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Message from the Rector

Thank you for taking time off to acquaint yourself with the programmes, services, facilities and opportunities that the Institute for Hotel and Tourism Management (IHTM) has to offer. We invite you to "Come into Your World"! A world that is undoubtedly full of excitement and opportunities.

If that is the kind of world you dream about and yearn for, then you are encouraged to read on.

Tourism is certainly one of the fastest growing economic sectors not just in South Africa but in the whole world and the demand for well trained industry professionals is growing every year. According to the United Nations World Travel and Tourism Organization (UNWTO) the number of international tourists exceeded 800 million in 2008, estimated to reach the one billion mark by 2010. The income or receipts generated from tourism is estimated at over 4 trillion dollars in 2008 and created employment for over a million people worldwide.

In South Africa tourism has been playing a leading role in the economic development of the country. International visitor arrivals in the country have grown from under 4 million before 1994 to nearly 10 million 2008. The revenue generated from tourism has also grown to well over R100 billion.

The North West Parks and Tourism Board is the provincial tourism authority with responsibilities for Conservation and Protected Areas Management, Tourism Marketing and Development as well as Hospitality and Tourism Management Training. The Hotels Schools Division is the operating unit responsible for Hospitality and Tourism Training.

We provide quality programmes that prepares you for the challenges and excitement that the sector provides. If you have the right qualities of being a peoples person, excited about providing quality service to clients, interested in enhancing the image of the country as a favoured destination for tourists then you might want to consider a career with us.

If you are looking to become part of these exciting times, then this is your opportunity to qualify in the field of your choice by registering with one of the leading organizations in the sector with the training institutions to match.

We invite you to come into your world - a world of beauty and excitement - a world of caring for people, a world of passion and enthusiasm - a world of excellence in service delivery - a world of creative energies - a world which is the future!

Welcome to the Hotel Schools Division of the North West Parks and Tourism Board.

(B.A.; PGDE; M.Env.Ed)
Rector: Hotel Schools Division