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CIRET's Data bases on the tourism, leisure, outdoor recreation and hospitality industry

Dear Colleague,

Tourism is not and will never be a science but rather an activity, such as industry, agriculture, transport. It is the reason why universities, until recently, were afraid to tackle a subject that was considered as a "frivolous" thing and necessitating a pluri- and interdisciplinary approach. But things have fortunately changed. Recognizing that tourism scores such a national and international success, universities have decided to create throughout the world numerous Faculties, Schools, Institutes, Centres, Laboratories… The globalisation of the tourism industry has been followed by the globalisation of the learning , the teaching and the research in tourism, leisure, outdoor recreation and hospitality industry.

The number of teachers and researchers involved in the tourism, leisure, outdoor recreation and hospitality industry has responded to that sudden growth. In order to meet their vital need " to publish or to perish, " scientific reviews are more and more numerous and publishers have launched new tourism collections.

Nevertheless, that multiplication of an expensive scientific literature does not facilitate easy access to the researchers scattered throughout the world.

In order to reduce that waste of time, money and energy, CIRET (Centre International de Recherches et d'Etudes Touristiques) has created on its website http://www.ciret-tourism.com an evolutionary worldwide directory of academic institutions (today 841 in 111 countries) and an evolutionary worldwide directory of individual researchers (today 5,402 in 119 countries) specialised in tourism, leisure, outdoor recreation and hospitality industry. Institutions and individual researchers not yet quoted in the data bases are invited to enter directly and free of charge their informations through the CIRET's website - Index "Registration forms".

To make easier the accessibility of the international touristic literature to the worldwide scientific community, I have already and personally analysed 170,317 documents - books, articles,reports - (64,864 when I was Director of the Centre des Hautes Etudes Touristiques of the University of Aix-Marseille - of which I have preserved the legal property of the computerized analysis - and 105,453 since the creation of CIRET in 1997) . These documents are accessible through a thesaurus of more than 1,600 key words and a geographical index. The thesaurus, the geographical index and a model of the analysis of a book and of an article are found on the CIRET's website.

CIRET has, since its creation, systematically invested in the scientific dissemination of the analysis of the worldwide pluri- and interdisciplinary literature on the tourism, leisure, outdoor recreation and hospitality industry. A selection of testimonials quoted on the CIRET's website confirms this leadership.

Academic institutions and individual researchers already mentioned in the data bases have an access - free of charge - to a selection of the international literature by theme(s) and (or) country. They are invited to directly contact CIRET by email ciret@free.fr and to submit their questions. They will receive in return by email the selected references of the documents, all located in the CIRET's library.

In exchange, I would be very grateful to receive a complimentary copy for review and inclusion in the abstract and indexing listing in their publications.

On site use of CIRET's library is available free of charge to qualified researchers.

If you are convinced by the quality and the quantity of the informations and services delivered by CIRET's data bases, I would appreciate very much if you could insert a link in your website.

Yours sincerely.

Mr. René BARETJE - KELLER President Centre International de Recherches et d'Etudes Touristiques  Emeritus Member of the International Academy for the Study of Tourism.  6 Avenue de Grassi  13100 Aix-en-Provence ( France) 

Phone = (33) 04 42 96 99 35  Fax = (33) 04 42 23 37 20 


ciret@free.fr / rbaretje@free.fr