One of the leading tourism research institutes in the world…

EFTI is involved in both applied and theoretical research on the future of tourism which supports decision making in key areas of tourism management. EFTI was created in 1992 by tourism faculty to serve tourism destinations and industries through research in Florida. Since its establishment, EFTI has been committed to excellence in research, and has evolved to become a major institute for tourism research in Florida and beyond. EFTI is dedicated to being the premier academic tourism research institute in the country with a focus on contributing to the long-term sustainability of communities throughout global society.


EFTI is committed to supporting the initiatives of tourism research and learning centers in the areas of Destination Marketing and Management, Crisis Management, Analytics, and Sustainability.


EFTI will become the leading voice for the Future of Tourism in Florida and the United States.

Eric Friedheim (1910 - 2002)

In a career that spanned more than 60 years, Eric Arthur Friedheim personified and shaped the travel and tourism industries into what they are today. As owner, publisher, and editor-in-chief of the weekly Travel Agent Magazine, he reported on all major developments in travel and tourism, logging over a million miles and 150 countries and eventually winning a place in the Travel Hall of Fame and a seat on the Tourism Advisory Board to the President of the United States.