Dr. Deborah J. Johnson: Vice Dean: Innovation

Deborah Johnson has been actively involved in the tourism and hospitality industry for over 25 years. Deborah worked for South Africa Tourism (SATOUR) and was based in the Cape Town office (1988 -1996). She was the Head of Department for Tourism and Event Management at Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT, 1996 – 2008). Deborah worked abroad for four years and was based in Saudi Arabia and was Vice Dean of Innovation and Strategic Partnerships for Prince Sultan College for Tourism and Business (2009 – 2012).

Deborah is responsible to position TPHS as a global player. She is responsible to network the Africa and Middle East regions. Deborah also lecturers at TPHS. Deborah is dedicated to develop best practice for the tourism and hospitality industry and to create new opportunities for the tourism and hospitality leaders of tomorrow. Deborah was responsible for developing the first undergraduate Event Management qualification which was approved by the South African Qualification Authorities and endorsed by the Event Management Body of Knowledge (EMBOK, United States of America). She developed the framework for the BTech in Event Management, a post-graduate qualification aimed at the professional event industry. Deborah co-ordinated and reviewed all the tourism and event offerings of CPUT. While serving at CPUT Deborah was advisor to the Western Cape Education Department on developing tourism as a subject for schools. She served on numerous industry councils and committees such as FEDHASA, SAACI, TESA, former THETA, SAQA Tourism Scoping Committee, Institute of Event Management, SETA for Events, CPUT Tourism and Events Advisory Committee, CPUT Faculty Management Board, CPUT Senate Committee and Government committees advising on tourism matters. Deborah has extensive international experience and travelled to Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Kuwait, Qatar, Jordan, Egypt, France, United Kingdom, Greece, Cyprus, Turkey and Switzerland to establish links with Colleges and Universities on behalf of Prince Sultan College for Tourism and Business (PSCJ - Saudi Arabia). She served on the Executive Committee of PSCJ and assisted with developing various initiatives for the College such as the Khaled Al-Faisal Tourism Research Centre, the Tourism and Hospitality Training Centre and curriculum development of professional short programmes in tourism and hospitality for the Saudi Arabian tourism and hospitality industry.

Deborah co-authored a chapter on tourism development in Saudi Arabia for Professor Jafar Jafari and Dr Noel Scott’s book on Tourism in the Muslim World. Deborah consulted with the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities while in Saudi Arabia under the banner of PSCJ on matters pertaining to tourism and hospitality. Deborah also co-authored books on event management and tourism business development. Deborah holds a Doctorate Degree in Tourism and Hospitality Management (CPUT) and Masters Degree in Education (CPUT). She has a National Higher Diploma in Post-School Education (Technikon RSA) and Diploma in Tourism Management (Cape Technikon). She is an accredited trainer in Responsible Tourism Development and Planning and studied under Professor Harold Goodwin (globally known pioneer of Responsible Tourism, Leeds Metropolitan University, United Kingdom).
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