TREES: Tourism Research in Economic Environs and Society
This entity has established itself as a national and international recognized research group with a clear focus and track record in producing sustainable research output as well as proven ability to obtain external funding. The work of TREES has been widely publicised in printed and electronic media.
From an international point of view our Forecasting Workshop attracted the top five international academics in this field and the event was a major success. One of the five key-notes has already been appointed as a research fellow. 2012 has proven to be an exceptional year. Staff qualifications changed, there was an increase in the number of articles published in accredited and peer reviewed journals, increasing from seventeen articles in 2011 to a total of 31 articles in 2012. This is the second continuous year that all permanent researchers published at least one article. As the table below shows that TREES research output in all categories, was significantly higher than in the previous two years except for the conference presentations. At the end of 2012 we have appointed four additional post-doctoral fellows. At home we have also played a key role in the first Hunting Indaba hosted under the auspices of the minister of Water and Environmental Affairs, Ms Edna Molewa. Results from our research are officially used by the National Department of Water and Environmental Affairs.