Dr. Peter E. Tarlow is an expert specializing in the impact of crime and terrorism on the tourism industry, event risk management,
and in tourism and economic development. Tarlow earned his Ph.D. in sociology from Texas A&M University. He also holds degrees in
history, in Spanish and Hebrew literatures, and in psychotherapy. Since 1990, Tarlow has been teaching courses on tourism, crime &
terrorism to police forces and security and tourism professionals throughout the world.
In 1996, Tarlow became Hoover Dam's consultant for tourism development and security. In 1998, Tarlow's role at the Bureau of
Reclamation expanded. He was asked to develop a tourism security program for all Bureau of Reclamation properties and visitor
centers. In 1999, the US Customs service asked Tarlow to work with its agents in the area of customer service, cultural awareness,
and custom's impact on the tourism and visitor industry. In 2000 Tarlow, due to interagency cooperation on the part of the Bureau
of Reclamation, helped to prepare security and FBI agents for the Salt Lake City 2002 Winter Games. In 2003, Tarlow was asked to
take on special assignments dealing with iconic security for the US National Park Service.
Tarlow also lectures for Homeland Security. In that capacity, he has lectured to both urban and rural tourism areas across the
United States. Tarlow lectures at major universities around the world. He also lectures on the topic of prisons as breeding
grounds for terrorism for the United States Bureau of Prisons and for the Department of Justice's counter terrorism groups.
Tarlow has worked with US government and international agencies such as the US Park Service at the Statue of Liberty, The
Smithsonian's Institution's Office of Protection Services, Philadelphia's Independence Hall and Liberty Bell and New York's
Empire State Building. He has also worked with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, The Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and
the United Nation's WTO (World Tourism Organization), the Center for Disease Control (Atlanta, Triangle Series). Tarlow
speaks throughout North and Latin America and the Middle East and Europe on issues such as: the sociology of terrorism,
its impact on tourism security and risk management, the US government's role in post terrorism recovery, and how communities
and businesses must face a major paradigm shift in the way they do business. Tarlow has trained numerous police departments
throughout the world in TOPS (Tourism Oriented Policing Skills) and offers certification in this area.
Tarlow is a member of the Distance Learning Faculty of The George Washington University in Washington, DC. He is also an
adjunct faculty member of Colorado State University and the Justice Institute of British Columbia (Vancouver, Canada).
Tarlow is also an honorary professor at the Universidad de Especialidades Turisticas (Quito, Ecuador), of the Universidad
de la Policia Federal (Buenos Aires, Argentina, and on the tourism faculty at the University of Hawaii in Manoa, (O'ahu).
Tarlow lectures on security issues, life safety issues, and event risk management at numerous other universities around
the world including universities in the United States, Latin America, Europe, the Pacific Islands, and the Middle East.
Tarlow is a well-know author in the field of tourism security. He is a contributing author in the first major book on tourism
security book Tourism, Crime and International Security Issues (John Wiley & Sons) and has published numerous academic and
applied research articles regarding issues of security including articles published in The Futurist, the Journal of Travel
Research and Security Management. In 1999 Tarlow co-edited "War, Terrorism, and Tourism." a special edition of the Journal
of Travel Research. In 2002 Tarlow published Event Risk Management and Safety (John Wiley & Sons). The Chinese language
edition of Event Risk Management and Safety will be published in 2005 (I am not sure this occurred). Tarlow also writes
and speaks for major organizations such as the Organization of US State Dams, and The International Association of Event
Managers. He has recently completed two new major works, one on "dark tourism" appeared in "Niche Tourism" (Elsever
University Press) and one on theories of terrorism. Tarlow also writes and publishes "Tourism Tidbits," an electronic
newsletter on tourism and travel. Tidbits is read monthly in its English, Spanish, Turkish, and Croatian language
editions by thousands of tourism and travel professionals around the world. Tarlow is also a regular contributor to
the joint electronic tourism newsletter, ETRA, published jointly by Texas A&M University and the Canadian Tourism Commission.
Tarlow's fluency in many languages enables him to speak throughout the world (United States, the Caribbean, Latin America,
Europe, and Africa, and the Eastern Pacific). Tarlow also lectures on current and future trends in the tourism industry,
rural tourism economic development, the gaming industry, issues of crime and terrorism, the role of police departments in
urban economic development, and international trade. Tarlow has done extensive research on the impact of school calendars
on the tourism industries, on tourism crime, and on terrorism. Tarlow is also well known in the area of rural tourism having
lectured on this subject in numerous states throughout the United States. Tarlow publishes extensively in these areas and
writes numerous professional reports for US governmental agencies and for businesses throughout the world.
Tarlow has appeared on National televised programs such as Dateline: NBC and on CNBC. Tarlow organizes conferences around the
world dealing with visitor safety and security issues and with the economic importance of tourism and tourism marketing. He
also works with numerous cities, states, and foreign governments to improve their tourism products and to train their tourism
Tarlow is a founder and president of Tourism & More Inc. (T&M). He currently is the executive director of the Texas Chapter
of the Travel and Tourism Research Association (TTRA). Tarlow is a member of the International Editorial Boards of "Turizam"
published in Zagreb, Croatia, "Anatolia: International Journal of Tourism and Hospitality Research," published in Turkey,
"Turismo: Viso e Ao" published in Brazil, and "Estudios y Perspectivas en Turismo," published in Buenos Aires, Argentina.