Tourism in New Zealand – a burgeoning industry

The Auckland Institute of Studies has a tourism course for you.

Are you a tourist in New Zealand, or somewhere else in the world? If so, you probably know how fun being a part of the action with overseas visitors can be. Meeting new people all the time, and being involved in fun tourist activities, such as bungee jumping and skydiving – that's all available to you in New Zealand.

But how can you start working in tourism if you're only a tourist yourself? By completing a course of study through Auckland Institute of Studies (AIS) in tourism management.

How can you start working in tourism if you're only a tourist yourself?

But what do job prospects and the future of this industry look like in New Zealand?

Is there further growth on the horizon?

If you've ever seen Lord of the Rings, you'll know about the ranging hills and dense bushland around the country. You can even find some of these natural features in the biggest of our cities, with volcanoes in Auckland and some beautiful walks around Wellington and Queenstown in particular.

Studying tourism management allows you to virtually do anything you want with your career. You can help set up an organisation that brings tourists from all over the world together in one place so they can experience the best parts of New Zealand together – with like-minded individuals. You can start a local guide in the city you're working in about the best coffee spots for tourists, or the coolest places to see the sun set.

Could coffee be cornerstone of your tourism management career?Could coffee be cornerstone of your tourism management career?

According to Canstar Blue research, everyone in Auckland spends an average of $14.02 every week just on coffee. Of course, not everyone drinks it, and there are some who drink more than four cups a day. The point is, if you think outside the box, you can do anything you want with a tourism management degree. More people are wanting to get a taste for the beauty New Zealand has to offer, so the tourism industry is still growing, and will continue to be a major factor in the national economy.

You can be a big part of that.

Will you meet like-minded individuals when you study at AIS?

When you study in Auckland, or New Zealand in general, you'll meet a lot of people who are just like you. People who are travelling the world and trying to find their way and being a little adventurous. You'll also find locals who have similar interests, and will make you feel right at home.

People who live in New Zealand make up far more of the tourist economy than overseas visitors.

In fact, people who live in New Zealand make up far more of the tourist economy than overseas visitors. The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment shows that for September 2016, the international spend on regional tourism was $634 million. The domestic spend was a whopping $921 million. This is just another reason why the industry is going to continue growing – even the locals love spending money on tourist attractions!

There's so much to see and do in Auckland alone, and that's not even the adventure capital of New Zealand (Queenstown holds that honour). If you come up with a unique tourism idea, and put it into action with the skills you learn through your tourism management course at AIS, you'll be contributing to the industry, and attracting more and more overseas visitors.

Studying at AIS opens up a world of opportunity not only in New Zealand, but also around the world. For more information about getting started in this exciting , growing and global industry, talk to our friendly team today.