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Bachelor of Business majoring in Tourism and Hospitality Management

The University of Waikato
Hamilton (New Zealand)
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Program description

Waikato's new three-year Bachelor of Business will prepare you to lead people and manage a successful company or not-for-profit enterprise across a wide range of industries. You'll also gain the know-how to start your own small business.

This degree will equip you with well-rounded business and financial acumen that today's employers are looking for, across all the key areas of management: accounting, economics, finance, marketing, strategy, supply chain management, digital business, data analytics, and much more.

You'll also develop core skills in decision-making, analysis, innovation, teamwork, leadership and communication that will stand you in good stead throughout your career.

As a BBus student, you'll gain valuable insights into why companies need to be agile and innovative in today's unpredictable global marketplace. You'll learn how to make a company's operations more efficient and profitable, satisfy the needs of your customers, and what's involved in managing international supply chains.

Discover the entrepreneurial process of creating new products, and be introduced to the latest digital technologies – such as big data and cloud computing – that are revolutionising business and society.

In third year, you'll have the opportunity to gain practical management experience working for a local or international organisation, and apply everything you've learned so far to a real business situation.

Tourism and Hospitality Management

Tourism and hospitality is one of New Zealand's fastest-growing export industries, and it can take your career to new places.

This subject will prepare you for an exciting global career managing tourism or hospitality businesses or events, in an industry that's focused on finding out what visitors want, and satisfying their needs. It's your ticket to work anywhere in the world!

You might even decide to become an entrepreneur and start up your own tourism or hospitality business.

The industry encompasses hotels/resorts, cruise ships, sport and leisure operators, restaurants, cafes, bars, theme parks, entertainment, arts and cultural attractions, special events, and much more.

Employers are looking for skilful, business-savvy managers who can plan, control, make strategic decisions, and understand the legal requirements for this sector - and that's where you come in.

  • Learn how to design and deliver memorable travel experiences
  • Build practical knowledge in areas such as service management, designing operational systems, business strategy, leading teams of staff, and managing financial resources.
  • Gain skills in destination marketing, event management, and inter-cultural communication.

Career opportunities

  • Hotel/resort/cruise ship manager
  • Tourism/hospitality business consultant
  • Sport/leisure manager
  • Restaurant/bar manager
  • Special events planner
  • Adventure tourism operator
  • National or regional tourism planner/promoter
  • Catering services manager
  • Business entrepreneur
  • Government policy advisor
  • Operations manager

Second majors

This degree also offers the flexibility to major in your choice of any two of the subjects listed below. Or you can pair a single BBus major with almost any other undergraduate subject offered at the University of Waikato.

  • Accounting
  • Digital Business
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • Human Resource Management
  • Marketing
  • Public Relations
  • Strategic Management

For a double major, you will take eight papers (120 points) in each of those two subjects.

Admission requirements

Entry requirements vary from country to country.

You can apply if you have international academic qualification equivalent to NCEA University Entrance. All applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis. For more details, please visit university site.

Students must demonstrate proficiency in written and spoken English. The University's English language entry requirements are: IELTS (Academic) - 6.0 overall (no band less than 6.0); iBT (internet based) TOEFL - 79-80 with a score of 20 in writing; Pearson PTE Academic - 57 with no less than 57 for each communicative skill; Waikato Pathways - Successful completion of Level 7 with a B grade average in the Certificate of Attainment in Academic English (CAAE) program.

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About this institute

The University of Waikato

The University of Waikato, located in the central North Island city of Hamilton, is an internationally recognised tertiary institution offering degree programmes designed to produce job-ready graduates. Each year, the University provides more than 2,000 industry placements and internship opportunities,...

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The University of Waikato

Gate 1, Knighton Road
3240 Hamilton
New Zealand


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