Professor Karen Harris addresses International Tourist Guide celebrations

Posted on March 14, 2017

Professor Karen Harris was recently invited to present research at two international events: The Sharing of Tourism Best Practice Workshop held in Kruger National Park from 27 February to 1 March with the theme “Destination Without Boundaries: Cross Border Tourism”. This was attended by representatives from over 20 African countries who showed an interest in becoming involved in this initiative. Prof Harris also addressed the International Tourist Guides’ Celebrations Day held on Robben Island, which took place on 2 and 3 March 2017. The event hosted government officials, including Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom, and over 300 tourism industry stakeholders. The theme of the two day conference was ‘Peace and Development through Guiding’. The Director General of the National Department of Tourism, Mr Victor Tharage , indicated that he saw this “as our first step towards the vision of a regional  training hub for tourist guiding”.

The National Department of Tourism has requested the Department of Historical and Heritage Studies to extend the Memorandum of Understanding they signed in 2012 in order to continue their research collaboration. Under the leadership of Professor Karen Harris and research colleagues Charlene Herselman, Hannes Engelbrecht, Alida Green, Richard Wyllie and Jane Dewah the one research project focused on cross-border tourist guiding within the southern African region.  The Department was then tasked to develop and roll out an on-line course for the SADC region starting with a pilot for the Namibian-South African corridor. This will commence in May 2017 in collaboration with Enterprises, University of Pretoria (Pty) Ltd – Training Solutions.

The "Sharing Best Practice Workshop" with representatives from Egypt, Ghana, Seychelles, Mauritius and Namibia Deputy Minster of Tourism, Tokozile Xasa, Professor Harris, and NDT deputy director generals and officials

The "Sharing Best Practice Workshop" with Mr Hannes
Engelbrecht, Prof Harris and representatives from Egypt,
Ghana, Seychelles, Mauritius and Namibia

Deputy Minster of Tourism, Tokozile Xasa,
Professor Harris, and NDT deputy director generals
and officials 

 

Published by Ian Macqueen

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