CAUTHE began to form in the late 1980s and was officially established in Sydney on 19 June 1992. CAUTHE is comprised of Chapters covering the various higher education providers of bachelor degree level and above in Australia and New Zealand which are involved in the teaching, research and or administration of tourism, hospitality and/or events education. In addition to Chapter membership, CAUTHE offers Affiliate membership for those organisations interested in hospitality, tourism and/or events. Individuals are eligible for Associate or Student membership. Fellow membership is granted to people in recognition of enduring commitment in the field.
CAUTHE provides opportunities for networking with other academics who are interested in hospitality, tourism and events education and research through involvement in conferences, mid-year meetings, special interest groups and PhD Scholar, Early Career Researcher, Mid-Career Academic and other workshops. The annual conference has traditionally been organised by a host committee drawn from a single institution or a consortium of closely located institutions, for academics, students and industry. The first annual conference was held in 1993, with two conferences having been held prior to the formalisation of CAUTHE in 1988 and 1991.
The official journal of CAUTHE is the Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Management, Editor-in-Chief, Professor Marianna Sigala and published by Elsevier. The journal is committed to a broad range of topics including tourism and travel management, leisure, recreation studies and event management. It contains both theoretical and applied research papers, and encourages the submission of the results of collaborative research undertaken between academia and industry.