The Tourism and Recreation team at the NWU are the leaders in their respective fields.  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 association, namely Excursio, which also offers several opportunities to Tourism students, one of which is an annual tour. Become part of the winning team and participate in the journey! Follow in our footsteps.



After completion of this three-year programme, you will be able to manage and market a tourism business, as well as become a recreation manager.

You will, among other things, learn to develop and manage your own accommodation establishment, to manage events as well as how to optimise nature as a tourism attraction. In Recreation Science, you will learn how to manage people’s leisure time. This programme is for those persons who enjoy working with people as well as love the outdoors.

Several hotel owners, recreation managers and event managers share their knowledge and skills with students, and we also visit their businesses over a period of three years.


Admission requirements

  •  APS of 24
  • Mathematics Level 3 (40-49%)
  • Mathematics literacy Level 6 (70-79%)


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, guesthouse managers and event managers in both private and public enterprises.

Honnours 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 both the tourism and recreation industries. Already in your honours year will you become part of the research projects, where contact with industry is made. Admission to an honours degree in Tourism Management is subject to selection and capacity. You are also able to do an honours degree in Recreation Management.

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 arts 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)