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Tourism Management

Tourism is one of the world's largest industries and significantly impacts New Zealand's economy – we need experts to steer that growth.

The rapid growth of domestic and international tourism and migration 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 want from their leisure and travel pursuits, and how those wants are delivered and managed. You'll study the structure of different tourism organisations, aspects of hospitality and leisure, and the environmental and economic impacts of tourism operations.

As a Tourism Management student, you may produce a short video about a business that is leading the way in accessible tourism in New Zealand; and write an individual report about the impacts and management of a specific tourism destination.

In the paper TOMG200, some assignments involve watching short films about tourism case studies, and then discussing the issues raised. For example, what are the social impacts of tourism in Thailand? How can sustainable Maori cultural tourism be achieved? What are the benefits of achieving UNESCO World Heritage Site status?

You'll also have the opportunity to gain valuable tourism management experience by completing a workplace internship at a host organisation in New Zealand or overseas. For more information about Tourism Management, visit the department's website.

If you're open-minded, not afraid of change, and have an enthusiastic personality, then Tourism Management may be a good fit for you.

Internationally recognised

Waikato is ranked in the world's top 150 universities for Accounting, Finance, Business & Management Studies, and Communication & Media Studies by the prestigious QS Subject Rankings.

Youll study at our internationally recognised Waikato Management School, which has Triple Crown Accreditation from AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA, placing it in the top 1% of all business schools worldwide.

Career Opportunities

  • Environemtal planner
  • Government policy advisor
  • Hotel and resort manager
  • Outdoor leisure manager
  • Regional or national tourism planner
  • Tourism operations manager
  • Events planner
  • Gaming management
  • Restaurant manager

Qualifications

These are all the qualifications where you can study Tourism Management

TITLE TYPE QUAL TYPE
Bachelor of Arts Bachelors Degree
Bachelor of Business Analysis Bachelors Degree
Bachelor of Communication Studies Bachelors Degree
Bachelor of Computing and Mathematical Sciences Bachelors Degree
Bachelor of Electronic Commerce Bachelors Degree
Bachelor of Entrepreneurship Bachelors Degree
Bachelor of Laws Bachelors Degree
Bachelor of Management Studies Bachelors Degree
Bachelor of Maori and Pacific Development Bachelors Degree
Bachelor of Media and Creative Technologies Bachelors Degree
Bachelor of Music Bachelors Degree
Bachelor of Science Bachelors Degree
Bachelor of Science (Technology) Bachelors Degree
Bachelor of Social Sciences Bachelors Degree
Bachelor of Sport and Leisure Studies Bachelors Degree
Certificate Certificate
Diploma Diploma
Doctor of Philosophy Doctor of Philosophy
Master of Arts Masters Degree
Master of Arts (Applied) Masters Degree
Master of Laws Masters Degree
Master of Maori and Pacific Development Masters Degree
Master of Philosophy Master of Philosophy
Master of Science Masters Degree
Master of Science (Research) Masters Degree
Master of Science (Technology) Masters Degree
Master of Social Sciences Masters Degree

100 level

Introduction to Tourism and HospitalityTOMG10115.0 Points
Cruise Ship TourismTOMG11015.0 Points

200 level

Tourism Management and the EnvironmentTOMG20020.0 Points
Tourism ManagementTOMG20120.0 Points
Managing Tourism Demand and BehaviourTOMG20220.0 Points
Cruise Ship TourismTOMG21020.0 Points

300 level

400 level

Prescriptions for the GradCert(THMgt) and GradDip(THMgt)

A Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma in Tourism and Hospitality Management are available to graduates who have not included Tourism Management at an advanced level in their first degree.

Within the Graduate Diploma, a specialisation in Technology Teaching is available.

The requirements for the Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma are prescribed in the Waikato Management School Student Handbook.

Prescriptions for the BMS(Hons), BTour(Hons), PGCert(THMgt), PGDip(THMgt) and MMS

Tourism Management may be taken as a major for the BMS(Hons) and as a subject for the MMS, Tourism and Hospitality Management may be taken as a subject for the BTour(Hons). Within the MMS, a specialisation in Visitor Management is available. A Postgraduate Certificate and a Postgraduate Diploma in Tourism and Hospitality Management are also available. The requirements for the major, subjects, specialisation, Postgraduate Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma, are prescribed in the Waikato Management School Handbook.

All students should discuss their programme with the Management Student Centre before enrolling.

Prescriptions for the MPhil

The Master of Philosophy is a one year research-based degree in which students undertake a programme of approved and supervised research that leads to a thesis which critically investigates an approved topic of substance and significance, demonstrates expertise in the methods of research and scholarship, displays intellectual independence and makes a substantial original contribution to the subject area concerned, and is of publishable quality.

Tourism Management MPhil ThesisTOMG800120.0 Points

Prescriptions for the PhD

The Doctor of Philosophy is a three year research-based degree in which students undertake a programme of approved and supervised research that leads to a thesis which critically investigates an approved topic of substance and significance, demonstrates expertise in the methods of research and scholarship, displays intellectual independence and makes a substantial original contribution to the subject area concerned, and is of publishable quality.

Tourism Management PhD ThesisTOMG900120.0 Points

Management Student Centre (MSC)

Phone: +64 838 4303 or 0800 654 303
Email: msc@waikato.ac.nz
Website: www.management.ac.nz/msc

Opening hours: 8.45am - 4.45pm Monday to Friday
Location: MSB.1.50, Hillcrest Road, University of Waikato, Hamilton

One of the best times to pop into MSC is Open Advice Day, held every Wednesday from 10am to 2pm.

Department of Tourism Management

Bobbie Wisneski
Undergraduate/Graduate Advisor

Phone: +64 7 838 4195
Email: bobbie@waikato.ac.nz

Associate Professor Asad Mohsin
Undergraduate Convenor

Email: ahmosin@waikato.ac.nz

Associate Professor Tim Lockyer
Graduate Convenor

Email: lockyer@waikato.ac.nz

Professor Alison McIntosh
Graduate Convenor (Master of Management Studies)

Email: mcintosh@waikato.ac.nz

Dr Jenny Cave
Graduate Convenor (PhD enquiries)

Email: cavej@waikato.ac.nz

Bachelor of Management Studies (BMS)

To complete the requirements for a Bachelor of Management Studies major, you must pass 120 points at 200-level or above from one subject area, and include at least 60 points at 300-level or above, of which 40 points must be at 400-level.

The specific requirements for Tourism Management are that you must include the papers:

  • TOMG200 Tourism Management and the Environment
  • TOMG201 Tourism Management
  • TOMG307 Managing Tourism Demand and Behaviour
  • TOMG409 Destination Management

If Tourism Management is your second major, then you can count MNGT221 as a major paper for this subject.

Bachelor of Management Studies with Honours (BMS(Hons))

To complete the requirements for a Bachelor of Management Studies with Honours major, you must pass 120 points at 200-level or above from one subject area. You must include at least 60 points at 300-level or above, which includes at least 40 points at 400-level or above and at least 30 points at 500-level.

The specific requirements for Tourism Management are that you must include the papers:

  • TOMG200 Tourism Management and the Environment
  • TOMG201 Tourism Management
  • TOMG502 Tourism Development and the Environment

And at least one of:

  • TOMG307 Managing Tourism Demand and Behaviour
  • TOMG409 Destination Management

If you are taking two majors you can count either the compulsory 599 or MNGT596 paper towards your Waikato Management School major papers provided it is approved as relevant to that major and you have included a further 30 points at 500-level in that major.

Don't forget, you must pass 120 points at 500-level for the qualification, and submit a Portfolio of Achievement. If you have only selected 30 points at 500 level for your major, then a further 90 points at 500-level is required to meet this degree regulation.

Bachelor of Tourism BTour(THMgt)

Tourism Management is only available for students who were previously enrolled in the Bachelor of Tourism. New enrolments in this degree are unavailable. If you have any queries please contact the Management Student Centre.

To complete the requirements for a BTour(THMgt) major, you must pass 120 points at 200-level or above from one subject area, and include at least 60 points at 300-level or above. You must also meet the specific requirements prescribed for any subject.

The specific requirements for Tourism Management are that you must include the papers:

  • TOMG200 Tourism Management and the Environment
  • TOMG202 Managing Tourism Demand and Behaviour
  • TOMG304 Tourism and Hospitality Law
  • TOMG306 Tourism and Hospitality Management Decision Making
  • TOMG405 Entrepreneurship in Tourism and Hospitality
  • TOMG409 Destination Management

If Tourism Management is your first major and you are taking two majors then you can count the papers TOMG390, TOMG496 or MNGT496 as a major paper for this subject in place of TOMG304, TOMG306, TOMG405 or TOMG409.

Bachelor of Tourism with Honours (BTour(Hons))

To complete the requirements for the Bachelor of Tourism with Honours, you must pass 120 points at 500-level, include at least 60 points from one subject area and at least 30 points in research (Directed Study, Dissertation or Research Methods Papers), and submit a Portfolio of Achievement.

The specific requirements for Tourism and Hospitality Management are that you must include the papers:

  • MNGT501 Research Methods in Management Studies
  • TOMG591 Dissertation

And choose 60 points from:

  • TOMG502 Tourism Development and the Environment
  • TOMG503 Hotel and Resort Management
  • TOMG510 Heritage Management in Tourism
  • TOMG518 Tourism and Hospitality Human Capital Management
  • TOMG519 Tourist Behaviour and Markets
  • TOMG520 Hospitality Operations Service Management
  • TOMG590 Directed Study

Please note: If you fail a paper or papers (no more than 30 points), then you may repeat the paper once, or take an alternative paper. If you fail more than 30 points you will not be permitted to proceed with the degree.

Tourism Management as a second major

Even if you are enrolled in an undergraduate degree that doesn't list Tourism Management as a major subject, you may normally still take it as a second major. In these circumstances you are required to pass 120 points at 200-level or above from one subject area, and include at least 60 points at 300-level or above. You must include the papers:

  • TOMG200 Tourism Management and the Environment
  • TOMG202 Managing Tourism Demand and Behaviour
  • TOMG304 Tourism and Hospitality Law
  • TOMG306 Tourism and Hospitality Management Decision Making
  • TOMG405 Entrepreneurship in Tourism and Hospitality
  • TOMG409 Destinations Management

Graduate Certificate in Tourism and Hospitality Management (GradCert(THMgt))

To complete the requirements for a Graduate Certificate in Tourism and Hospitality Management, you must pass 60 points at 100-level or above and include at least 40 points at 300-level or above. At least 40 points must be from one subject area.

The specific requirements for Tourism and Hospitality Management are that you must include the paper:

  • TOMG201 Tourism Management

And choose 40 points from:

  • TOMG304 Tourism and Hospitality Law
  • TOMG306 Hospitality Management Decision Making
  • MKTG354 / 454 Marketing of Services
  • STMG385 Strategy for Enterprise
  • TOMG405 Entrepreneurship in Tourism and Hospitality
  • TOMG406 Hospitality Operations and Sustainable Management
  • TOMG409 Destination Management

Please note: You may need to meet any additional paper prerequisites unless a waiver is obtained and depending upon your programme of study.

Graduate Diploma in Tourism and Hospitality Management (GradDip(THMgt))

To complete the requirements for a Graduate Diploma in Tourism and Hospitality Management, you must pass 120 points at 100-level or above and include at least 80 points at 300-level or above, and pass the Writing Competency Module.

The specific requirements for Tourism and Hospitality Management are that you must include the papers:

  • TOMG201 Tourism Management
  • TOMG202 Managing Tourism Demand and Behaviour

And choose 80 points from:

  • TOMG304 Tourism and Hospitality Law
  • TOMG306 Hospitality Management Decision Making
  • TOMG307 Consumer Perspectives in the Tourism and Hospitality Industry
  • TOMG380 Aviation Management
  • MKTG354/454 Marketing of Services
  • TOMG404 Event Management Strategies
  • TOMG405 Entrepreneurship in Tourism and Hospitality
  • TOMG406 Hospitality Operations and Sustainable Management
  • TOMG409 Destination Management
  • TOMG496 Tourism and Hospitality Internship: From Theory to Practice

Please note: You may need to meet any additional paper prerequisites unless a waiver is obtained and depending upon your programme of study.

Postgraduate Certificate in Tourism and Hospitality Management (PGCert(THMgt))

To complete the requirements for a Postgraduate Certificate in Tourism and Hospitality Management, you must pass 60 points at 500-level from one subject area and meet the specific requirements prescribed for any subject.

The specific requirements for Tourism and Hospitality Management are that you must meet with the department's Graduate Convenor to discuss an appropriate personal programme of study.

Please note: If you fail a paper then you may repeat it once. If you fail more than one paper, or you fail the same paper twice, then you will not be permitted to proceed with the certificate. You may need to meet any additional paper prerequisites unless a waiver is obtained and depending upon your programme of study.

Postgraduate Diploma in Tourism and Hospitality Management (PGDip(THMgt))

To complete the requirements for a Postgraduate Diploma in Tourism and Hospitality Management, you must pass 120 points at 500-level and submit a Portfolio of Achievement (see the Postgraduate Diploma qualification information for further details). You must also meet the specific requirements prescribed for any subject. You can choose to take up to 30 points from other graduate subjects with the permission of the department's Graduate Convenor.

The specific requirements for Tourism and Hospitality Management are that you must meet with the department's Graduate Convenor to discuss an appropriate personal programme of study and include:

  • TOMG502 Tourism Planning and Environment
  • TOMG503 Hotel and Resort Management

And choose 60 points from:

  • TOMG518 Tourism and Hospitality Human Capital Management
  • TOMG519 Tourist Behaviour and Markets
  • TOMG520 Hospitality Operations Service Management
  • TOMG590 Directed Study
  • TOMG591 Tourism Management Dissertation
  • TOMG592 Tourism Management Dissertation
  • ANTH515 Ethnographic Research
  • DEVS504 State Policies on Indigenous Development
  • GEOG521 Advanced Tourism Research
  • MNGT501 Research Methods in Management Studies

Please note: If you fail a paper or papers (no more than 30 points), then you may repeat the paper once, or take an alternative paper. If you fail more than 30 points you will not be permitted to proceed with the diploma. You may need to meet any additional paper prerequisites unless a waiver is obtained and depending upon your programme of study.

Master of Management Studies, Tourism Management (MMS)

The completion requirements for the Master of Management Studies are dependent upon your admission criteria; please see the qualification information for further details. However all students must:

  • Meet with the department's Graduate Convenor to discuss an appropriate personal programme of study and to ensure any specific subject requirements are met.
  • Take MNGT501 Research Methods in Management Studies (unless passed previously)
  • Take a dissertation (591/592) or thesis (593/594) in your subject area
  • Submit a Portfolio of Achievement (see MMS information for further details).
  • Meet the specific requirements prescribed for any subject

The specific requirements for Tourism Management are that you must include (unless previously passed):

  • TOMG502 Tourism Development and the Environment

All students may choose any additional papers required from:

  • TOMG503 Hotel and Resort Management
  • TOMG518 Tourism and Hospitality Human Capital Management
  • TOMG519 Tourist Behaviour and Markets
  • TOMG590 Directed Study

Please note: If you fail a paper or papers (no more than 30 points), then you may repeat the paper once, or take an alternative paper. If you fail more than 30 points you will not be permitted to proceed with the degree. You may need to meet any additional paper prerequisites unless a waiver is obtained and depending upon your programme of study.

Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Please contact the Department's Graduate Convenor.