Are you considering a career in tourism? This is an exciting industry to be in and one which provides an excellent base. Not only can you work in New Zealand but it's a useful occupation if you travel overseas. With one in ten people working within the tourism industry in New Zealand, the range of job opportunities are wide and range from hospitality, events, tours through to tourism marketing roles.
Here are just a few of the employment options if you take tourism as a career.
- Tourism marketing
- Tour guiding/drivers
- Meet and greet services
- Itinerary planning/group bookings
- Ground support
- Hotel reception/management
- Front desk
- Tourism sales
- Event/conference planning and organizing
- Guest Services/housekeeping
- Food and beverage
- Human Resources
Some of the areas you may work in include working in ski-fields, tourism attractions, airports, Visitor Information Centres, hotels, tour operators, inbound wholesalers, and transport operators just to name a few.
Here's a few example courses that may be available through the Open Polytechnic or local Tourism and Travel Colleges.
National Diploma in Hospitality Management L5
You will study operational skills in food, beverage and accommodation services, and the knowledge and skills required for supervision and management of operational hospitality areas such as restaurants, bars, accommodation and service areas.
Graduate Diploma in Event Management L7
Content includes event and conference management, project management tools, planning, public facilities operations, event marketing and sponsorship.
Bachelor of Tourism Management
The Bachelor of Tourism Management will position you to succeed in sectors ranging from hotel management and tourism policy consultancy to marketing management, environmental planning, tour operation and event management.
Certificate in Travel and Tourism
International Flight Attending Diploma, National Certificate in Travel & Tourism Core Skills,National Certificate in Travel Level 3.
Certificate in International Travel, Tourism & IT
National Certificate in Travel Level 4, National Certificate in Computing Level 3, Microsoft or University of Cambridge elective qualifications.
Diploma in Tourism and Travel Management
National Diploma in Tourism Level 5, IATA/UFTAA Consultants Diploma, International Flight Attending Diploma, Microsoft or University of Cambridge elective qualifications.
International Diploma in Tourism & Travel Management
National Diploma in Tourism Level 5, IATA/UFTAA Consultants Diploma, National Certificate in Travel & Tourism Core Skills, National Certificate in Travel Level 3, National Certificate in Travel Level 4, National Certificate in Computing Level 3, Microsoft or University of Cambridge elective qualifications, International Flight Attending Diploma.
View our selection of New Zealand tourism, travel and hospitality jobs here.
Check out the education and training section for businesses that provide tourism training.