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Study Hospitality at Otago

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The Hospitality minor provides an introduction to the workings of hospitality businesses. While it recognises links to the wider tourism system, its focus is primarily on issues that face individual hospitality businesses. The minor gives students a grounding in the fundamentals of business operation that set the hospitality sector apart from other business sectors, including: issues associated with co-creation of the 'product'; the significance of human resources management; the impact of seasonality; yield (revenue) management; and the unique nature of distribution for hospitality products.

Students will not only be introduced to these key business concepts, but also to the philosophical and theoretical underpinnings of the phenomenon of hospitality; this is what sets the minor apart from other courses in hospitality.

Elective papers specified for the minor also allow students to study the business of wine, tourist behaviour, resorts and lodgings management, and events and conventions management.

This minor will be of interest to Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) (Tourism) students interested in the accommodation, events, and food and beverage sectors, or in running their own hospitality businesses in future. It will also provide other BCom students (especially Management, Economics or Marketing students) with an industry-specific specialisation within their degree programmes. The minor will also be of interest to students enrolled in other degree programmes, as it provides an introduction to business operations in the sector that is the world's largest employer.

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Minor subject requirements

Hospitality as a minor subject for a BA, MusB, BPA, BTheol, BSc, BAppSc, BCom, BHealSc, or BASc degree

Available as a minor subject for a Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Music (MusB), Bachelor of Performing Arts (BPA), Bachelor of Theology (BTheol), Bachelor of Science (BSc), Bachelor of Applied Science (BAppSc), Bachelor of Commerce (BCom), Bachelor of Health Science (BHealSc), or Bachelor of Arts and Science (BASc) degree

Level Papers Points
100-level TOUR 103  Introduction to Hospitality 18
200-level and above

TOUR 218  Tourism and Hospitality Enterprise Management

TOUR 303  Tourist Accommodation Management or TOUR 304  Event and Conventions Management

and two further papers from:
TOUR 214  Introduction to Wine Business
TOUR 216  Sport Tourism
TOUR 217  Tourist Behaviour
TOUR 303  Tourist Accommodation Management
TOUR 304  Event and Conventions Management
HUNT 244  Foodservice Environments





Total 90

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