Bachelor of International Tourism Management Overview

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Students experience Auckland as tourists

As part of the Visitor Attractions and Activities paper, first year Tourism students had the opportunity to get out of class and around Auckland to experience some of the city’s key attractions.

The bus tour took students through the lush suburbs of Devonport and Northhead, where they meandered through the tunnels and enjoyed views of the Hauraki Gulf and the city skyline.

The group also had the opportunity to visit the AJ Hackett Bungy site, at the base of the Auckland Harbour Bridge, where Sales Manager Tash Lawrence spoke about her experience in the tourism industry and demonstrated safe bungee practices (pictured).

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Tourism is the world's largest industry, and makes a huge contribution to the global economy and workforce. Study tourism with us, and you'll be well prepared to play an effective role in this exciting industry.

The Bachelor of International Tourism Management provides you with a sound understanding of the tourism industry and its role in the world. Explore how tourism businesses operate, how tourists behave and the impact of tourism on countries, cultures and the environment. Your study includes an industry placement in your last semester — an invaluable opportunity to apply what you have learnt and make industry contacts.

Programme code: AK1277
Level: 7
Points: 360
Duration: 3 years full-time / equivalent part-time
Venue: City Campus
Start date: 26 February 2018 / 16 July 2018

AUT encourages early application. These qualifications will remain open until all places have been filled.

Entry requirements

  • University Entrance


Structure and content

You complete core papers, a minimum of eight tourism papers, plus papers from your major. These provide the essential knowledge to understand the tourism industry and its position within New Zealand as a major employer and contributor to the economy.

Year 1

You complete eight papers that include the three core papers: Academic Communication: Conventions and Expectations, Introduction to Tourism and Culture and Society plus Level 5 papers from either your Destination Management or Travel Management major.

Year 2

In Year 2 you take CLSY504 Knowledge and Inquiry and papers from your chosen major. You also choose on of the following pathways:

  • Single Major with no Minor
  • Single Major with One Minor
  • Additional Major 

Year 3

You will complete final year paper/s, plus advanced level papers in your second major/minor and electives. In your final semester, you complete a work integrated learning with an organisation.

Tourism Work Integrated Learning

Work integrated learning helps you build further skills in the workplace, develop industry networks and help you make a decision on your professional career after graduating.

Core papers

CLSY500 Culture and Society
COMM570 Academic Communication
TOUR501 Introduction to Tourism
CLSY504 Knowledge and Inquiry
TOUR797 Tourism Work Integrated Learning


BSYS703 eBusiness Management    
FINA502 Hospitality Accounting and Finance   
GAST602 Gastronomic Tourism   
HOSP604 Hospitality Human Resource Management   
HOSP704  Hospitality Strategic Management
MGMT721 Leadership Principles and Practices
SUSE501 Leadership for Sustainable Enterprise   
SUSE602 Climate Change and Emissions Strategies   
TOUR502 Visitor Attractions and Activities   
TOUR503 Māori and Tourism in Aotearoa   
TOUR505 Customer Service and Interpersonal Skills   
TOUR506 Product Development   
TOUR507 International Fares and Ticketing   
TOUR510 World Geography   
TOUR601 Cultural Heritage Management   
TOUR602 Ecotourism   
TOUR603 Asia and Tourism   
TOUR604 Travel Distribution Management   
TOUR606 Travel and Tourism Marketing   
TOUR607 International Spa Contemporary Issues
TOUR608 Transportation Operations and Management   
TOUR701  Urban Tourism
TOUR703  Special Topic
TOUR704  Tourism Planning and Development
TOUR705  Contemporary Issues in Travel and Tourism
TOUR706  Tourist Behaviour
TOUR707  Tourism Research
TOUR709  Wellness Tourism
TOUR711  Travel Management and Entrepreneurship

Additional majors and minors

Having skills in more than one discipline can give you the competitive edge and increase your career opportunities. If you choose a second major or a minor you can study an area of interest from a range of subjects.

Related programmes

Master of International Tourism Management

Fees information

To find out about student fees for programmes, see the fees information page.

Last updated: 21-Jul-2017 10.06am

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.