7th Annual Tourism Research Seminar

Tourism Research Seminar is an annual event, an interactive platform for the universities to share the research findings and obtain constructive feedback from a wide range of stakeholders, thereby ensuring that the research findings are useful to addressing the needs of stakeholders in the sector.

Previous Seminars succeeded in bringing together researchers, industry practitioners, academics and other relevant government departments, to collaborate on tourism research and enhance research capacity within the tourism sector.


Department of Tourism will this year hold the Seminar under the theme: “Advancing Tourism Growth and Development through Research”. This theme is the standing theme embraces all the research studies that will be presented at the Seminar and it is also in line with the revised National Tourism Sector Strategy (NTSS) 2020 which is the importance and need for research in order to advance tourism growth and development.

The Tourism Research Seminar will be held as follows:

DATE: 15 March 2019 
TIME: 08h00 – 14h30 
VENUE:  Southern Sun Hotel, Arcadia, Pretoria 


Research Studies to be presented are as follows:

​NoResearch topics ​Research abstractsUniversities
​Leveraging State-owned tourism assets for black Small, Medium and Micro Enterprises development: a case of state owned parks, lodges and attractionsClick to access abstract​University of Johannesburg - School of tourism and hospitality
​2.​An assessment of the impact of mega trends in the tourism sector​Click to access abstract​University of Pretoria: Department of marketing management
​3.​Cross-Border themed tourism routes in the Southern Africa region – practice and potential​Click to access abstract​University of Pretoria: Department of historical and heritage studies
​4.​Indigenous Story Tellers (ISTs): Northern Cape as a case studyClick to access abstract​University of Pretoria: Department of historical and heritage studies
​5.​Panthers and Places: Filmic representation and destination imageClick to access abstract​University of Pretoria: Department of historical and heritage studies
​Development of a framework to assess the economic impact of coastal and marine tourism in South Africa – Phase (3)
Click to access abstract​University of KwaZulu-Natal: School of agriculture, earth and environmental sciences


In addition, a research poster exhibition will be held at the Seminar for postgraduate students receiving financial support from the Department under the MoUs to showcase their research work and obtain valuable feedback from sector practitioners and stakeholders. Delegates are therefore encouraged to engage with the students during the exhibitions. 

To reserve a seat, please complete the online RSVP form 

For further enquiries, please contact Mr Bernard Ripinga on 012 444 6369 or Ms Maria Mogane on 012 444 6351. Alternatively email ndtresearchseminar@tourism.gov.za


​Profile of keynote speaker

Profiles of presenters

Current research studiesResearch AgendaPost-graduate students research project exhibition