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Bachelor of Tourism Management (BTM)

Please note: Information on this page relates to the 2013 academic year unless otherwise specified.

Contact

Dr Karen Smith
BTM Programme Director
Phone: 0-4-463 5721
Email: karen.smith@vuw.ac.nz
Website: www.victoria.ac.nz/som

About

Whether they come to bungy jump or visit "Middle Earth", international tourists recognise New Zealand as an exciting travel destination. Our tourism industry welcomes two million international visitors a year and is the country’s second-largest export earner.

In the competitive global market, innovative, high-value tourism initiatives have reinforced New Zealand’s reputation as an industry leader.

As well as a major worldwide business, tourism is a growing field of academic study and research. A Bachelor of Tourism Management (BTM) prepares graduates for positions of responsibility and management in the tourism industry. It offers the specialist knowledge and practical skills that employers are looking for, locally and globally.

Victoria’s BTM is designed to meet the industry’s needs. Its specialist teaching staff are involved in tourism research in New Zealand and abroad, resulting in courses that are relevant, up-to-date, and in touch with international trends. The University’s Wellington city location gives ready access to policy makers and industry organisations that contribute to the course with specialised guest lecturers.

A BTM can lead to postgraduate study in Victoria’s Bachelor of Tourism Management (Hons) or Master of Tourism Management programmes. Graduates find employment in the tourism industry in strategic planning and management, event management, conference coordination, attraction development, eco-tourism, and in other fields including human resources and marketing.

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A BTM at Victoria

The Bachelor of Tourism Management degree requires three years of full-time study. 360 points are required. At least 204 points must be above 100 level. See Tourism Management for degree requirements and course details, or see the Course Finder to find out the points value of courses.

To enrol in a BTM you need a university entrance qualification.

The BTM combines well with other degrees such as a Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) in Marketing, a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Geography or a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Languages. These double degrees take four to five years of full-time study.

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How to find out more

Contact the Student Recruitment, Admission and Orientation Office or the Commerce Student and Academic Services Office for a Bachelor of Tourism Management Prospectus and/or an appointment to discuss your plans.

Check out the Tourism subject page for more information about the BTM and descriptions of the courses.

Don’t forget to look up the individual subject pages for the areas which interest you.

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Degree examples

More information is available on the Tourism Management subject page.

Example 1 

Year 1
Course Points
TOUR 101 Introduction to Tourism 20
TOUR 104 Business Environment of Tourism 20
TOUR 108 Tourism in New Zealand 20
MGMT 101 Introduction to Management 15
SPAN 111 Introduction to the Spanish Language 20
SPAN 112 Elementary Spanish 20
  
Year 2
Course Points
TOUR 230 Visitor Management 20
TOUR 240 Principles of Tourism Management 20
TOUR 250 Managing Visitor Impacts 20
QUAN 102 Statistics for Business 15
MARK 101 Principles of Marketing 15
MGMT 205 Strategic Management 15
SPAN 215 Spanish Language 2A 20
  
Year 3
Course Points
TOUR 301 Tourism Planning and Policy 20
TOUR 320 Tourism Practicum 15
TOUR 345 Tourist Behaviour 20
TOUR 380 Tourism Research 20
MARK 214 Tourism Marketing 15
1 x elective course 15
1 x elective course 15

Example 2 

 
Year 1
Course Points
TOUR 101 Introduction to Tourism 20
TOUR 104 Business Environment of Tourism 20
TOUR 108 Tourism in New Zealand 20
INFO 101 Foundations of Information 15
MARK 101 Principles of Marketing 15
MGMT 101 Introduction to Management 15
 
Year 2
Course Points
TOUR 230 Visitor Management 20
TOUR 240 Principles of Tourism Management 20
TOUR 250 Managing Visitor Impacts 20
ELCM 211 Foundations of e-Commerce  15
MGMT 202 Organisational Behaviour 15
HRIR 201 Managing Human Resources and Industrial Relations 15
GEOG 112 An Introduction to Human Geography and Development in the Asia Pacific 15
 
Year 3
Course Points
TOUR 301 Tourism Planning and Policy 20
TOUR 320 Tourism Practicum 15
TOUR 380 Tourism Research 20
TOUR 390 Applied Tourism Management 20
1 x elective course 15
1 x elective course 15
1 x elective course 15
1 x elective course 15