Hospitality, Tourism and Event Management
Tourism, hospitality and events are industries that contribute significantly to the economies of both Australia and New Zealand. They are also major employers. The size and significance of these industries means that they receive considerable investment from government and international business as well as attracting innovators and entrepreneurs at all levels.
Good people are widely considered to be the cornerstone of the hospitality, tourism and events industries, and quality teaching and training seen as being essential to maintaining industry strength going forward.
Australia and New Zealand are both world leaders in these industries, and among the best in training people to participate in and contribute to them. There are many qualifications available in these subjects at university level, both undergraduate and postgraduate.
Australian and New Zealand universities focus very much on training the industry leaders of the future by preparing graduates for positions of responsibility and management. Degrees in these areas tend to have a strong business base with compulsory modules in areas such as budget management, marketing, and human resource management. Alongside these core courses, students can choose to specialise in areas including hotel management; event management; tourism management and tourism marketing. Graduates go on to find employment in the hospitality and tourism industries in strategic planning and management, event design and/or management; conference coordination, attraction and initiative development; eco-tourism; human resource management and marketing.
Lots of courses have strong ties with industry and work placements are in many cases an integral part of the course, giving you the chance to make valuable industry contacts and pick up essential work experience before graduating.
Postgraduate programmes in hospitality, tourism and events give students the chance to specialise in a particular field; for example sport and leisure management; festival design and management; sustainable tourism management; tourism leadership and hotel management. Admission to postgraduate courses in hospitality, tourism or events do not necessarily require someone to have an undergraduate (bachelors) degree in the same subject – in many cases relevant work experience would be an essential part of an application. Please contact Study Options if you’d like to check whether you might be eligible to apply for a Masters in this field.