Under the name «International Association of Scientific Experts in Tourism» (Association internationale d'experts scientifiques du tourisme», «Internationale Vereinigung wissenschaftlicher Fremdenverkehrsexperten», Associazione internazionale degli esperti scientifici del turismo», «Asociación internacional de expertos científicos del turismo») exists an association of persons engaged in or particularly promoting scientific activity in the field of tourism.
The registered office of the Association is located at the place of its secretariat. Its location may be changed by a decision of the General Meeting.
The Association has the character of a scientific society; its principal objects are:
The Association shall not undertake work already being adequately performed by existing institutions.
The Association has the following categories of members:
Persons may be admitted as regular members if they produce satisfactory evidence that, within the field of tourism, they:
Persons may be designated as honorary members, whether or not they are regular members, if they have rendered special services to research or to education within the field of tourism.
An organization may be admitted as an associate member with consultative voice, if it is an organisation or institution which is interested in or committed to the objectives of AIEST.
Each associate member, or body, is entitled to send participants to the Association's annual conference, provided that their representation does not exceed a maximum of three delegates.
AIEST members can apply for Senior Membership the year after their retirement begins and under the following conditions:
Persons may be admitted as junior members if they are a scientific expert at an early stage of their academic or professional career according to Article 4, section 1. Junior membership expires after a maximum of five years and entitles the holders to become regular members without any formal application.
Membership is granted by the Committee of the Association and must be supported by an AIEST member.
Membership of the categories set out in Article 4 expires:
Members who have resigned or who have been excluded from membership have no claims of any kind on the Association.
The organs of the Association are:
The General Meeting consists of the regular, senior and junior members as defined in Article 4, sections 1, 4 and 5, and is held normally at least once a year. The associate members as defined in Article 4, section 3, are invited to take part with a consultative voice.
The General Meeting is convened by the President on the decision of the Committee, at least two months before the date of the meeting. The notice convening the meeting must state the business to be dealt with, on which alone the General Meeting may decide.
The General Meeting has, in particular, the following powers:
Each regular, senior, honorary and junior member has one vote at the General Meeting. The associate-members as defined in Article 4, section 3, have a consultative voice only.
All voting and elections take place by a show of hands unless the General Meeting decides otherwise.
Voting and elections are decided by a simple majority of the members present. In the case of equal numbers of votes, the President has the casting vote.
A two-thirds majority of the members present is required to decide amendments of the By-Laws.
A two-thirds majority of the members present is required to decide on the dissolution or liquidation of the Association.
The Committee consists of at least five regular members.
The period of the office of the Committee is four years; members are eligible for re-election.
The Committee has, in particular, the following powers:
The Committee meets at least once a year. It is convened by the President. Its resolutions are decided by a simple majority and in the case of equal numbers of votes, the chairman has a casting vote. Voting must be unanimous for:
The Secretariat General consists of a Secretary and any assistant staff.The Secretary General, who must be a regular member, is elected for a period of four years, and is eligible for re-election.
The Secretary General prepares and executes the work of the Association under the direction of the President on behalf of its respective organs.
The Auditors are two regular members who must not be members of the Committee or of the Secretariat General of the Association.
The Auditors are elected for a period of four years and are eligible for re-election. They examine the annual accounts of the Association and submit a written report on them to the General Meeting and to the Committee.
The General Meeting may commission a fiduciary society to carry out the audit.
The Association derives its funds from:
The use of funds of the Association is decided in accordance with Article 12, section 4, by the Committee on the basis of an annual budget submitted for approval to the General Meeting, unless otherwise decided in accordance with Article 9, section 2.
The General Meeting determines the allowances to be paid to the President, the Committee and the Secretary General (Article 9, section 3) and the Committee decides on the engagement and conditions of employment of assistant staff of the Secretariat General (Article 12, section 5).
The liability of the Association is limited to its capital. The liability of the members is limited to their subscriptions.
The financial year begins on 1 January and ends on 31 December of each year.
The notifications of the Association are published in «The Tourism Review» («Revue de Tourisme», «Zeitschrift für Tourismus»).
In the event of dissolution of the Association being decided upon (Article 9, section 6, and Article 10, paragraph 5), the Committee appoints the liquidators.
Any surplus remaining after the repayment of debts, will be handed over in accordance with the decision of the General Meeting which has agreed upon the dissolution, to institutions devoted to research, study and education in tourism.
These By-Laws were approved by the General Meeting of the Association in Montreux on 2 September 1986. They include amendments which were approved by the General Meeting of Association in Breinerd (USA) on 29 August 2005, in Macau, (China) on 20 August 2007 and in Barcelona (Spain) on 29 August 2011.
They supersede those approved by the inaugural meeting in Rome on 31 May 1951, and the General Meetings in Palermo on 23 June 1954, in Stresa on 24 September 1960,in Belgrade on 5 September 1975 and in Alexandria on 21 September 1978.
AIEST, International Association of Scientific Experts in Tourism
Prof. Dr. Peter Keller
Prof. Dr. Christian Laesser