Growing tomorrow’s tourism leaders

Tomorrow’s colloquium hosted by the School of Tourism and Hospitality (STH), within the Faculty of Management at the University of Johannesburg (UJ), will highlight the invaluable role that tourism and mega-events can play in destination growth and development.

The 2011 STH Colloquium, with the theme “Building leaders and managers for the Tourism and Hospitality Industry”, scheduled for 14 September 2011 at the UJ’s Auckland Park Bunting Road Campus, Johannesburg, incorporates the views of leading South African and international educators, researchers and industry executives engaged in the day-to-day reality of South African tourism and hospitality.

Speaker at this year’s colloquium include the Deputy Minister of Tourism Tokozile Xasa, director of the International Labour Organisation Vic van Vuuren and the executive director of Fair Trade in Tourism South Africa Jennifer Seif.

Peter Kriel, acting director of STH, says: “Hospitality and tourism is a fast-growing and global industry that is taking on an important role in the global economic landscape. Future leaders with vision and the right skills are needed if the industry is to respond to opportunity and grow success. Developing the potential of these future leaders requires investment and innovative training and this colloquium will provide a forum to reflect on the impact of the correct leadership from a tourism perspective.”

The STH colloquium coincides with Tourism Month and complements the annual Tourism Educators South Africa (TESA) student conference on 13 September 2011. The TESA conference, hosted by UJ’s STH, is focused on research in tourism and hospitality. A student cultural exhibition on both days, showcases the different cultures of South Africa and abroad.

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