DR LEONIE MENZIES (nee DE WITT)

Senior Lecturer: Business

leonie menzies

Email: leoniem@ais.ac.nz

Currently senior lecturer at the Auckland Institute of Studies. I believe that by being part of a Higher Education Institution, I have a crucial role to play in the holistic development and progression of students. Higher education learning, of which I am a facilitator, consists of a multifaceted mixture of knowledge, understanding and skills. It also embodies values, attitudes and behaviour that form part of a student’s academic performance. I am passionate about education as I believe that through education and research we can make a positive contribution to solving some of the ever-increasing global challenges that we face.

 


Research interests

Multi-disciplinary, sustainable tourism development, ecotourism, consumer behaviour

Educational qualifications

PhD (Tourism Management) – North-West University (Potchefstroom), South Africa

M.Com (Tourism Management) - North-West University (Potchefstroom), South Africa

B.Com (Honours) - North-West University (Potchefstroom), South Africa

Teaching experience

2013-2016      Vaal University of Technology - Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Human Sciences

2011-2013      Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University - Lecturer in the Faculty of Business and Economic Sciences

2008 – 2011    Damelin Pty Ltd. - Lecturer on International Marketing Management (IMM); Business and Tourism programmes

Conferences Presentations

Menzies, L & Ferreira, D. (2017, December). Exploring inbound travel barriers impeding destination competitiveness. In L. Robinson, L. Brennan & M. Reid (Eds), Marketing for impact. ANZMAC 2017 Conference Proceedings (4-6 Dec), Melbourne, Australia.

Labushagne, V. & Menzies, L. (2017, February). Community perceptions regarding township tourism in Sharpeville, South Africa. In C. Lee, S. Filep, J.N. Albrecht & W.J.L. Coetzee (Eds.), Time for big ideas? Re-thinking the field for tomorrow. CAUTHE 2017 Conference Proceedings (pp. 946-949). Dunedin, New Zealand.

Mashapa, M. M., Menzies, L. & Slabbert, E. (2016, November). Perceptions of host communities regarding urban ecotourism: The case of an urban park in Gauteng. Presentation at the 7th Annual Ecohealth and wellbeing conference. Hartbeespoort Dam, South Africa, 17-18 November.

De Witt, L. & Van Der Merwe, P. (2013, September). An ecotourism model for South African National Parks. In Slabbert, E., Petzer, D., Myburgh, E. 2013 Conference proceedings: South African Institute of Management Scientists. Paper presented at the 2013 SAIMS conference. (pp. 877-894). Oxford University Press: Cape Town

Mukete, A.A.E. & De Witt, L. (2013, September). Human resource challenges in tourism: students’ perceptions of the tourism industry. Paper presented at the Tourism Student Seminar Hosted by The Department of Tourism; North West Department of Economic Development, Environment and Tourism and the North-West University. Potchefstroom.

De Witt, L.; Van Der Merwe, P. & Saayman, M. (2012, March). Responsible tourism in South African National Parks: a visitors’ perspective. Paper presented at the 10th Annual Savanna Networking Meeting. Skukuza, Kruger National Park.

Journal articles

De Witt, L. & Van der Merwe, P. (2015). Key environmental management factors in protected areas: an eco-tourist perspective. African Journal of Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure, Vol 4(2), pp 1-12

De Witt, L. (2014). The importance of an eco-efficient tourism industry surrounding the Vaal Region: a tourist’s perspective. African Journal of Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure, Vol. 3(2), pp. 1-10

De Witt, L., Van Der Merwe, P. & Saayman, M. (2014). Critical ecotourism factors applicable to National Parks: a visitors’ perspective. Tourism Review International, Vol. 17, pp. 179–194

Book chapters

De Witt, L. (2016). Managing individuals in the tourism and hospitality industry. In Hermann, U.P & Du Plessis, L. (Eds.) An introduction to tourism and hospitality management: a services approach. (pp. 141-150.) Pretoria: Van Schaik Publishers

De Witt, L. (2016). Leading and leadership. In. Hermann, U.P & Du Plessis, L. (Eds.) An introduction to tourism and hospitality management: a services approach. (pp. 123-140). Pretoria: Van Schaik Publishers.

Postgraduate Supervision

Completed

Mashapa, M. M. (2017) ‘Determining the perceptions of host communities regarding urban ecotourism: the case of an urban park in Gauteng.’ MTech in Tourism and Hospitality Management, Vaal University of Technology, South Africa.

Currently

Maboya, M. K. ‘Assessing the environmentally responsible behaviour of tourists visiting selected resorts in Limpopo.’ MTech in Tourism and Hospitality Management, Vaal University of Technology, South Africa