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Why study Tourism at Otago?

Want to take the first step up the tourism career ladder? 

Studying Tourism at Otago will give you the expertise, support and opportunities you need to take your career around the world.

Tourism is one of New Zealand’s leading industries. It offers unparalleled opportunities to contribute to a sustainable economy and confirm our “100% Pure” global brand. Tourism is a global growth industry and so while the Tourism degree has a strong business emphasis, close attention is also paid to the ethical, cultural, social and environmental dimensions of tourism.

Here are just a few good reasons to study Tourism at Otago:

  1. Our tourism graduates have been extremely successful in finding employment in the tourism industry, both within New Zealand and overseas in a range of tourism businesses and organisations
  2. Our tourism staff are well-connected, research-active, supportive and dedicated to helping you get ahead
  3. It’s not just about management – a BCom in Tourism combines social sciences with practical industry skills; building social consciousness and giving you a wider societal and environmental perspective
  4. We are one of the main centres for tourism research in the Asia-Pacific region
  5. We are a forward-thinking Department, going beyond business and helping develop the skills that make future leaders

Our tourism graduates love us

Don’t just take our word for it – read about one of our tourism graduates’ experience about studying Tourism at Otago:

Leaving bustling Beijing for Dunedin to complete a one-year master’s degree in Tourism was a delight for Shasha Wu.
She had been working in the 798 Art Zone, or Dashanzi Art District, in Beijing after travelling the world and completing a degree in Marketing at the Beijing Institute of Petro-Chemical Technology.
“My last job was in a contemporary art gallery, but I wanted a professional and academic view of the tourism industry which is rapidly growing in China.”
Dunedin suited her perfectly.
“I like a small, peaceful town, and here you can walk everywhere and it is very beautiful. I had an opportunity to go to Paris to study, but I had already been there twice.”
Her 12-month master’s degree includes a research project in the third semester and Shasha is looking forward to putting all she has learned so far into practice.
“My professors are giving me a new understanding of research. Yes, we follow the truth and collect data, but they are now giving us a new understanding – it is more of a post- modern, more flexible approach which I prefer.”
She has also found Otago’s facilities to be of very high quality – “the library is all I could hope for”, and the people as friendly as she had been told.
The classes have already involved field trips, including one to Queenstown, where she hopes to work for a while after finishing her degree.
“We had lectures from some of the stakeholders there and I could see the potential opportunities – and the pitfalls as well.”
Shasha says tourism in and from China has huge potential, but the trick is to attract visitors to come to New Zealand not just once, but to return.
Perhaps I can play a part in that."

Shasha Wu MTour Masters in Tourism at Otago