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The School of Economics, Tourism and Development Studies was formally established during the years of 2005 and 2006. It was renamed in 2007 the School of Economics Development and Tourism. It currently comprises of three departments:

The director of the School is Prof. Hendrik Lloyd who was appointed with effect from 2007. Dr. Pierre Le Roux heads the Department of Economics, Prof Richard Haines heads the Department of Development Studies, and Mr. Hugh Bartis heads the Department of Tourism Management.


The School of Economics Development and Tourism represents a unique and exciting initiative in South and Southern African. It brings together the disciplinary focus of Economics, and the advanced interdisciplinary span of Development Studies. In addition it provides highly relevant and vocationally rich programmes in Tourism Management at an undergraduate and postgraduate level. These three departments have a special synergy which expresses itself in a range of current and pending academic programmes (both undergraduate and post-graduate), as well as in relevant and leading-edge scholarly and contract research activities.

The Vision

The School for Economics Development and Tourism strives to contribute to the broader development of our region and the African Continent through relevant and innovative education and research.

The Mission

Exemplifies the NMMU’s central mission aims of being an engaged institution and facilitating sustainable development within the province, the country and Africa more generally.

Provides high-quality but cost effective education at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Provides relevant, and state-of-the art academic programmes.

Our school is highly research active, with a strong focus on postgraduate education.

 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. 
To find out more about the programme and how to apply, contact:

Mr Hugh Bartis
Programme Co ordinator (B Tech)/Lecturer
Tel: 27 41 5043766

Tel: +27 (0)41 504 4089
Cell: +27 (0)82 556 1680

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To find out more about the programme and how to apply, contact:

Mr Hugh Bartis
Programme Co ordinator (B Tech)/Lecturer
Tel: 27 41 5043766

Tel: +27 (0)41 504 4089
Cell: +27 (0)82 556 1680


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