Centre for Tourism Research in Africa (CETRA)

The Centre for Tourism Research in Africa is part of the Department of Tourism and Events Management, which is a department in the School of Sport, Events, Tourism and Hospitality in the Faculty of Business.

The mandate of CETRA is to highlight CPUT’s contribution to tourism and hospitality teaching and research in Cape Town, the Western Cape, South Africa and internationally; to facilitate research activities in the tourism, hospitality, sport and events fields; to bring together university researchers/ lecturers and practitioners (including public sector institutions) domestically and internationally in order to find feasible answers to applied research questions; and to encourage focused research clusters incorporating researchers and students from different CPUT departments and from outside the university.

CETRA aims to foster research on tourism development and contact between tourism research centres and individuals globally; to provide research facilities for students and researchers; to create databases and expand current databases relating to tourism, hospitality, sport and events; and to provide facilitation of dissertation supervision.


Mr Snyman Ohlhoff
Acting Manager
Room E3.70
Engineering Building
Cape Town Campus
Tel. +27 21 460 3022
E-mail: OhlhoffS@cput.ac.za

CARNiVAL Project

In 2013, CETRA joined a trans-continental network of partners on the CARNiVAL Project in order to examine why mega-events fail to deliver sustainable legacies and to identify best practices to leverage the positive impacts of these events. The project aims to understand the impacts of various types of mega-events, establish an active network of expertise on mega-event research, and to provide opportunities for research on cutting-edge sustainable event management practices. The results of this project will provide tools to ensure the maximum return on investment for mega-events host areas. This project is a partnership with universities in South Africa (Cape Peninsula University of Technology) Brazil (Federal University of Rio de Janiero), the United Kingdom (Coventry University), the USA (North Carolina State University) and Germany (Technische Universität München). The CARNiVal Project is funded by the European Union (EU) Commission and will run for a period of four years. The CPUT lead for this project is Prof Kamilla Swart.