Tourism has been regarded as one of the most important social movements in the contemporary world. Many of its protagonists, professionals, travelers and tourists, in the process of discovery of new experiences, cultures and landscapes, were often their guardians, without knowing it, by keeping in their possessions those who are now the cornerstones for the establishment of a collective memory.
In Portugal there has always been a desire to establish a museum dedicated to tourism. The idea of creating a museum of Tourism, or at least a small museum that should welcome the elements of existing publications and tourism, first appeared in an article published in the Journal of Tourism (1982).
In 2011, the Estoril Higher Institute for Tourism and Hotel Studies (ESHTE) designed a pioneering project in Portugal and internationally, which consists in the creation of the Virtual Museum of Tourism aiming at the musealisation of tourism.
The virtualization presents itself not only as a most efficient and easier way to gather the museum pieces to display and archive, but at the same time to dramatically reduce the investment needed to meet the implementation always postponed of such an infrastructure.