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RTS Business Meeting, 2001 AAG Meeting, New York, NY (2/27/2001)


Approval of 2000 Minutes


The agenda for the meeting was distributed with minutes from last year=s meeting in Pittsburgh. The 2000 minutes were approved unanimously.


Treasurer=s Report


Because of the timing of the AAG meeting this year (i.e., in late February) the latest information from the AAG regarding our budget has not been received. Also, because Lisle Mitchell, the outgoing RTS treasurer has been ill he has been unable to prepare a report. Thus, the report has been postponed until the end of March 2001. The complete treasurer=s report will be posted on the RTS list-serve.


Newsletter Editor=s Report


The news editor Robert Bristow wants to step down as editor. Karen Johnson of North Hennepin Community College (Minnesota) has volunteered to take over as editor once Rob shows her the ropes. Rob mentioned that the newsletter is on the web and members can download it for free. The next newsletter has been scheduled for May 2001. If anyone has anything specific they would like to contribute to the newsletter please send your materials to Rob.


Chair=s Report


Dimitri Ioannides announced the major accomplishments of the RTS for 2000-01 which included the presentation of a record number of RTS sponsored and co-sponsored paper and panel sessions. Dimitri who is stepping down as chair thanked the RTS board for serving and also extended his thanks to Alan Lew for helping him out in his tasks as chair.




The student paper competition was won by Hunter Shobe (a graduate student) of the University of Oregon for his paper ATerritorial Identity, Ethnic Identity, and Sport: The Case of Catalonia and FC Barcelona.@ Hunter receives $150 with his award.


Second prize was awarded to the undergraduate student Travis Wampler of Southwest Missouri State University for his paper ARoute 66: The forgotten modes of transportation, urbanity, and culture in America.@ Travis receives $100 with his award.


Congratulations to Hunter and Travis!


The Roy Wolfe award was granted to Allison Gill


No Rooney award was awarded in 2001



Alan Lew made a number of announcements concerning conferences that are coming up in the next year including one in Pescara, Italy, one in Guilin, China, and an urban tourism conference in Brugges, Belgium.

Dimitri Ioannides announced that his edited book on Mediterranean island tourism published by Continuum should be out any day now.

Dallen Timothy announced that he has been working on a number of book projects.


Suggested Sessions for Next Year


Next year is the international year of ecotourism and Dimitri wanted to know if one or more special issues could be developed for the Los Angeles meeting. He also asked people to think about sessions for the upcoming session and convey their ideas to the new RTS chair.


RTS Elections


The new RTS board for the period 2001-03 is as follows:


Chair: Dallen Timothy, Arizona State University


Treasurer: David Truly, Central Connecticut State


3 Board members: Keith Debbage (UNCG), Karen de Bries (KSU), Bob Pfister (UNBC)


Student member: Anne Soper (Indiana Univ., Bloomington)


Other Business


Tim Coles announced the upcoming IBG conference for January 2002 in Belfast, Northern Ireland.


Mark Okrant announced the upcoming TTRA meeting for June 2001


Alan Lew made the proposal that the outgoing RTS chair should stay on the RTS board. This was approved unanimously.


Richard Benfield proposed that the chair and the board use their disgression in subsidizing next year=s RTS field trip while in LA.


Following the meeting (at 8:00 PM) about 15 members of the RTS met at the Market Place restaurant within the conference hotel .