Public Lecture 2022

The hybrid Public Lecture will be held as follows: 

Date: Friday, 14 October 2022

Time: 08:00-14:00 (all delegates to be seated by 08:55) 

Venue (physical attendance): University of KwaZulu-Natal, MH Joosub Hall, Westville Campus, Durban

Virtual attendance: Zoom​​

The Department of Tourism in partnership with the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs, Tourism KwaZulu-Natal (TKZN) and University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) will co-host the Public Lecture as part of tourism month celebrations. The Deputy Minister of Tourism will host the event in an effort to share and exchange ideas with academia, government and other role-players with a view to enhance strategies, planning, programmes and policy decision-making within the tourism sector. The Public Lecture aims to achieve the following objectives:

  • encourage continuous engagements around rethinking tourism for the future and opportunities for sustainable and inclusive growth;
  • provide a platform for inclusive dialogue to identify solutions to realise rural and community-centric tourism’s potential as one of the drivers for recovery and transformation;
  • stimulate government, sector and civil society cooperation to ensure that rural and community-centric tourism is key in policy making and to support the recovery of the sector; and
  • encourage academia to conduct research to inform policies, programmes, and strategies with a view to guide and inform the sector’s recovery towards a more sustainable, resilient and inclusive tourism economy.


The focus of the Public Lecture will be aligned to the 2022 UNWTO World Tourism Day theme of “Rethinking Tourism” and the localised theme “Rethinking Tourism: opportunities await”. Hence, the Public Lecture is themed ​“Rethinking Tourism: opportunities await in rural and community centric tourism”. 

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