In many countries, tourism research is advanced in terms of institutional coordination and continuous provision of reliable and acceptable research information in the sector. In South Africa, however, there are a number of limitations with regard to tourism research and information. The National Tourism Sector Strategy (NTSS) in particular indicates that although significant progress has been made in tourism research and information since 1994, there are still a number of shortcomings. In particular, there is limited knowledge and awareness amongst stakeholders regarding the research studies conducted within the country by the national government, academic institutions, provinces, destinations or private sector. As a result of this challenge, there is often duplication of efforts and wastage of resources. It is for this reason that the National Department of Tourism (NDT) undertook an initiative to consolidate research studies conducted within the sector in order to facilitate information sharing among tourism stakeholders.
The list comprises of completed research studies conducted as well as journal articles and conference papers published/presented between 2013 and 2015. Importantly, the list will be revised on a regular basis. It is, however, important to note that the list is limited to information received from participating stakeholders and as such, should not be viewed as exhaustive of all tourism research studies conducted in the country.
LIST OF COMPLETED RESEARCH STUDIES: 2013-2015