Destination Management major - Bachelor of International Tourism Management

Study the Destination Management major in the Bachelor of International Tourism Management and develop a thorough understanding of 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 will be required to meet the demand of the tourism industry.

This major focuses on the inbound travel industry; servicing the growing numbers of tourists visiting New Zealand. It's designed to meet the needs and increased demand of the local tourism sector and focuses on marketing, planning and sustainable development of tourism.


This is part of the Bachelor of International Tourism Management.

Year 1

Complete the following papers

You’ll automatically be pre-enrolled in your first-year papers, which include three recommended elective papers. In Semester 1, you’ll have the opportunity to choose another elective if you prefer.

Year 2 & 3

In your final semester, you complete valuable workplace experience with an organisation (this is the Tourism Work Integrated Learning paper). It's a great opportunity to develop industry networks and make a decision on your professional career after graduation.

You also need to complete additional papers in your second and third year to make up the total of 360 points you need for your degree. You can do this by:

  • Option 1: studying Destination Management and elective papers
  • Option 2: studying Destination Management, one minor and electives
  • Option 3: studying Destination Management and two minors
  • Option 4: studying Destination Management and one other major(depending on your chosen major you may need more than 360 points to complete your degree)

You can talk to us about which option is best for you. You don’t need to make this choice until you're at AUT.

Skills you will develop

The outcomes for graduates of the Bachelor of International Tourism Management are outlined in the Graduate Profile below.

Graduate Profile

  • 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.
Key features
  • Gain in-depth knowledge of the New Zealand tourism industry
  • Develop strategies to effectively deal with issues in the sector
  • Valuable workplace experience in your final semester
See yourself as
  • Having strong knowledge about the organisations within the tourism sector
  • Having a strong understanding of sustainable development and growth
  • A good thinker and problem solver

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