National Tourism Careers Expo (NTCE) 2017

The National Tourism Careers Expo (NTCE), in its ninth year and the third and final year in the Free State is a collaboration of three partners, namely, the Department of Tourism (NDT), the Culture, Arts, Tourism, Hospitality and Sport Education Training Authority (CATHSSETA) and the Free State Department of Economic Small Business Development, Tourism and Environment Affairs (DESTEA) as a host province.

The event provides an opportunity for tourism curricula experts to share information with tourism educators and learners and for stakeholders within the sector to share information on diverse careers available in the sector. It is designed to bridge the information gap between the industry, government, learners and educators. Under the theme: “Tourism alive with opportunities”, the expo aims to drive South Africa`s National Tourism Strategy’s goal of creating 225 000 tourism jobs opportunities by 2020. 

This platform is meant to facilitate interaction between the above groups of people such that information and knowledge can be shared on available education and training opportunities as well as to show case available tourism professional opportunities and their worth in the South African and global economy.

The 2017 event will be held on the 28 to 30 September at the PACOFS, Sand Du Plessis, Bloemfontein, under the theme “Tourism Alive with Possibilities”.

The Broader Objectives of the educators’ seminars are as follows

  • To share information that would effectively empower educators who teach tourism and hospitality subjects at high school level.
  • To update educators on industry developments as tourism and hospitality are dynamic subjects and
  • To attempt to bridge the knowledge gap of educators who happen to teach tourism and hospitality without any formal education and training on these two subjects.
  • To communicate the progress of the NTCE and e the educators to attend the NTCE

During the expo popular highlights will include:

  • Specialised areas within the expo that will cater to each of the sectors of tourism and hospitality.
  • Speakers Corner, where tourism entrepreneurs and industry experts will share their success stories and allow learners and students to interact directly with the speakers.
  • A job placement and recruitment service will also be made available to the learners.
  •  Private sector companies will exhibit at the expo where they will provide interactive, edutainment experiences for the learners and further show their commitment to skills development by offering a number of bursaries, learnerships and internships to learners attending the expo.