Tourism and Hospitality Management

Tourism and hospitality is one of the world's largest industries and a major player in New Zealand's economy – we need experts to steer that growth. Learn how to manage sustainable operations that will make a lasting impressions on visitors.
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Why study Tourism and Hospitality Management?

This subject is not available to new students of the Bachelor of Business in 2025.

If you are a postgraduate student, please refer to Tourism Management.

Tourism and hospitality is one of New Zealand's fastest-growing export industries, and it can take your career to new places.

This subject will prepare you for an exciting global career managing tourism or hospitality businesses or events, in an industry that's focused on finding out what visitors want, and satisfying their needs. It's your ticket to work anywhere in the world!

You might even decide to become an entrepreneur and start up your own tourism or hospitality business.

The industry encompasses hotels/resorts, cruise ships, sport and leisure operators, restaurants, cafes, bars, theme parks, entertainment, arts and cultural attractions, special events, and much more.

Employers are looking for skillful, business-savvy managers who can plan, control, make strategic decisions, and understand the legal requirements for this sector - and that's where you come in.

  • Learn how to design and deliver memorable travel experiences
  • Build practical knowledge in areas such as service management, designing operational systems, business strategy, leading teams of staff, and managing financial resources.
  • Gain skills in destination marketing, event management, and intercultural communication.

Career Opportunities

  • Adventure tourism operator
  • Entrepreneur
  • Hotel/resort/cruise ship manager
  • National or regional tourism planner/promoter
  • Operations manager
  • Policy Advisor
  • Special events planner
  • Tourism/hospitality business consultant
This subject is not currently available for new enrolments

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Learn from the best

You'll be studying at Waikato Management School, which is in the top 1% of business schools globally with our prestigious Triple Crown Accreditation (EQUIS, AMBA and AACSB). 

In 2017, we were chosen by the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) to host research for New Zealand's first-ever Sustainable Tourism Monitoring Observatory.


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Management Student Centre (MSC)

MSB.1.50, Hillcrest Road, University of Waikato, Hamilton
Opening hours: 8.30am - 5.00pm, Monday to Friday