This special issue of Practicing Anthropology draws together an exciting and diverse set of papers and presentations on the topic of tourism written by both veteran anthropologists and graduate students. The study of tourism is no longer on the periphery of anthropology. Tourism's far-reaching connections and consequences for the tourist, the toured, and the anthropologist who studies them are clearly recognized today. The SfAA has long been a leader in encouraging the dissemination of tourism research by applied anthropologists. A quick online search of past Human Organization and Practicing Anthropology issues reveals 56 articles containing the word "tourism" in either the title or the abstract, with the earliest dating back to 1973. This tradition continues in this special issue, which addresses a number of contemporary issues in tourism and raises important questions about its global role.

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