Sustainable Tourism Management major - Bachelor of International Tourism Management

Study the Sustainable Tourism 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 responsible, inclusive and sustainable development and growth.

This major is designed to meet the growing demand for specialists in tourism planning, development, governance, marketing and management in the dynamic and expanding global industry.


This is part of the Bachelor of International Tourism Management.

Year 1

In Year 1, you complete eight papers that provide a comprehensive awareness of tourism as an industry and its role in New Zealand and around the world.

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 Year 2 you take the following paper

And you study papers from your major:

Sustainable tourism management papers

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 Sustainable Tourism Management and elective papers
  • Option 2: studying Sustainable Tourism Management, one minor and electives
  • Option 3: studying Sustainable Tourism Management and two minors
  • Option 4: studying Sustainable Tourism 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.

Workplace experience

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

Skills you will develop

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

Graduate Profile

More details about papers in this programme

Detailed programme structure and paper outlines (Blackboard)

Graduates of this major have exciting career opportunities in national and regional tourism organisations, destination marketing organisations, travel companies, I-Sites, iwi and Māori tourism businesses, NGOs and conservation groups, transport companies, and local tourism attractions.

Some industry roles for this major include:

  • Destination managers
  • Regional and local tourism planners
  • Tourism business advisors
  • Tourism operations managers
  • Destination marketers
  • Tourism product developers
  • Corporate social responsibility (CSR) specialists
  • Sustainability specialists
  • Graduate management trainees
  • Tour operators
  • Visitor experience specialists
  • Digital marketing consultants
  • Outdoor recreation guides
  • Volunteer managers

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 knowledge of tourism stakeholders and their complex interactions
  • Having a strong understanding of sustainable development and growth
  • A critical thinker with good problem-solving skills

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

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