TOURISM CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE: Tourism Development & Education

Tourism Centre of Excellence
Tourism Development & Education


The Tourism Centre of Excellence was established to consolidate and develop Tourism product and skills knowledge and offerings to support strategies to grow economies and develop communities.


The Tourism Centre of Excellence is a community of Tourism specialists and professionals committed to making a difference.


The Tourism Centre is positioned to support and capacitate all Educators of Tourism at schools, FET Colleges, universities and private providers.


The Tourism Centre is well positioned to contribute to economic growth and job creation opportunities in Tourism


The Tourism Centre of Excellence community includes the:

• University of KwaZulu-Natal, Tourism Discipline
• University of Pretoria, Tourism Discipline
• Tourism, Hospitality & Sport Business School (THSBS)
• International Institute for Peace through Tourism, South Africa Chapter
• Countrystyle Community Tourism Network, South Africa
• Villages as Businesses, South Africa
• Energy Guides
• Dixie Bay Communications
• Amasiko Tourism & Training Services
• Umfolozi FET College
• Thekwini Sports Academy
• The Skills Mob
• Jeanine Topping & Associates

International Associations
• International Institute for Peace through Tourism, Vermont, Canada
• Countrystyle Community Tourism Network, Caribbean
• Villages as Businesses, Caribbean
• Western Hospitality Institute (WHI), Jamaica
• International Community Tourism Institute (ICTI), Jamaica
• Challenge Activ, Morzine, France
• The Sports Gurukul, Mumbai India


The Tourism Centre of Excellence (Tourism Development & Education) offers

• specialised Tourism qualifications
• Tourism extended study programmes including SAQA registered skills programmes and short courses – these include Entrepreneurship; Tour Guiding; Business skills; etc.
• CPD programmes, coaching and support for Tourism Educators – Teachers at Schools, Lecturers at FET Colleges and Private Training Providers
• research and development services
• Community Tourism: business development models and implementation
• Strategy formulation for Tourism routes and destinations and community development
• project management and consultancy services on Tourism Projects
• project managing exchange programmes and study tours – many overseas students visit South Africa to volunteer for Tourism and Community development projects.
• project managing study tours for schools and school teachers linked to volunteer community work – leadership; team-building; life skills; etc.
• community development and outreach programmes
• youth development programmes
• Financial Management services and training programmes
• Human Resource Management / Labour Law services and training programmes
• skills development management services: SDF; skills levies; workplace skills plans and related services
• SETA accreditation services: QMS’s; programme and assessment strategy development
• Curriculum development services
• publishing services
• establishing collaboration (associations, relationships and partnerships) with South African, African and international Tourism education institutions and other stakeholders


Don Leffler

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