Approval of 1997 Minutes – Barbara Carmichael
The agenda for today's meeting was distributed with the minutes of the last year's meeting from Fort Worth, Texas. The 1997 minutes were approved unanimously.
Treasurer's Report – Lisle Mitchell
The treasurer's report showed a balance of $1447.61. This report was approved unanimously.
Balance as of 28 March 1997 $936.14
Dividends (12 months) $27.63
AAG Dues (1997) $620.00
AAG Dues (1998) $509.00
Student Awards (1997) $250.00
AAG Luncheon (1997) $70.00
Rooney Award Dinner (1997) $20.00
AB&T Trophy Company (1998) $88.20
Nesletter (1998) $214.96
Bank Charge (1998) $2.00
Balance as of 24 March 1998 $1,447.61
Newsletter Report – Barbara Carmichael
Unfortunately, Bob Janiskee was unable to attend AAG this year. He published two newsletters over the previous year and is interested in turning over the newsletter to someone else. A request for volunteers was made and after the meeting and with the board's approval, Rob Bristow from Westfield College will take over editorship for the December newsletter. For the twelve month period just prior to the meeting RTS had 225 members (down a bit from previous years). The RTSNET Discussion list has 130 members (counted in 1997).
Chair's Report – Barbara Carmichael
Barbara Carmichael thanked the study group for supporting women in geography, since she is the first female chair of the group (and second Canadian).
1. 1998 Meeting Summary: For the 1998 meeting RTS sponsored 5 paper sessions although
another 6 paper sessions had a RTS theme. In addition, there were two panel sessions
sponsored by RTS which were well attended.
2. 1999 Honolulu Meeting:
• Student travel: The group agreed to use some of RTS funds to subsidise student travel
to Honolulu. Those who apply to AAG by June 30 with their acceptable abstracts but fail
to receive funding may be awarded $200 from RTS as far as funding allows (up to
$1,000 should be available). Students will be selected using a random selection process.
• IGU Sustainable Tourism Group: It was agreed that RTS group should invite the IGU
sustainable tourism group to participate in and co-sponsor sessions in Hawaii.
• Suggested sessions: Members suggested sessions in the following areas: Malls and
Tourism – Jerry Gerlach, Tourism and the South Pacific – Ann Marie D'Hauteserre,
Heritage Tourism – Charles Stansfield, Tourism and War, Rudi Hartmann, Sport
Geography – Ted Gouge, Special Populations and Recreation, Margaret Pawlick . Since
the meeting, it was suggested by Lisle Mitchell that we try a change of format for this
forthcoming meeting. (See the newsletter for May).An intensive illustrated poster
session format sounds very effective and would be well supported by aag for scheduling
purposes. The IGU study group are planning a session on Tourism and Migration as part
of our programme.
3. Other Issues
• A motion was proposed to changed the name of the study group to Leisure Geography.
After discussion, and as there was no one to second the motion, the motion was not voted
• A motion was proposed to increase the amount of the prizes for student papers. As there
is already flexibility in the amount awarded, this motion was deemed unnecessary.
• Geography in America – Klaus Meyer Arendt will be the author of the RTS chapter in
this forthcoming publication. A number of RTS members agreed to help him as needed.
Awards – Barbara Carmichael
7. Student Paper Competition: Barbara Carmichael announced the winner of the RTS Student
Paper Competition. First prize went to Lisa De Chano from South West Texas State
University for her paper "Geographical Analysis of NHL Player Origins." No other student
paper awards were made this year.
8. John Rooney Award for 1998: The second John Rooney Award
for Applied RTS Geography
was given to Mark Okrant from Plymouth State College for his continuing outstanding work
in New Hampshire tourism planning. Since 1990, he has co-ordinated research for the New
Hampshire office of Travel and Tourism Development. He has also completed travel
research for a number of communities, resorts, states and provinces(including New
Hampshire, Georgia, Alaska and Nova Scotia).
9. Roy Wolfe Award: The Roy Wolfe Award for outstanding
contributions to RTS geography
was given to Klaus Meyer Arendt. Klaus is a past Chair of RTS study group. His work
focuses on tourism and te environment, resort cycles, and, more recently, casinos. His new
book co-edited with Rudi Hartmann has just been published: Casino Gambling in America:
Origins, Trends and Impacts, Elmsford, NY: Cognizant Communications, 1998. Many of
the chapters in this book originated from presentations in RTS sessions in past meetings.
1. The Journal of Cultural Geography is to publish a special issue in tourism on Heritage
Tourism, ed. Charles Stansfield. An issue on Gambling has also been suggested for the
future, ed. Klaus Meyer Arendt.
2. Sports Place is back in circulation and there is a call for papers.
3. Tourism Geographies. A new journal was announced,
edited by Alan Lew, Northern
Arizona University and past chair of RTS. In the meeting we discussed an affiliation with
Tourism Geographies but the decision was made to congratulate Alan on taking the initiative
in founding the journal rather than approving a formal affiliation. After the meeting, Alan
contact the board with a new motion which was voted on and accepted. The notion was to
establish a relationship between the group and the journal and to demarcate the limits of that
relationship. The motion states that
The Recreation, Tourism and Sport
Specialty Group of the Association of
American Geographers approves to be informally affiliated with the Tourism
Geographies journal. Under this affiliation, the chair of the RTS Specialty
Group shall be allowed to serve on the Editorial Board of Tourism
Geographies as a Consulting Editor, or shall appoint someone to serve in her
or his place, and the study group's informal affiliation shall be indicated in
the journal's masthead. In addition, the Tourism Geographies journal shall
provide space for the RTS Specialty Group to publish news and reports of
group activities. This motion does not commit or indicate support for the
journal from the Association of American Geographers, does not involve any
exchange of money, and does not allow the journal to use any logo of the
Association of American Geographers.
The meeting adjourned at 7:45 p.m. About 20 members had dinner
after the meeting at a seafood
restaurant in downtown Boston, where discussion and socialising continued.
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