Tourism Research in economic environments and society

TREES focuses on research in conservation tourism (national parks) and event tourism (sport; cultural and music events and festivals) in order to determine how tourism contributes firstly from an economic point of view; which includes the amount of money generated; the number of jobs created; the extend of the leakages; poverty alleviation and multiplier effect. Secondly; the social impact of tourism is analysed; including how communities perceive tourism development and events and how it impacts on their quality of life; and also how they can benefit from tourism. The focus of this research programme is on the development of research methodology and models to measure and quantify; where possible; the socio-economic impact of events and conservation tourism in South Africa.

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Office of the Research Leader: Tel: (018) 299 1810 E-mail:

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C rating: M Saayman


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