The Tourism team at the NWU are the leaders in Tourism training in South Africa. Regular contact with industry, research projects and consultations keep us at the forefront of new developments that will also keep you a few steps ahead of the rest.

We have a very active Tourism student organisation, namely Excursio, which also offers several opportunities to Tourism students, of which one is an annual tour.


After completion of the three-year programme, you will be able to manage a tourism enterprise, but you will also understand the importance of tourism in the growing economy of South Africa, and you will be able to develop it to the benefit of the country.

We focus on the development of your skills and knowledge to be able to develop and manage your own or another tourism business. You will, among others, learn to:

  •  develop and manage your own accommodation establishment;
  • develop, market and manage events;
  • optimise nature as tourism attraction; and
  • understand the tourism economy and how it contributes to growth in South Africa.


To ensure a range of employment opportunities, you can choose between Economics OR International Trade modules that will expand your knowledge and skills over a period of three years.

Several hotel owners, conference managers and event managers regularly share their knowledge and skills with students, and we also visit their businesses. You will, therefore, work with people, and will also be exposed to economic information that can be utilised to grow the tourism industry in South Africa.


Admission requirements

  •  APS of 24
  • Mathematics Level 3 (40-49%)

Sites of delivery

  • Potchefstroom

Career opportunities 

Although this qualification offers graduates access to the entire tourism industry, BCom qualifications are focused on the management of the industry and businesses.  It creates specific access to careers such as tourism economists, tourism managers, marketers, researchers, lecturers, consultants, accommodation managers and event managers in both private and public enterprises.

Honours degree

The honours degree is focused on the core skills that are needed in the industry. The emphasis is therefore on the development of practical skills and you are exposed to several problems and challenges in the industry. Already in your honours year will you become part of research projects, which will enable the application of your practical skills. Admission to an honours degree in Tourism Management is subject to selection and capacity.

Masters degree and research

The research programme, namely TREES (Tourism Research in Economic Environs and Society) is focused on the solution of practice-oriented problems.  The current growth of the tourism industry lends itself to several challenges that offer many opportunities for research. We conduct research for organisations such as South African National Parks, Big Concerts, as well as several art festivals, such as Innibos and Aardklop. Students form part of the projects and gain valuable experience.

The completion of a magister and doctoral degree in Tourism Management equips you with research skills, critical thinking, problem-solving skills and so much more.

Enquiries about MCom and PhD studies: Mrs Hanneri Borstlap:

Other career options with tourism subjects

  • BA (Psychology and Tourism Management)
  • BA (Recreation Sciences and Tourism Management)
  • BA (Heritage and Cultural Tourism Management)
  • BSc (Consumer Sciences with Tourism Management)
  • BSc (Tourism-Botany-Zoology)
  • BSc (Tourism-Geography-Botany)
  • BSc (Tourism with Geography and Zoology)
  • BCom (Marketing and Tourism)
  • BCom (Communication)