Hospitality and tourism management is a multidisciplinary field of study that prepares people with the expertise, commitment, and skills for management, marketing, and operations positions in the expanding industry that provides food, accommodation, and tourism services to people away from home. Tourism is currently the fastest growing industry in South Africa and is now a significant sector contributor to the country’s GDP, comparable with the resources sector for the first time in South African history. –

What they do

Practitioners range from travel agents, to tourist guides, destination resorts managers, hoteliers, and cruise line operators. Tourism and hospitality managers play a key role in sustaining and increasing the growth of this sector through effective marketing of South African products and services. They identify different target markets and design appropriate packages to meet the needs of travellers. Ecotourism management for example advances South African priorities with regard to sustainability, conservation and community development priorities. As a career which depends upon service as its cornerstone, it is the challenge of every general manager and his/her team to ensure that each guest leaves the hotel a satisfied and well-disposed customer. –

“I have no churlish objection to the circumnavigation of the globe, for the purposes of art, of study, and benevolence, so that the man is first domesticated, or does not go abroad with the hope of finding somewhat greater than he knows. He who travels to be amused, or to get somewhat which he does not carry, travels away from himself, and grows old even in youth among old things.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“To be ranked first out of all cities in the world, and against global destinations of this calibre, speaks volumes about the strength of our offering. It is especially exciting for me that these results are based on the experiences of travellers who have visited the various destinations.” – Western Cape Tourism Minister Alan Winde, on the announcement that Cape Town was the TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice No.1 destination for 2011

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    South Africa is ranked among the top 5 countries in the world in respect of tourism growth (growing at 3 times the global average)?
    Ecotourism is the fastest growing segment of the travel industry – growing worldwide by 30% each year.
    In 2004–5, South Africa attracted a total of 6.7 million visitors. According to Myburgh & Saayman (2002), it is virtually impracticable to separate a tourism experience in South Africa from a nature experience.
    According to the World Trade Organization (WTO), southern Africa could be looking at over 300% growth in tourist arrivals by 2020.