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Tourism Public Lecture - advancing rural and community-centric tourism
Tourism Public Lecture - advancing rural and community-centric tourism


The Deputy Minister of Tourism, Mr. Fish Mahlalela will host a Public Lecture on the significance of rural and community-centric tourism in driving sector recovery and transformation.

Themed 'Rethinking Tourism: Opportunities Await in Rural and Community-Centric Tourism,' the public lecture will bring together academia and sector stakeholders to engage and exchange ideas on how to enhance policy and strategies to promote the development of rural economies to enable sustainable and inclusive tourism.

​Guest speakers and panelists:

  • Professor Urmilla Bob - Dean of Research - University of KwaZulu-Natal.
  • Dr. Julia Giddy - Research Associate - School of Tourism & Hospitality, University of Johannesburg
  • Ms. Jacqui Taylor - MD of Rural Tourism Africa and CEO of Agritourism Africa.
  • Dr. Lorren Haywood - Senior researcher at CSIR on strategic environmental management
  • Professor Anshu Padayachee - CEO: Technological Higher Education Network South Africa. (THENSA)
  • Ms. Zoliswa Mtinini Tuswa – Founder of Kwanda Voluntourism
  • Mr. Chris Phili - Chairperson of Claremont-Kwadabeka Community Tourism (CTO).

 The public lecture in hosted in partnership with the KwaZulu-Natal (KZNDEDTEA) Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs, Tourism KwaZulu-Natal (TKZN) and University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN).

 ​Members of the media are invited to attend as follows:

Day 1: Thursday, 13 October 2022 ​​​ ​
08:00 – 14:00

Domestic tourism activation - Inanda heritage tour

Kindly note: limited space & itinerary will be provided upon rsvp

​Day 2: Friday, 14 October 2022
08:00 – 14:00

Tourism Public Lecture

Venue: University of KwaZulu-Natal, MH Joosub Hall, Westville Campus, Durban


Media to confirm their attendance by 12:00 noon on 12 October 2022 to: Ms. Sindi Zwane – Media Liaison Officer (DT) via Cell/ WhatsApp: 0812674665 or