Bachelor of International Tourism Management

Our strong industry connections with tourism entities give our students the opportunity to complete workplace experience and inform our curriculum. Explore our industry partnerships in the Destination Management in this video.

Destination Management major

In this major students study how to manage local tourism resources with a focus on sustainable development and growth. By 2025, it is anticipated that an extra 47,000 employees would be required to meet the demand of the industry.

This major:

  • Focuses on the inbound travel industry — catering to the growing numbers of tourists visiting Aotearoa New Zealand
  • Designed to meet the needs and increased demand of the local tourism sector
  • Focuses on marketing, planning and sustainable development of tourism.

The outcomes for graduates of this programme are outlined in the Graduate Profile pdf icon

Entry requirements

Structure and content

Year 1
You complete eight papers (120 points) that include the three core papers: Academic Communication: Conventions and Expectations, Introduction to Tourism and Culture and Society plus Level 5 papers from your major:

TOUR502 Visitor Attractions and Activities 

And one of the following:
TOUR503 Māori and Tourism in Aotearoa
SUSE501 Leadership for Sustainable Enterprise
TOUR510 World Geography

Year 2
In Year 2 you take CLSY504 Knowledge and Inquiry and papers from your chosen major.

TOUR606 Travel and Tourism Marketing 

And on of the following:
TOUR601 Cultural Heritage Management
TOUR609 Tourism and the Environment 
SUSE602 Climate Change and Emissions Strategies 

You also choose one of following pathways:

Option 1 – Single major no minor  
Electives 120 points
Option 2 – Single major with one minor  
Minor 60 points
Electives 60 points
Option 3 – Additional major  
Additional major 120 points

Additional major, minors and electives

If you choose an additional major or minor you can study an area of interest from an extensive range of subjects. Elective papers can be chosen from any degree programme within the university.

Year 3
In Year 3 you complete final year paper/s, plus advanced level papers in your chosen second major and electives.

HOSP704 Hospitality Strategic Management
TOUR704 Tourism Planning and Development

And one of the following: 
TOUR701 Urban Tourism
TOUR705 Contemporary Issues in Travel and Tourism

In your final semester, you complete valuable work integrated learning with an organisation. It's a great opportunity to develop industry networks and make a decision on your professional career after graduation.

Career opportunities

  • National tourism organisations
  • Regional tourism organisations
  • I-sites
  • Local tour operators and attractions
  • Iwi/Māori tourism businesses
  • Inbound tour operators
  • International student exchange organisations
  • Human resources
  • Hotel front office and guest relations.

Last updated: 10-Jan-2018 11.12am

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