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Tourism

Tourism is one of the world’s largest industries and significantly impacts New Zealand’s economy – we need experts.

Tourism Development

The Tourism Development programme provides a multidisciplinary approach to the issues created by tourism and comprises a mix of core papers on the construction and impacts of tourism as a social process, as well as papers which assist you to explore gender, ethnic, regional, and environmental dimensions of tourism. Skills in environmental planning, social impact assessment, and geographic information systems can be obtained from the wide range of optional elective papers in the specific programme. The adoption of ethical and co-operative approaches to tourism planning, management, business, and tourism research is the intended outcome.

Tourism Management

The rapid growth of domestic and international tourism has led to an increasing demand for graduates who have a thorough understanding of tourism in its wider social, cultural, economic and political contexts. The study of tourism involves predicting the future – working out what people will want from their leisure and travel pursuits and how those wants are implemented and managed. You will also study the structure of different tourism organisations, aspects of hospitality and leisure, and the environmental and economic impacts of tourism operations. Tourism Management is a major within the Bachelor of Management Studies and the Bachelor of Tourism (Tourism and Hospitality Management).

Tourism Studies

Tourism is increasingly important for New Zealand and internationally, and has major implications both for natural environments and for the communities in which tourist activities are based. There is a steadily increasing demand for people skilled in the social, environmental and economic analyses necessary for tourism planning. Tourism Studies draws on a wide range of disciplines: it focuses closely on understanding tourism as a social practice and on the demands of tourism planning for sustainable outcomes. Tourism Studies is a programme within the School of Social Sciences. It provides skills in social and environmental analysis leading to an understanding of the broad range of impacts of tourism on natural environments and host communities. It also offers solutions and a way to plan for sustainability.

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School subjects required

There are no specific subjects you need to study at secondary school to study Tourism at Waikato.

Other subjects that may interest you

Anthropology, Economics, Environmental Planning, Geography, Hospitality Management, Māori and Pacific Development, Marketing, Public Relations, Sport and Leisure Studies, Tourism Studies.

Career Opportunities

  • Environmental Planner
  • Government Policy Advisor/Maker  
  • Hotel and Resort Manager  
  • Outdoor Leisure Manager  
  • Regional or National Tourism Planner
  • Tourism Operations Manager  

Potential Employers

  • Government Departments
  • Local and Regional Councils
  • Regional and National Tourism Boards
  • Tourism and Hospitality Organisations

Papers

TOURISM DEVELOPMENT

ANTH102 New Zealand and the Pacific
Social and cultural change in Aotearoa/New Zealand and the Pacific Islands, with special emphasis on national identities, regional relations and global forces.

ECON100 Business Economics and the New Zealand Economy
An introduction to the analysis of market environments and the New Zealand economy from a business and policy perspective.

GEOG101 People and Place: Introduction to Social and Cultural Geography
An introduction to the new geographies of globalisation and cultural change. A foundation for second-year papers on contemporary cultural geographies, regional geography, tourism, and Māori lands and communities.

GEOG103 Resources and Environmental Sustainability
An introduction to human geography and the environment. This paper deals with environmental perceptions and values, environmental and socio-economic impacts, resource use conflicts, Māori perspectives, resource evaluation, environment and tourism, global environmental change and GIS.

MPDV100 Introduction to Development Studies
This paper examines Māori, Pacific and indigenous approaches to development against the backdrop of mainstream development theories. It shows how alternative indigenous world views have produced new thinking and innovative shifts in development paradigms.

MSYS121 The World of Electronic Commerce
Electronic commerce involves the exchange of products, services and information using the internet and other digital technologies. This paper provides an introduction to electronic commerce from both management and technical perspectives with a particular emphasis on web 2.0 technologies.

SPLS102 Concepts of Sport and Leisure
A study of the nature and meaning of sport and leisure; an overview of concepts; an examination of current trends, issues and practices; an historical perspective on leisure; and the significance of sport and leisure to the individual and society.

TIKA163 Te Ao Tawhito, Te Ao Hou: Introduction to Traditional and Contemporary Māori Society
A study of Māori myths and traditions, kinship, social organisation and customs with comparisons of traditional and contemporary Māori society, noting changes and adaptations in the cultural context.

TOMG100 Tourism Product Design and Pricing
This paper examines the relationship between the tourism and hospitality product and the design and pricing of that product. The paper will look at how the external environment impacts on sustainable tourism product design and sustainable pricing decisions.

TOMG101 Introduction to Tourism and Hospitality
This paper looks at the planning, implementation and control functions in the tourism and hospitality industries. An understanding of the structure of the tourism and hospitality industries and the sustainable relationship between the two is provided.

TOST100 Tourism Places, Placing Tourism
This paper presents you with a social science perspective of the tourism system and the tourism experience, and enables you to consider the interrelationships between tourism and society. The paper is required in the Tourism Studies major in Social Sciences.

TOURISM MANAGEMENT

TOMG100 Tourism Product Design and Pricing
This paper examines the relationship between the tourism and hospitality product and the design and pricing of that product. The paper will look at how the external environment impacts on sustainable tourism product design and sustainable pricing decisions.

TOMG101 Introduction to Tourism and Hospitality
This paper looks at the planning, implementation and control functions in the tourism and hospitality industries. An understanding of the structure of the tourism and hospitality industries and the sustainable relationship between the two is provided.

TOURISM STUDIES

ANTH102 New Zealand and the Pacific
Social and cultural change in Aotearoa/New Zealand and the Pacific Islands, with special emphasis on national identities, regional relations and global forces.

GEOG103 Resources and Environmental Sustainability
An introduction to human geography and the environment. This paper deals with environmental perceptions and values, environmental and socio-economic impacts, resource use conflicts, Māori perspectives, resource evaluation, environment and tourism, global environmental change and GIS.

TOST100 Tourism Places, Placing Tourism
This paper presents you with a social science perspective of the tourism system and the tourism experience, and enables you to consider the interrelationships between tourism and society. The paper is required in the Tourism Studies major in Social Sciences.

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