The Department of Tourism Management

 

VISION

Within the overall vision for the University, to be the leading tourism educational and research institute in Southern Africa, thereby adding value to responsible tourism development in the sub-continent and beyond.

 

 

MISSION

To provide appropriate and quality tourism education, to undertake relevant tourism research, and to provide value adding community and industry support in the tourism sphere in Southern Africa and beyond.

 

 

THE VALUES UNDERPINNING THE DEPARTMENT’S MISSION

  • Dedication and commitment of the staff to the overall vision and mission
  • Quality, integrity and professionalism in everything undertaken
  • Commitment to the overall development of our students
  • Equal access to opportunities and services provided
  • Remaining relevant in the changing environment
  • Respect for all stakeholders
  • Continuous updating of knowledge and skills of staff members and establishing a lifelong learning approach
  • Adding value to the overall vision and mission of the University of Pretoria

 

TEN “FIRSTS” FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF TOURISM MANAGEMENT

  1. The first chair of Tourism and Hospitality Management at a South African University was established at the University of Pretoria in 1990. The Chair, which was initially funded by the Southern Sun Group, was established as part of the Graduate School of Management.
  2. The first dedicated Department of Tourism Management within a South African University was established in 1997 as part of the Faculty of Economic Sciences in the University of Pretoria
  3. The BCom and BCom Honours programmes in Tourism Management offered by the University of Pretoria, where the first programmes of this nature in Africa to be internationally accredited as part of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) TedQual Accreditation System.
  4. The first PhD Programme in Tourism Management in South Africa was established at the University in 2000.
  5. The first DCom degree in Tourism Management in South Africa was awarded in 2004.
  6. The first-ever Chairman’s Award of Merit from the Indian Ocean Tourism Organisation (IOTO) was awarded to the head of the Department of Tourism Management in 1999 “In recognition of his sterling support for IOTO in its early years and particularly for his special contribution through his creation of IOTO’s first strategic plan”.
  7. The first-ever SKÅL International Presidential Award was awarded in 2000 to the head of the Department of Tourism Management “In recognition and appreciation of his contribution to the development of tourism in South Africa”.
  8. The first World-TedQual Themis Award presented to someone in Africa by the World Tourism Organisation was awarded to the head of the Department of Tourism Management in 2002 “In recognition of his contribution to the global development of research, education and training in tourism”.
  9. The Tuks Tourism Management students are the most travelled (local and international excursions are integral to their programmes). Their philosophy is “Life is like a book and if you stay at home you only read one page”.
  10. The Tuks Tourism Students Association (TTSA) is arguably the most innovative and dynamic tourism students association in the world (open to challenges from other associations) and has already created the largest tourism banner in Africa (more than 500 metres).
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