Experience and learn about Aotearoa’s unique tourism attractions and how they are managed. Students will come away with knowledge of key skills required for working within the tourism industry.
New Zealand and the international tourism sector has undergone unprecedented change in recent times. Find out what this means for the New Zealand domestic and international tourism industry. This course provides students with an opportunity to meet leading operators and experience the services they offer. You will have the opportunity to learn about the unique attractions of different regions of Te Tau Ihu and to practice key skills required for this industry and the world of work.
This programme will appeal to students who respond well to experiential, hands on and fun learning.
On completion of this course you will be able to:
- Demonstrate verbal communication skills in a wide range of tourism contexts.
- Communicate with people from other cultures.
- Define and describe culture in the context of the tourism industry.
- Apply cross-cultural communication skills with visitors to Aotearoa New Zealand.
- Demonstrate knowledge of methods applied to raise service levels to visitors from other cultures.
- Explain the importance of Māori place names in tourism.
- Present a short mihi and poroporoaki in Te Reo Māori in a tourism context.
- Explain tikanga in tourism Māori.
- Contribute within a team or group which has an objective.
*This course is under review and some outcomes may change.
Note: If circumstances change there could be mixed models of delivery e.g online, face to face one day per week or block options.
Starts: Term 1 intake
4 x four day block courses (includes overnight)
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Pathways + Opportunities
- Tourism Industry Employment
- Diploma in Adventure Tourism
- NZ Certificate or Diploma in Tourism
- University or Polytechnic Studies
- Bachelor in Tourism Management
- Bachelor of Commerce*
- Bachelor of Event Management
- Bachelor of Marketing
*Available locally at NMIT
- Tourism Business Operator
- Hotel Receptionist
- Flight Attendant
- Tour Guide
- Travel Consultant
- Adventure Tourism Guide
- Museum Guide
- Tourism Marketer
Find out more about what you will learn in the programme
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Briarna has thoroughly enjoyed the experience of the Tourism Operations course, especially meeting new people from different schools. Being able to visit different tourism destinations, learning about Maori culture and the history of the places she visited during the course, have had a big impact on Briarna.
One of the highlights was a trip to Anchorage in the Abel Tasman National Park where the group experienced canyoning down the Torrent River. This was a real challenge for Briarna, where she had to “push through” despite carrying an injury, to complete the river canyoning. Briarna also loved the bush experience and seeing and listening to the birds.
The course has helped Briarna to think about her future when she finishes school. She is currently looking at opportunities for further study in Tourism or Camp America. “This course has opened by my eyes to the possibilities available in the tourism industry and how I need to take opportunities as they come along”.