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Welcome to volume 12, issue 2 of the Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Management. One of the aims of the journal is to provide a link between the hospitality, tourism, leisure, travel and event industries and academia. As in previous years, I have attempted to achieve this aim by using this mid-year issue to disseminate research from recent academic conferences to a wider audience.

An understandable criticism of academic research and the usefulness of the information generated centres around the length of time research results take to filter through to industry. Academic conferences have traditionally been the forum where university academics present findings from recently completed research, or indeed, present a synopsis of work completed to date in the form of 'work in progress' abstracts. The focus of this issue is to develop a closer relationship between industry and academia through the publication of papers from two recent hospitality and tourism research conferences.

The first of these was the Council for Hospitality and Tourism Education (CAUTHE) 15th National Research Conference, hosted by The Charles Darwin University and held in Alice Springs in February this year. As in previous years, this conference represented the major gathering of hospitality and tourism academics in Australia. Alice Springs 2005 continued this tradition and attracted over 200 delegates from 12 countries. Some 90 fully refereed papers and 100 working papers and PhD abstracts were presented across all disciplines. At the conclusion of the conference, the journal editorial board met to choose a representative sample of fully refereed papers, and the articles by Moshin, Crilley and Whifford in this issue are the result of extensive deliberations. These three articles represent a cross-section of the papers presented at the conference and demonstrate the diversity and quality of research in Australia and overseas. …