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About Tourism

The University of Otago offers a world-class education in Tourism and Hospitality

Tourism at Otago goes beyond conventional thinking and explores all aspects of the industry, focusing on local and international tourism perspectives so that students understand the ‘big picture’ as well as the day-to-day tourism operations.

The Department of Tourism was established in 1989 and is one of the most innovative providers of tourism education and research in New Zealand and the wider Asia-Pacific region.

Read our Head of Department’s welcome.

You can find the Department of Tourism on the 2nd Floor of the Commerce Building (corner Union and Clyde Streets), Dunedin.

Envisaging a better world through Tourism

It’s about more than just Tourism to us. We are working towards building global consciousness - together with our students, research, and engagement with key people and places.

The University of Otago is renowned for high quality, theoretically-informed work in tourism studies. We address the most critical issues of our times through:

  • Quality, relevant, interdisciplinary and innovative teaching
  • Great graduates who are the first choice for tourism/hospitality employers in New Zealand
  • World-class industry and community relevant research
  • Leading Tourism studies under four key pillars: business, society, environment and governance

Read about Tourism research at Otago.

Learn about our Tourism staff expertise.