Tourism is the largest industry and most global
in the world. In New Zealand, tourism is our top export earner, and Victoria University
of Wellington is one of the best providers of tourism education in the world. Our Bachelor
of Commerce in Tourism Management sets students up for a rewarding career as leaders and managers.
I’m really excited that we have a world class tourism programme. It’s been rated one of
the top 40 programmes in the world, number 28 by the QS Ranking, and one of the reasons
why we put the time and energy in to develop that programme is that tourism, globally speaking,
is one of the most important industries you can find. Tourism is a huge industry, both
in New Zealand and also on a global scale, and has the potential to really benefit nations
and communities. But it’s also a very complex industry that comes with a lot of challenges
so it’s very important that tourism managers do have a solid understanding of how to make
ethical, responsible and also sustainable decisions. Our new Tourism major within the
Bachelor of Commerce will of course have a broad based commerce background. We then have
a wide range of electives that allow our students to really tailor the degree based on their
specific interests. We’re also very excited about the strong experiential learning component
we have integrated in the degree and the connections and the contact with the tourism industry
here in Wellington and New Zealand. Now tourism management is becoming a major in commerce,
so people acknowledge that it is indeed part of the business, it teaches many transferable
skills. It’s the ability to think critically, it’s the ability to work in teams, it’s the
ability to use your imagination, it’s the ability to solve problems and make decisions.
So, we tend to concentrate, what a graduate brings is content and transferable skills.
New Zealand has a fantastic international reputation for tourism. The quality of our
tourism products and the people who deliver it, the manaakitanga, the hospitality, that
we show to our visitors. The kaitiakitanga, the stewardship, the guardianship, of what
we have and which is so important to New Zealanders and that’s something for any student to learn
and to adapt and use in their own environment, wherever they may end up working. I believe
tourism is a great degree, it leads to great careers, if you believe in the degree and
just never look back, you’ll really enjoy it.