TREES: Tourism Research in Economic Environs and Society
Papers Presented at Conferences
60th AIEST ConferenceTourism Development after the Crisis:
Coping with Global Imbalances and
contributing to the Millennium Goals Potchefstroom, South Africa, September 12-16, 2010
Local organiser: SEIT
The 60th annual AIEST (International Association of Scientific Experts in Tourism) conference was held at the North-West University, Potchefstroom, South Africa on 12-16 September 2010. The conference theme was tourism development after the crisis: coping with global imbalances and contributing to the millennium goals. The theme addressed tourism in developing countries and related issues. Various tours formed part of the conference such as the partner tour during the conference, the pre-tour to Cape Town (8-12 September 2010) and the post-tour to Kruger National Park (16-20 September 2010). Some excursions included visiting Lesedi Cultural Village, The Pilanesberg National Park, and the Vredefort Dome World Heritage Site. Activities and entertainment included the Anglo Gold Ashanti choir, a drumming illustration where all of the delegates took part in and a traditional Mampoer tasting session. A total of 53 international delegates attended the conference. The delegates were from across the world and included countries such as America, New-Zealand, Thailand, Japan, Saudi-Arabia, Germany, England, Australia, Hungary, Finland, Slovenia, Belgium, France, Nigeria and of course South Africa. Not only was the conference a huge success, but a very high standard has been set for future hosts, which will be difficult to beat. Some of the comments received via e-mail from various conference delegates afterwards, included the following:
In every respect, I shall keep the best impressions of this AIEST congress
in Potchefstroom : the welcoming atmosphere, your family and your team, the
many interesting and breath-taking excursions, the wonderful food. maybe
with a special liking for the Ashanti choir.
If you wanted it to be perfect and memorable, then you achieved it.
With many thanks,
And my best regards
Having now returned to a cool UK (and an uneventful journey), this is just a
brief note to you and your team for organising an excellent conference. It
was really enjoyable and pleasure to visit South Africa.
I shall look forward to keeping in touch and will see you at the latest next
year in Barcelona.
Professor David Airey
University of Surrey
Surrey GU2 7XH
Thank you so much for everything.
The AIEST DVD was waiting for us at 6 in the morning on our departure day, and it is a very nice memory of a wonderful and very well organised conference.
Frank and I returned from Cape Town yesterday and had a great time there as well.
All in all, our first time visit to South Africa was an eye opener, and hopefully we'll return some day to your beautiful country.
Thanks again for all your help,
Frasquita and Frank
This night Frasquita and I viewed once more the amazing slide show
presented at our final dinner.
It brings back so many great memories of your wonderful staff members
and the efforts you put in to make the conference at Potchefstroom such
a huge success.
Thank you so much for caring and we hope to see you in Barcelona!
All the best,
Professor Frank M. Go
Rotterdam School of Management
Burgemeester Oudlaan 50,