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Students provide valuable insights into niche tourism markets for Gauteng
Tourism Management Division
Posted on 09 Dec 2013

Travelling to Johannesburg to present your key research findings and strategic proposals to experienced industry stakeholders would be a daunting challenge for most students. However, Tourism Management honours students, as part of their destination marketing module, embraced the opportunity and very successfully made presentations on their respective projects to the management and staff of the Gauteng Tourism Authority.

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Students contribute towards saving the rhino
Tourism Management Division
Posted on 27 Nov 2013

Students of the Tourism Management Division hosted two Save the Rhino events. The first was an exhibition in the Merensky Library of the University of Pretoria in October where ceramic rhinos, painted by students and lecturers, were showcased. The second event was a silent auction of these rhino artworks.

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Research project on skills development framework for the sports tourism
Tourism Management Division
Posted on 26 Nov 2013

Dr Felicité Fairer-Wessels and Ms Elizabeth Kruger of the Tourism Management Division, as well as Prof Anneliese Goslin of the Department of Biokinetics, Sport and Leisure Sciences worked on a joint research project with Thebe Exhibitions Project Group on a skills development framework for the sports tourism industry in South Africa.

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A focus on Sports Tourism Skills Development
Tourism Management Division
Posted on 22 Nov 2013

Elizabeth Kruger, of the Tourism Management Division, represented a team of researchers who shared their research findings on skills gaps in current sports training and opportunities available in South Africa.

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UP to affirm South Africa as a top tourist destination
Tourism Management Division
Posted on 05 Nov 2013

Leading academic in the field of national tourism destination competitiveness, Prof Geoffrey Crouch, of La Trobe University in Australia, recently visited UP to consult on the research project awarded to the Tourism Management Division by the National Department of Tourism. This project requires the research into South Africa’s tourism destination competitiveness.

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Strong educational links between Azerbaijan and SA discussed
Tourism Management Division
Posted on 13 Sep 2013

Talks about the development of strong educational links between the republics of Azerbaijan and South Africa took place at the Tourism Management Division in the Faculty Economic and Management Sciences.

Prof Dr Jafar Jafarov, Rector of the Azerbaijan Tourism Institute, the first wholly tourism-focused university in Azerbaijan, visited the Division to discuss the foundation of strong reciprocal links between the two universities for an exchange of academic staff and students up to doctorate level as well as collaborative tourism-research projects.

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Expert talks about importance of academics’ involvement in topical research
Tourism Management Division
Posted on 26 Aug 2013

Dr Keith Mason, Head of the Air Transport Management Group and Director of the Business Travel Research Centre at Cranfield University in the United Kingdom, recently visited the Tourism Management Division of the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences.

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Research on a model for matching tourism supply and demand
Tourism Management Division
Posted on 31 Jul 2013

Prof Berendien Lubbe, Head of the Tourism Management Division, recently presented a paper at the International Travel and Tourism Research Association's annual conference in Kansas City, USA.

Based on the University of Pretoria's Memorandum of Understanding with the National Department of Tourism, the Division of Tourism Management is closely involved in tourism-related projects, one of which was the development of a model for matching tourism supply and demand in South Africa.

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Research project on skills development framework for sports tourism
Tourism Management Division
Posted on 26 Jul 2013

Dr Felicité Fairer-Wessels and Ms Elizabeth Kruger of the Tourism Management Division, as well as Prof Anneliese Goslin of the Department of Biokinetics, Sport and Leisure Sciences, are working on a joint research project with Thebe Exhibitions Project Group on a skills development framework for the sports tourism industry in South Africa.

The project, commissioned by Cathsseta (Culture, Art, Tourism, Hospitality and Sport Education and Training Authority), aims to identify the skills development needs to be prioritised within the new National Sports Tourism Strategy.

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Students develop a strategic and operational plan for a hotel
Tourism Management Division
Posted on 27 Jun 2013

In 2013 the Division of Tourism Management partnered with City Lodge Lynnwood, to act as the case study institution for the modules Strategic Tourism Management and Key Aspects of Hospitality Management which forms part of the BComHons (Tourism Management) curriculum.

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Research on the future of travel management companies
Tourism Management Division
Posted on 07 Jun 2013

A topic receiving a lot of attention in the tourism industry lately is that of travel management companies and their future. This topic is currently being researched by Mr Ross Thompson, a MCom (Tourism Management) student in the Tourism Management Division.

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Generating income for SANParks through tourism
Tourism Management Division
Posted on 24 Apr 2013

Drs Felicite Fairer Wessels and Anneli Douglas from the Tourism Management Division presented a research poster at the 11th Annual Savanna Science Networking Meeting, that was held in the Kruger National Park in March 2013.

The theme of the Savanna meeting was “Savanna ecosystems in times of change: advances in adaptive management, ecological understanding and social connectivity.”

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Matching tourism supply and demand – A new model
Tourism Management Division
Posted on 24 Apr 2013

Staff members of the Tourism Management Division participated in a research colloquium hosted by the National Department of Tourism (NDT) on 12 March 2013.

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Tourism Management takes students “north-south-south” with a student mobility programme
Tourism Management Division
Posted on 05 Mar 2013

The Tourism Management Division has a North-South-South Student Mobility Programme and Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the University of Oulu in Finland.

The MoU was signed in 2005 and focuses on collaboration in the fields of tourism management and environmental studies. The collaboration has resulted in research publications, co-edited books and student exchange programmes.

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National Department of Tourism makes bursaries available for postgraduate studies in Tourism Management
Tourism Management Division
Posted on 05 Mar 2013

The Memorandum of Understanding signed between the National Department of Tourism (NDT) and the University of Pretoria in 2012, establish a formal basis of cooperation in support of tourism research and skills development activities between the NDT and UP. The NDT has made funds available to provide financial assistance to a number of postgraduate students at honours, master’s and doctoral level in pursuing tourism-related research studies commissioned by the NDT.

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Research on purchasing airline tickets
Tourism Management Division
Posted on 04 Mar 2013

When is the ‘best’ time to purchase an airline ticket in order to get the best price at the least effort?

This topic was researched by Mr Ogaga Udjo, one of the top BComHons (Tourism Management) students of 2012. The research was done under the guidance of Prof Berendien Lubbe, Head of the Tourism Management Division, and Dr Anneli Douglas, a staff member in the Division.

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Tourism Management puts on a new coat
Tourism Management Division
Posted on 28 Feb 2013

Many changes have taken place at Tourism Management. The Tourism Management Division is now situated in offices on the fourth floor of the Economic and Management Sciences Building. As a division of the Department of Marketing Management, the BCom (Tourism Management) programme has been adopted in order to prepare potential leaders for the tourism industry and to strengthen the Division’s research focus on the numerous developments within this dynamic industry.

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New Head for the Tourism Management Division
Tourism Management Division
Posted on 28 Feb 2013

Professor Berendien Lubbe has been appointed as the new Head of the Tourism Management Division. Prof Lubbe received a C-rating from the National Research Foundation in 2013 for research done in the emerging field of corporate travel management.

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Postdoctoral fellow appointed in the Tourism Management Division
Tourism Management Division
Posted on 28 Feb 2013

Dr Svetlana Surovitskikh has been appointed as postdoctoral fellow in the Tourism Management Division. Her research focuses on the South African aviation policy in Africa, covering the link between air passenger traffic flows and aviation policy, particularly the state of African air transport and air services liberalisation.

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Prizes in cash and kind
Department of Tourism Management
Posted on 22 Nov 2012

The Department of Tourism Management held their annual awards evening at the Sanlam Auditorium on 6 November 2012. At the function, prizes in cash and kind to the value of R37 000 were awarded to 24 deserving students.

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Recipient of NMMU Alumni Achiever Award for 2012
Department of Tourism Management
Posted on 05 Nov 2012

Prof Ernie Heath, from the Department of Tourism Management at the University of Pretoria, was one of the five recipients of the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s (NMMU) Alumni Achiever Award for 2012.

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City of Tshwane Spring Campaign. Tshwamazing Race. Team: Tuks Tourism
Department of Tourism Management
Posted on 02 Nov 2012

The City of Tshwane Spring Campaign is hosting what is called the “Tshwamazing Race” on 1 and 2 November 2012.

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BCom (Tourism Management) honours students work on tourism issues in Botswana
Department of Tourism Management
Posted on 31 Oct 2012

The BCom (Tourism Management) honours students undertook an educational excursion to the Okavango Delta in Botswana during the second semester of 2012.

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The Department of Tourism Management
Cyril Francis
Posted on 10 Aug 2012

The Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences has undergone a restructuring process with the purpose of moving towards a generic first year for the BCom degree, thereby reducing certain modules and building research capacity within all departments.

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Best research paper award
Sonja van der Waldt
Posted on 03 Jul 2012

Staff members of the Department of Tourism Management attended the International Conference on Tourism and Events: Opportunities, Impacts and Change, held during June in Belfast, Ireland.

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Tourism Management doctoral studies in line with Southern African tourism policies and strategic focus
Prof Ernie Heath
Posted on 13 Jun 2012

The Hotel Investment Conference Africa, with the theme “Recharge and Refocus: Navigating the Changing Hospitality Landscape”, was held in Durban during the annual Tourism Indaba.

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“Voetspore” on campus
Elizabeth Kruger
Posted on 26 Apr 2012

Johan Badenhorst, presenter of the famous “Voetspore” television series aired on KykNet, visited the Department of Tourism Management as a guest lecturer to the first-year class on 17 April 2012.

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The best Honours class ever
Cyril Francis
Posted on 25 Apr 2012

The 2011 BCom(Hons)(Tourism Management) class can be described as the best class ever in the Department of Tourism Management since its inception in 1992.

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UP Prof shares knowledge in Azerbaijan
Prof Ernie Heath
Posted on 16 Apr 2012

Prof Ernie Heath, of the Department of Tourism Management at the University of Pretoria, recently had the opportunity to visit Azerbaijan.

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Visiting academic from the UK
Cyril Francis
Posted on 14 Mar 2012

The Department of Tourism Management hosted Prof Rob Davidson, from the University of Greenwich’s Centre for Events Management in the Business School, on Friday, 2 March 2012.

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South African guest lecturer wins Best Teaching Award for 2010/2011
Sonja van der Waldt
Posted on 20 Dec 2011

Prof Ernie Heath, of the Department of Tourism Management, was a visiting professor at the International Graduate Centre of the Bremen University of Applied Sciences in Germany where he received the Best Teacher Award for 2010/2011.

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Honours Presentation for the Northern Cape and West Coast Excursion
Cyril Francis
Posted on 01 Dec 2011

The BCom(Hons)(Tourism Management) students presented their research findings and suggested guidelines for future tourism potential in the Northern Cape and on West Coast as part of their examination in the Strategic Destination Marketing module and the Advanced Attractions and Events Management module.

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Annual Awards Evening
Cyril Francis
Posted on 01 Dec 2011

The Department of Tourism Management held their annual awards evening on Tuesday, 8 November 2011 in the Sanlam Conference Centre on the Hatfield Campus of the University of Pretoria. Mr Franco Jordaan, General Manager of Court Classique Hotel and an alumnus of the Department of Tourism Management, was the keynote speaker at the event.

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Tuks Tourism Alumni Industry Workshop
Cyril Francis
Posted on 16 Oct 2011

Mr Cyril Francis, staff member of the Department of Tourism Management and five of the Tuks Tourism Alumni hosted an industry workshop for all undergraduate and postgraduate Tourism Management students.

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National Tourism Careers Expo
Cyril Francis
Posted on 14 Oct 2011

The Department of Tourism Management took part in the National Tourism Careers Expo, which was held at the Moses Madiba Stadium in Durban from 23 to 25 September 2011.

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Following the flower route of South Africa
Cyril Francis
Posted on 28 Sep 2011

The honours students and three lecturers from the Department of Tourism Management set off to explore some of South Africa's unique destinations, namely the Northern Cape and West Coast, from 7 to 17 September 2011.

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Department of Tourism Management active at tourism conference in Slovenia
Prof Ernie Heath
Posted on 22 Sep 2011

The Department of Tourism Management contributed on various levels at the 4th Advances in Tourism Marketing Conference held in Maribor, Slovenia from 5 to 8 September 2011.

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The Department of Tourism Management contributes to the inaugural conference on sports and events tourism
Posted on 22 Aug 2011

Building on the success of South Africa's hosting of the 2010 Soccer World Cup, the Inaugural Sports and Events Tourism Exchange was held in Cape Town from 27 to 29 July 2011.

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Unlocking the Save tourism potential of South Africa
Posted on 06 Jun 2011

Scientific, Academic, Volunteer and Educational (SAVE) Tourism is internationally an important area for tourism growth and has a significant long-term potential for South Africa and Southern Africa. As part of a long-term strategy to unlock this potential, Prof Ernie Heath from the Department of Tourism Management at the University of Pretoria, in collaboration with the George Washington University in the USA, is conducting a survey.

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Indaba two decades later!
Posted on 01 Jun 2011

During the early nineties, in his capacity as Deputy Executive Director of South African Tourism, Prof Ernie Heath had the overall responsibility for the international Indaba Tourism Exhibition, which is annually held in May in Durban. He recalls that those were certainly exciting and challenging times, as South Africa's new democracy was unfolding to pave the way for positive tourism growth.

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Adding value to the global initiatives of the FIA
Posted on 06 May 2011

Prof Ernie Heath was invited by the Federation Internationale de I'Automobile (FIA), to facilitate strategic workshops for its Travel and Tourism Commission and its Camping and Caravan Commission during its FIA Conference Week 2011, which took place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, from 21 to 25 March 2011.

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Joining The United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) Knowledge Network
Posted on 06 May 2011

Prof Ernie Heath has been invited to join the UNWTO Knowledge Network and has also been appointed to the Scientific Committee for the UNWTO Network Algarve Forum, with the theme 'Tourism and Science: Bridging Theory and Practice'.

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Another Cum Laude
Posted on 15 Feb 2011

Ms Elizabeth Kruger, a part-time lecturer of Tourism Management, completed the MCom in Tourism Management. The title of her thesis is 'A stakeholder perspective on mega-events as an element of tourism destination competitiveness'.

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First South African to be appointed to the Board of the International Federation for Information Technology and Travel and Tourism (IFITT)
Posted on 10 Feb 2011

Professor Berendien Lubbe from the Department of Tourism Management at the University of Pretoria has been appointed on the Board of the International Federation for IT and Travel and Tourism (IFITT). She is the first South African to be appointed on the Board of this prestigious organisation

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Collaborative Research Project between North Carolina State University and The University of Pretoria gains momentum
Prof Ernie Heath
Posted on 04 Feb 2011

The Department of Tourism Management at the University of Pretoria, in collaboration with the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management at North Carolina State University (NCSU), is currently conducting research to determine the feasibility of developing a cellphone-enabled network of tourism entrepreneurs among rural communities in South Africa.

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'Best Teacher' award
Posted on 25 Nov 2010

Prof Ernie Heath, Head of the Department of Tourism Management, received the "Best Teacher" award for 2009/2010 from the School of International Business at the University of Applied Sciences in Bremen, Germany.

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Department of Tourism Management contributes to International Conference on Global Sustainable Tourism.
Prof Ernie Heath
Posted on 23 Nov 2010

A best paper award, six scientific papers and a keynote address, were among the achievements and contributions by lecturers and postgraduate students of the Department of Tourism Management at the International Tourism Conference on Global Sustainable Tourism.

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Tuks Tourism students contribute to a Tourism Strategy Zambia
Posted on 27 Oct 2010

BComHons in Tourism Management students at the University of Pretoria, recently had the educational experience of a lifetime, when they undertook a field visit to the Livingstone area in Zambia.

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Adding value to the Tourism Industry
Prof Ernie Heath
Posted on 20 Oct 2010

The Department of Tourism Management continuously strives to build meaningful relationships and collaborate with public and private sector tourism organisations regarding training opportunities and relevant research projects.

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Celebrating Tourism Day
Elizabeth Kruger
Posted on 12 Oct 2010

The Department of Tourism Management celebrated national Tourism Month on the 22nd of September. The international theme for World Tourism Day for 2010 was 'Biodiversity'.

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Fifa World Cup brings MBA students from George Washington University to Tukkies
Prof Ernie Heath
Posted on 28 Jul 2010

Twenty MBA students from the School of Business at George Washington University recently participated in a strategic workshop, which was hosted by the Department of Tourism Management at the University of Pretoria.

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Adding value to tourism on a global level
Prof Ernie Heath
Posted on 28 Jul 2010

South Africa was well represented at the Travel and Tourism Commission Conference of the Federation Internationale de I'Automobile (FIA), which was held in Como, Italy during the period 17-21 May 2010.

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Contributing to the Tshwane International Trade and Investment Conference
Prof Ernie Heath
Posted on 28 Jul 2010

The Department of Tourism Management was well represented at the successful 3rd Tshwane International Trade and Infrastructure Investment Conference, which was held during the period 24 - 26 May 2010.

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2010 Soccer World Cup Opportunity
Cyril Francis
Posted on 15 Feb 2010

The BCom Tourism Management students (from first year to Honours level) have been given the opportunity to volunteer for SportsMark at the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

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Excellent Learning Experiences
Prof Ernie Heath
Posted on 25 Nov 2009

Honours students in Tourism Management, at the University of Pretoria, had the opportunity to do justice to the saying “Good theory leads to good practice and good practice leads to good theory”.

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Recognition by international professional body
Sonja van der Waldt
Posted on 14 Aug 2009

Prof Ernie Heath, Head of the Department of Tourism Management at the University of Pretoria, was one of thirty-four tourism marketing professionals from across the globe, who were recognized as Destination Champions at the 95th Annual Convention of Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI), which was held in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

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Facilitating A 2010 Tourism Knowledge Gateway
Posted on 02 May 2007

During 2006, a 2010 Knowledge Gateway evolved out of the development of TourGate, a broader-based tourism knowledge gateway, which is currently being implemented by the Department of Tourism Management at the University of Pretoria. The pilot phase for this initiative was undertaken in collaboration with the CSIR, with the support of the Innovation Fund of the National Research Foundation.

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UNWTO TEDQUAL CERTIFICATION RENEWED UNTIL 2008
Posted on 02 May 2007

In accordance with its commitment to uphold global standards of quality in tourism education and research, the Department of Tourism Management has been presented a renewal of the TedQual Certification by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) until 2008. This certification was first granted to the Department in 2000, the first in Africa, which has at its core a methodology and high standards with an international scope, to clearly define the quality of tourism education and research.

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