Bachelor of International Tourism Management Overview

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Tourism is the world's largest industry, and makes a huge contribution to the global economy and workforce. Study tourism with us, and you'll be well prepared to play an effective role in this exciting industry.

The Bachelor of International Tourism Management provides you with a sound understanding of the tourism industry and its role in the world. Explore how tourism businesses operate, how tourists behave and the impact of tourism on countries, cultures and the environment. Your study includes an industry placement in your last semester — an invaluable opportunity to apply what you have learnt and make industry contacts.

Programme code: AK1277
Level: 7
Points: 360
Duration: 3 years full-time / equivalent part-time
Venue: City Campus
Start date: 26 February 2018 / 16 July 2018

AUT encourages early application. These qualifications will remain open until all places have been filled.

Entry requirements


Structure and content

You complete core papers, a minimum of eight tourism papers, plus papers from your major. These provide the essential knowledge to understand the tourism industry and its position within New Zealand as a major employer and contributor to the economy.

Year 1

You complete eight papers that include the three core papers: Academic Communication: Conventions and Expectations, Introduction to Tourism and Culture and Society plus Level 5 papers from either your Destination Management or Travel Management major.

Year 2

In Year 2 you take CLSY504 Knowledge and Inquiry and papers from your chosen major. You also choose on of the following pathways:

  • Single Major with no Minor
  • Single Major with One Minor
  • Additional Major 

Year 3

You will complete final year paper/s, plus advanced level papers in your second major/minor and electives. In your final semester, you complete a work integrated learning with an organisation.

Tourism Work Integrated Learning

Work integrated learning helps you build further skills in the workplace, develop industry networks and help you make a decision on your professional career after graduating.


Core papers
CLSY500 Culture and Society
COMM570 Academic Communication: Conventions and Expectations
TOUR501 Introduction to Tourism
CLSY504 Knowledge and Inquiry
TOUR797 Tourism Work Integrated Learning

Tourism Major papers
FINA502 Finance for Hospitality, Tourism and Events: A Practical Approach
HOSP604 Hospitality Human Resource Management
HOSP704 Hospitality Strategic Management
SUSE501 Leadership for Sustainable Enterprise
SUSE602 Climate Change and Emissions Strategies
TOUR502 Visitor Attractions and Activities
TOUR503 Māori and Tourism in Aotearoa
TOUR505Customer Service and Interpersonal Skills
TOUR506 Product Development
TOUR510 World Geography
TOUR601 Cultural Heritage Management
TOUR604 Travel Distribution Management
TOUR606 Travel and Tourism Marketing
TOUR608 Transportation Operations and Management
TOUR609 Tourism and the Environment
TOUR701 Urban Tourism
TOUR704 Tourism Planning and Development
TOUR705 Contemporary Issues in Travel and Tourism
TOUR706 Tourist Behaviour
TOUR710 Tourism in the Information Age
TOUR711 Travel Management and Entrepreneurship

Additional majors and minors

Having skills in more than one discipline can give you the competitive edge and increase your career opportunities. If you choose a second major or a minor you can study an area of interest from a range of subjects.

Related programmes

Master of International Tourism Management

Fees information

To find out about student fees for programmes, see the fees information page.

Last updated: 10-Jan-2018 10.38am

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