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Tourism and hospitality
What majors can I study?
The following are just some of the majors you can study in this
What you’re in for
Tourism and hospitality has become something of a glamour field
in the last decade or so. With hotels, restaurants and travel
services becoming more and more sophisticated, traditional
Australian attitudes to ‘serving’ have changed dramatically.
For more information about careers in tourism and
hospitality, visit www.tourismtraining.com.au. If you are
interested in this field, you should also look at courses in the
related areas of business and management or sport and leisure
Courses and specialisations
The increasing profile of niche trading sectors such as
ecotourism, cultural tourism, wine tourism and sport tourism has
created growth in the industry, and new markets continue to
emerge, including heritage tourism and Indigenous tourism.
Courses in this field are largely vocationally oriented, so
many require students to work in on-campus training facilities and
include compulsory periods of industry placement — often paid.
You can build up your portfolio of skills and references by finding
part-time or casual work in the industry.
Where to study
In the past, most people in the tourism, hospitality and related
industries had little training, with most gaining the relevant
knowledge and skills on the job. These days, both vocational and
higher education qualifications at various levels are offered by a
range of institutions. While TAFEs and private providers were the
first to offer courses in this field, universities have followed suit,
especially those in regions known for their tourism industry
(Queensland, for instance). There are also a number of
residential schools, where students work on the premises as part
of their course. Note that fees may seem high at some of these
providers, but they usually include accommodation and meals.
Make an enquiry to be sure.
When choosing an institution, you should look for practical
training — either on the job or through on-campus simulation.
Make sure the course is fully accredited by the Australian
Hospitality (or Tourism Training) Review Panel, and check
whether the course is recognised by any international industry
organisations. Knowledge and skills gained in this industry are
increasingly transferable worldwide, and many students head
overseas as soon as they graduate. A course that doesn’t meet
international standards could reduce your options and leave you
stuck at home. Ask the institution you’re interested in for evidence
of its graduates’ success in getting jobs, and find out whether you
will be offered any help looking for work.
Finally, be aware that demand for some courses is high. To
compare entry difficulty at different institutions, see the ‘How
tough is it to get in?’ tables in Section 4.
Hotel and hospitality studies
To find out which institutions have courses with these specialisations, use
the Index on page 408.
The student body and graduate ratings
THE STUDENT BODY
tuition costs for
Teaching quality Generic skills
The fees shown are for the whole course and are approximate. Confirm with the institution concerned. For an explanation of abbreviations, see page 429.
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