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Gijsbert Hoogendoorn

Professor in Tourism Geography, University of Johannesburg

I am a tourism geographer in the Department of Geography, Environmental Management and Energy Studies at the University of Johannesburg. I have published over 100 papers, book chapters and monographs on a variety of topics in tourism geography. These included publications on second homes tourism in South Africa, Mozambique and Sweden, urban tourism in Johannesburg, and climate change and tourism topics in Southern Africa more broadly. Of late I have been engaging in topics around cultural and creative tourism in South Africa.


  • 2021–present
    Professor, University of Johannesburg
  • 2015–2021
    Associate professor, University of Johannesburg
  • 2013–2015
    Senior lecturer, University of the Witwatersrand
  • 2009–2013
    Lecturer, University of the Witwatersrand
  • 2008–2009
    Lecturer, Rhodes University
  • 2007–2007
    Junior Lecturer, University of the Free State
  • 2005–2006
    Researcher, University of the Free State


  • 2011 
    University of the Free State, PhD (Geography)
  • 2006 
    University of the Free State, MA (Geography)
  • 2003 
    University of the Free State, B.A. Hons (Geography)
  • 2002 
    University of the Free State, B.A. General


  • 2023
    Activities as the critical link between motivation and destination choice in cultural tourism, Journal of Tourism and Hospitality Insights
  • 2023
    A review of second homes and the environment, Transactions of the Royal Society of South Africa
  • 2023
    “Whispered in corridors”: Intra-national politics and practices of knowledge production in South African human geography. , Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers
  • 2023
    Path creation for an electricity transition in the South African tourism sector, Tourism Geographies
  • 2023
    Millennials as potential creative tourists in South Africa: A CHAID approach to market segmentation, Journal of Policy Research in Tourism, Leisure and Events
  • 2022
    Perceptions of climate change threats to the Zimbabwean nature-based tourism sector, Environmental Development
  • 2022
    Climate Change and Tourism in Southern Africa, Routledge
  • 2022
    Glacier tourism and tourist reviews: an experiential engagement with the concept of ‘last chance tourism’, Scandinavian Journal of Hospitality and Tourism
  • 2021
    Implications of misleading news reporting on tourism at the Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, Weather, Climate and Society
  • 2021
    Resident tourists and the local ‘other’, Tourism Geographies
  • 2021
    Adapting to climate change: the case of snow-based tourism in Afriski, Lesotho, African Geographical Review
  • 2020
    To beach or not to beach? Socio-economic factors influencing tourists’ perceptions of climate and weather in South Africa, Transactions of the Royal Society of South Africa
  • 2020
    Tourist and Resident Perspectives on ‘Slum Tourism’: the case of Vilakazi Precinct, Soweto, GeoJournal
  • 2019
    Tourism as incentive for rewilding: the conversion from cattle to game farms in Limpopo province, South Africa, Journal of Ecotourism
  • 2018
    An analysis of factors affecting tourists’ accounts of weather in South Africa, International Journal of Biometeorology
  • 2018
    The potential role of tourism microentrepreneurship in the prevention of rhino poaching, International Development Planning Review
  • 2018
    Tourism and climate change: a review of adaptation threats for Africa, Current Issues in Tourism
  • 2017
    Climate suitability for tourism in South Africa, Journal of Sustainable Tourism

Professional Memberships

  • Society of South African Geographers
  • Commission on Tourism, Leisure and Global Change of the International Geographical Union