This study aimed to determine the education and training needs of the sports tourism industry.
Multi-method research was conducted with South Africa as case study during 2013. Strategic
documents of three national authorities, as well as relevant courses of 14 tertiary institutions were
analysed. A sample of 24 participants from across the tourism, sport and sport tourism sectors
were also interviewed. The research revealed no dedicated sport tourism management degrees,
diplomas or certificates and a subsequent gap in the availability of higher level graduates with a
combined understanding of both the sectors. Industry stakeholders identified a range of general
and specialisation skills required. The importance of internships was highlighted, as well as that
of volunteers which holds several challenges within the South African context. The roles of
government, the private sector and sports federations are defined.The findings of the study
present aspects important for considerations in the development of national strategy around skills
development in the industry.