African Journal of
Business Management

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Bus. Manage.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1993-8233
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJBM
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 4164

Full Length Research Paper

Are responsible tourism indicators in the event sector applicable? The case study of Gauteng province, South Africa

U. P. Hermann*, S. Geldenhuys and W. J. L. Coetzee
Department of Tourism Management, Tshwane University of Technology, Private Bag X680, 0001, Pretoria, South Africa.  
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 08 August 2011
  •  Published: 30 September 2011


Tourism policies and guidelines have been created by public sector and industry organisations around the world. In South Africa the government has indicated that sustainable and responsible tourism is the key to the future development of the industry. The tourism industry is multi-sectoral and the event sector is a new and popular research field. Sustainable tourism indicators have been used by numerous researchers and applied to various sectors of the industry but, little application can be found in events on the African continent. This paper analyses the use of tourism indicators in the event sector using Gauteng province as a case study, and found that this sector actively supports responsible tourism and that tourism indicators can be used to monitor the event sector.


Key words: Responsible tourism, tourism indicators, event sector, tourism guidelines.