Marco Scholtz

Marco Scholtz
Thomas More University of Applied Sciences

Doctor of Tourism

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Introduction
Dr Marco Scholtz is a researcher and lecturer in tourism management at the De Vest Campus of Thomas More University of Applied Sciences in Mechelen, Belgium. Previously: Associate Professor at Tourism Research in Economics, Environs and Society, North-West University South Africa.
Additional affiliations
January 2016 - present
North-West University
Position
  • Professor (Associate)
Description
  • I am currently the lecturer for the Tourism Honours module, Tourism Research (TMBP675).
January 2013 - December 2015
North-West University
Position
  • Senior Administrative Assistant
Education
January 2011 - December 2013
North-West University
Field of study
  • Social impact of tourism
January 2010 - December 2010
North-West University
Field of study
  • Tourists' travel motives
January 2009 - December 2009
North-West University
Field of study
  • Social impacts of tourism

Publications

Publications (27)
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Purpose: To determine the influence of COVID-19 and the first 2020 lockdown on Flemish people’s initial travel behaviour perceptions, a hypothetical scenario was posed to respondents where they were asked to keep in mind a situation where they might be able to travel again during the summer of 2020 (July/August). This research had two main aims: i)...
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The difference of price perception between using foreign and home currencies is considered a form of money illusion. People may view a product as expensive in a foreign currency with a higher nominal face value, causing under-spending. Since most developing countries have considerably weaker currencies than developed countries – often the main orig...
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Wildlife tourism has become a vital part of the tourism industry, especially in developing countries. However, due to its popularity, this form of tourism can attract quite a large number of visitors that can quickly exceed the social carrying capacity of a natural area (such as a national park), leading to poor visitor experiences, negative word-o...
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Facebook has become a vital tool for businesses to market themselves and stand out above the competition. This is also true for the high number of dive operators that form an essential part of the marine tourism industry. Dive operators often use Facebook as a means of reaching potential clients as well as forging relationships and a sense of loyal...
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This paper aims to evaluate how prices are formed in the informal tourism market and how this has a bearing on the livelihoods of informal traders. More specifically, the objectives of this research were to: (i) determine the dependence and strategies of informal traders on sales and fair prices for their livelihood; (ii) assess price judgement of...
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In totaal vulden 1803 Vlamingen* deze vragenlijst in van 14 april tot 22 april 2020. De bevraging ging na wat de reisplannen van de respondenten voor de komende zomervakantie waren vóór de maatregelen in werking traden, wat hun verwachtingen zijn om te kunnen reizen tijdens de zomervakantie en hoe de maatregelen (in welke vorm dan ook) hun toekomst...
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To ensure the positive sentiment of residents towards sporting events, it is important to understand and manage the social impact perceptions generated by such events at the host destinations. The Comrades ultramarathon is a unique event which affects the residents of two cities at the same time, meaning that diversified social impact management ap...
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Tourism has been shown as a viable option for uplifting communities. However, not all communities have significant tourist attractions or are as easily accessible as larger, more developed cities. This isolation makes tourism benefits more difficult to achieve. This study aimed to determine to what extent an annual international sporting event, the...
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Cultural heritage forms part of the field of cultural heritage tourism, a strongly emerging sector of global tourism. In South Africa, cultural heritage sites associated with the legacy of Nelson Mandela are receiving increasing interest from local and international visitors. This leads to the question of how such sites may be valued. Using the con...
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It is a fact that tourism endeavours require the backing of the residents of the communities where it takes place to be sustainable. To date, most social impact studies measure a single instance of residents’ tourism social impact perceptions. However, the literature reveals that residents’ perceptions might change over time, and therefore a panel...
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The positive sentiment, as well as the role of the residents as a key stakeholder in the scuba diving tourism system (SDTS) in Italy's Portofino Marine Protected area (PMPA), is essential for the sustainability of the SDTS. However, studies on this area found that residents did not form part of the planning and the implementation of the MPA or SDTS...
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This study examines cultural heritage tourism by identifying and segmenting heritage site visitors according to the aspects they define as necessary for a memorable heritage site experience. The research focusses on visitors to Nelson Mandela Heritage Sites and emphasises that the links between the attributes of a site and the visitors themselves a...
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Residents living in communities with tourism activities form a vital part of the tourism industry; without their support, the industry will likely fail. It is the understanding of the Social Exchange Theory that residents should receive a form of physical award for accepting visitors into their environment, however, with the case of South Africa, t...
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The Macufe is one of the Africa’s largest cultural festivals, and takes place annually in Bloemfontein, South Africa. This 10-day event attracts approximately 140,000 attendees, meaning that the residents have to share facilities and services with tourists. The effects of such interactions can be both positive and negative. Community members are st...
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South Africa remains a developing country which is known to have one of the most unequal distributions of income in the world, as well as continued cultural, political and economic restraints. As a result of these constraints, community residents do not derive a significant number of tangible social impacts (such as job creation or higher income) f...
Technical Report
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One of Liguria, Italy’s most significant assists is its world-renowned diving spots. As a result, the activity of scuba diving attracts many tourists as well as spending to the area. Residents, however, do not seem to appreciate or even like scuba divers in this area. Literature has shown countless times how important it is to have the residents su...
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After being in prison for more than 25 years, Nelson Mandela was freed and became the first black President of South Africa to be elected democratically. He was at the vanguard of the South African people's fight for independence and racial equality. Nelson Mandela thus remains a prominent figure in cultural heritage, a niche for the country’s emer...
Technical Report
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Social media is the latest trend in marketing as it acts as convenient, fast form of two-way communication. Various studies have been done on how to influence people to like social media pages, but fewer focus on the types of messages needed to keep an audience engaged. It was the purpose of this report to measure scuba divers' social media usage p...
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Most tourism social impact studies emphasise tangible social impacts such as economic improvement. In developing countries such as South Africa, a small percentage of tangible benefits filter down to community level. This creates a problem as various studies revealed the importance of community support for the sustainability of the tourism industry...
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This study identified the determinants of length of stay at three of South Africa's coastal national parks: the Addo Elephant, Tsitsikamma, and Wilderness National Parks. The overall impact of tourists in a given economy hinges on a variety of factors, including length of stay. South African National Parks should aim to attract visitors who stay lo...
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Understanding the social impacts of tourism is important as it enables tourism managers and developers to manage the impacts toward fostering vital community support for the industry. More so the distinction between the tangible and intangible social impacts can refine tourism management, development and marketing processes. The measurement and man...
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The 2008 and 2009 recession increased pressure on travellers to cut costs on luxury items, such as going on holiday, and this has led to a global tourism decline of 8%. This, however, was not the case in the Kruger National Park (KNP) in South Africa where a sustained 1.6% accommodation unit occupancy growth was experienced. In order to sustain thi...
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The aim of this study was to identify the determinants of demand of visitors for the Kruger National Park (KNP) during a recession. From 355 questionnaires, the results revealed the following determinants that influenced visitors’ demand for the Park: behavioural determinants as well as socio-demographic determinants. The results indicated that vis...
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The aim of this study was to identify the determinants of demand of visitors for the Kruger National Park (KNP) during a recession. From 355 questionnaires, the results revealed the following determinants that influenced visitors’ demand for the Park: behavioural determinants as well as socio-demographic determinants. The results indicated that vis...

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