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A kaleidoscope of tourism research:

Insights from the International Competence Network of Tourism Research and Education (ICNT)


Edited By Michael Lück and Claire Liu

The International Competence Network of Tourism Research and Education (ICNT) covers a wide range of research expertise in the fields of tourism, hospitality and events management. ICNT’s sixth book showcases a kaleidoscope of tourism and hospitality topics, ranging from tourism education to sustainable tourism, wildlife tourism, Brexit and tourism, and to travel intermediation, tourist motivation and experiences. The book explains the way tourism and hospitality are understood in different countries around the world. Consequently, this book stimulates thought and discussion on tourist experiences and management, from the viewpoint of various stakeholders. It provides a wealth of new knowledge and will be a valuable resource for students, academics, researchers and industry members alike.

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In Memoriam


Professor Melville Saayman

24/05/1965 – 14/03/2019

Peet van der Merwe and Elmarie Slabbert

Professor Melville Saayman was appointed at the previously known Potchefstroom University of Christian Higher Education on the 1st of January 1992 as a lecturer in the Department of Recreation. He was instrumental in the development of tourism management as a Science offered at the University in the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences. Melville conceptualised the development of the Tourism Programme, which involved a variety of BA, BCom and BSc packages, appropriate curriculum and textbooks to fill this gap in academia. He headed the tourism programme for 17 years (2009) after which his focus shifted to the further development of the research unit. Melville took over the Institute for Leisure Studies in 1995 and changed the name to the Institute for Tourism and Leisure Studies. In the early 2000s, the National Research Foundation (NRF) put out a call for the establishment of research entities and this led to the birth of the first tourism niche research entity called SEIT (Socio-Economic Impact of Tourism), after which the name was changed to TREES (Tourism Research in Economic, Environs and Society). In 2015, TREES became a research unit and to date is one of the most successful tourism research units in South Africa.

On a National level Melville served on several boards as a director, including the South African Tourism Board (SATOUR), North-West Parks and Tourism ←9 | 10→Board, Institute of Environment and...

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