During 2014, the Tourism Management Division hosted two Save the Rhino events. The first was an exhibition in the Merensky Library of the University of Pretoria, where ceramic rhinos painted by students and lecturers were showcased. The second event was a silent auction of these rhino artworks.
At the recent 17th Hamburg Aviation Conference in Germany, Prof Berendien Lubbe, of the Tourism Management Division in the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences, warned that the number of unredeemed passenger airline miles is reaching what some have termed “catastrophic proportions”. Prof Lubbe was the only South African invited to present a paper at the conference.
Two masters degree students in Tourism Management had the opportunity to share their research projects with stakeholders from the tourism industry during a research seminar hosted by the National Department of Tourism in March 2014. The student projects form part of a larger study, undertaken by the Tourism Management Division in the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences, on the development of a model to measure South Africa’s competitiveness as a tourism destination.
A research project done on mobile devices as a tourism distribution channel and the perceptions of visitors to national parks in South Africa found that visitors are not too keen to use the SANParks mobile website. In so far as the extent of the use of mobile devices is concerned, the results of this study seem contrary to those of particularly industry-related sources.
A pilot study was conducted by Prof Felicite Fairer-Wessels of the Tourism Management Division amongst selected non-profit visitor information centres (VIC) to determine whether the information managers have sufficient knowledge management capabilities in terms of tacit or explicit knowledge, the knowledge management information life cycle and knowledge management assets in terms of organisational processes.
The Tourism Management Division has a North-South-South Student Mobility Programme and Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the University of Oulu in Finland. Click here to read what Tanya Reynders, our student currently based in Finland, is up to in the land of the Aurora's, reindeer and 'salmiakki'.