The second-semester issue had been always launched in December. Nevertheless, today (September 30th) is the day of my retirement from Huelva University and the day I leave the journal I promoted and started 12 years ago, at zero cost for everyone, including the University. This is why on this particular occasion this issue is released earlier.

In this emotional moment, it is more than fair to mention my three main, loyal and generous collaborators during all this time (in alphabetical order): Dr Anestis Fotiadis (Zayed University, United Arab Emirates), Dr Brendan Paddison (York St John University, United Kingdom) and Dr Mirko Perano (University of Salerno, Italy). They have been a blessing for me and the journal.

There is no journal without authors, reviewers and readers. My gratitude to all of them, particularly for the altruistic effort carried out by reviewers from all over the globe serving the tourism academic community. Counting on them was a privilege.

I hope (although this does not depend on me) that you will be notified soon about the new person/s in charge and how the future of the journal will be.

I take advantage of this final opportunity to say goodbye and, from the bottom of my heart, thank you to those of you who have helped in any sense (including, obviously, the Publishing Service of Huelva University), even simply showing your interest in the ET journal. Finally, my apologies in case of any mistake made or inconvenience caused.

Receive my best wishes,

Alfonso Vargas-Sánchez