mutual transfer of rese­ar­ch-­re­lated infor­ma­tion from the academic commu­nity to the prac­ti­tio­ners and vice versa. Prac­ti­tio­ners and mana­gers raise ques­tions, not always in a very precise and ready-­to-answer format. Acade­mics react to these inputs, not always in a mana­ge­ri­ally condu­cive manner. But a plat­form is needed to keep the dialog going. ASART was founded in 1972 by the tourism divi­sion of the Austrian Chamber of Commerce, the Insti­tute for Tourism and Leisure Studies at the Vienna Univer­sity of Econo­mics and Busi­ness Admi­nis­tra­tion, and a number of tourism compa­nies.
Accor­ding to its bylaws ASART is a poli­ti­cally inde­pen­dent Vienna based non-­profit orga­niza­tion, exclu­si­vely financed by membership fees and dona­tions.
Tradi­tio­nally, the head of the Austrian Chamber of Commerce Tourism Asso­cia­tion holds the func­tion of the ASART presi­dent. The ASART board, respon­sible for the Society's current affairs, is composed of the presi­dents and top mana­gers from the industry.
In fulfil­ling its task, ASART provides a number of services to its members, most of which are provided exclu­si­vely to members, some of them are at reduced prices:

ASART Members

The ASART members receive a monthly news­letter that includes reports on rese­arch projects and confe­rences, reviews of the latest touris­m-­re­lated journal cont­ri­bu­tions and books, Internet mate­rial of common inte­rest, and a calendar of confe­rences and congresses on tourism subjects for three months in advance. More than sixty volumes appeared in the ASART Publi­ca­tion Series, all of which can be ordered directly at the Society's office. In coope­ra­tion with the 'Tourism Studies Austria' ASART offers members access to inter­na­tional lite­ra­ture sear­ches at reduced prices.
Another of ASART´s goals is to promote contact between compa­nies and students at the Vienna Univer­sity of Econo­mics and Busi­ness Admi­nis­tra­tion.
All graduate students elabo­rate their theses for commer­cial compa­nies on subjects they need rese­arch on. Regular meetings orga­nized in coope­ra­tion with the Insti­tute for Tourism and Leisure Studies assist students and ASART members to become acquainted with company repre­sen­ta­tives and offer an oppor­tu­nity to exch­ange views about future pros­pects and job alter­na­tives.

The Austrian Award for Tourism Rese­arch is one of ASART´s activi­ties with the purpose of encou­ra­ging rese­arch initia­tives. Annu­ally the best submitted rese­arch papers are awarded. The submitted papers will be subject to double blind review. The authors of the best rese­arch papers are invited to present their papers to the jury, which consists of both acade­mics and top mana­gers from the industry, at a public hearing.

How to become a member?
Compa­nies and private persons with a stake in the tourism industry all over the world may apply for membership. However, most of the publi­ca­tions, the news­letter, and the round table talks are in German. Membership admis­sion is decided by the board. At present the ASART has about 40 company members (called 'spon­sors') and 30 private members (called 'ordi­nary members').

For further infor­ma­tion please contact

Katrin Kirch­mayr
Welt­han­dels­platz 1/Buid­ling D2/Entrance A
A-1020 Vienna
Tel. +43-1-313 36 5917
e-mail: oegaf@wu.ac.at