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CENTRE FOR TOURISM STUDIES


University of Port Elizabeth South Africa


Are you seeking an exciting career in Tourism?

 

If so, our BCom Honours in Tourism may provide

the key to your future


FACULTY OF ECONOMIC & BUILDING SCIENCES






 It is accepted globally that tourism, technology and telecommunications will be the three interconnected engines of growth in the twenty-first century

Tourism is providing an ever increasing contribution to economic growth and new employment opportunities in South Africa. Internationally, tourism is competitive business.  The Centre for Tourism Studies invites you to explore the exciting world of travel & tourism by registering for the one-year full-time BCom Honours (Tourism) programme or the two-year part-time programme at the University of Port Elizabeth. The purpose of the qualification is to provide students who have completed a BCom or a BA majoring in Economics or Business Management with an opportunity to steer their careers towards tourism. Students who have a National Diploma or equivalent qualification coupled with relevant experience may also apply.  

The BComHons (Tourism) programme will provide students with a multi-disciplinary and exciting learning experience. The programme is underpinned with a strong value commitment to supporting sustainable tourism development through social responsibility, environmental responsibility, and economic responsibility. The programme will equip students with appropriate knowledge, values and skills enabling them to develop as entrepreneurs, managers, researchers, marketers, teachers and strategists in the tourism sector anywhere in the world. 

Tourism is a remarkable industry capable of developing and diversifying the economic base of countries, regions, cities and small towns if it is properly managed.  While there are significant investments made by large companies in the tourism industry, the sector is underpinned by myriads of small businesses. For aspiring entrepreneurs, there are relatively few barriers of entry compared to other industries.  It is labour intensive with employment opportunities at all skill levels thus providing a major source of job creation. 

Tourism can contribute to the conservation of natural and cultural heritage as tourists value such assets.  In this regard, tourism provides valuable funds for conservation, the balanced utilisation of resources and support for sustainable development.  Tourism is also an important medium for educational and cultural exchange, community and regional co-operation and the promotion of international understanding and goodwill. Despite seasonal fluctuations, tourism is a 24-hour a day, seven-day-a-week industry but it is also a fun industry providing for exciting careers in a dynamic environment. 



THE ADVANTAGES OF STUDYING TOURISM IN THE EASTERN CAPE PROVINCE:
'
Eastern Cape the Perfect Incubator for Responsible Tourism Studies'

For the first time in the Eastern Cape, a B Com Honours in Tourism programme is being offered to postgraduate students wishing to steer their career towards tourism. The programme is coordinated by the Centre for Tourism Studies which was established at the University of Port Elizabeth exactly a year ago. Core and elective modules are offered at the University of Port Elizabeth, at the Educational Institute for Service Studies (EISS) campus in Port Alfred and at the world famous Shamwari Game Reserve. 

The Eastern Cape offers South African and international students a perfect environment for studies in responsible tourism management. Currently there are about 40,000 international students studying at South African institutions of higher education. The Nelson Mandela Bay metropolitan area is situated in a biodiversity hotspot providing a perfect incubator for producing world-class students. The programme will provide postgraduate students with a multi-disciplinary and exciting learning experience. The programme is underpinned with a strong value commitment to supporting sustainable tourism development through social, environmental and economic responsibility. The programme will also equip students with appropriate knowledge, values and skills enabling them to develop as entrepreneurs, managers, researchers, marketers, teachers and strategists in the tourism sector anywhere in the world.

The Director of the Centre for Tourism Studies, Peter Myles, in an interview said, "Tourism is a multi-faceted industry impacting on almost every sphere of society. Today many professional organisations are identifying business opportunities in the travel & tourism industry requiring specialist knowledge. Doctors, lawyers, accountants, bankers, economists, consultants, insurance brokers, environmentalists, sociologists, developers, architects, town planners, engineers and many other professional firms are establishing specialist departments or units to deal efficiently with tourism related issues. The firms with specialist departments have a competitive advantage.

Myles said, "Tourism is a remarkable industry capable of developing and diversifying the economic base of countries, regions, cities and small towns if properly managed. While there are significant investments made by large companies in the tourism industry, the sector is underpinned by myriads of small businesses. For aspiring entrepreneurs, there are relatively few barriers to entry compared to other industries. It is labour intensive with employment opportunities at all skill levels thus providing a major source of job creation".

"ourism can contribute to the conservation of natural and cultural heritage as tourists value such assets. In this regard, tourism provides valuable funds for conservation, the balanced utilisation of resources and support for sustainable development. Tourism is also an important medium for educational and cultural exchange, community and regional cooperation and the promotion of international understanding and goodwill. Despite seasonal fluctuations, tourism is a 24-hour a day, seven-day-a-week industry but it is also a fun industry providing for exciting careers in a dynamic environment".

To find out more about the programme and how to apply, prospective honours students, including those who wish to undertake masters and doctoral studies in tourism, should contact the Director, Peter Myles, at Tel: (041) 504 4089 or Cell: 082 556 1680 or send an email to peter.myles@upe.ac.za 

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To find out more about

the programme and how

to apply, contact:


Peter Myles, Director,

Centre for Tourism

Studies,

University of Port

Elizabeth


Tel: +27 (0)41 504 4089

Cell: +27 (0)82 556 1680

or send an email to

peter.myles@upe.ac.za   

You may also download

application forms for UPE

from UPE's website

www.upe.ac.za

 

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