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Tourism, Sport and Events

Interested in Tourism, Sport and Events?

Build an exciting global career developing and managing sport and recreation initiatives or tourism and events. 

Discover how to manage sport and recreation events, develop innovative tourism initiatives, implement programs and manage financial and physical resources. Gain practical skills through site visits and industry placements and learn from from guest lecturers and our highly experienced teaching team.

You will gain the confidence and tools to lead, motivate and manage others, communicate effectively, make decisions, collaborate with a range of people in different settings, think strategically and solve problems effectively.

Grow your career opportunities through an industry placement, and gain a global perspective through overseas exchange, providing you with the experience to enhance your career prospects in a diverse range of tourism, events, sport and recreation industries.

Combined degrees

We offer a wide range of undergraduate combined degree combinations so you can specialise in two fields and expand your career prospects. See how you can pair two interest areas and tailor your qualification. Learn more.

3+1 Pathway to Masters

For select degrees, you can complete a bachelor and masters qualification in just four years. This unique offering allows you to fast-track your studies and graduate with greater expertise and career opportunities. Learn more.

Key features

  • Study at the No.1 Business School in South Australia for graduate careers1.
  • Join a business school ranked in the World Top 50 for Hospitality and Leisure Management2.
  • Build an exciting career managing sports and recreation, events, and initiatives.
  • Develop practical experience with industry professionals as part of your studies.
  • Hear from guest lecturers and learn from a highly-experienced team.
  • Awarded the South Australian Tourism Award for Education and Training, and admitted to the SA Tourism Hall of Fame.
  • Leverage opportunities to participate in industry placements and overseas exchanges – we have more than 2,500 industry partners and over 60 university partners worldwide.
  • Our Business School is in the top one per cent worldwide3 and has been awarded an overall five stars for excellence in the QS Stars Ratings 2018.
  • Our range of undergraduate business degrees include common core courses in first year – you can then specialise in a chosen area, change your major, add a minor, combine two degrees, or and pick and choose from professional electives so you graduate industry-ready.

1QILT: Graduate Destinations Survey 2015 and Graduate Outcomes Survey 2016-17 – Full-time Employment Indicator. Public SA-founded universities only.  22017 QS Subject Area Rankings.  3UniSA Business School is one of just nine institutions in the country and 176 globally to be accredited by EQUIS. There are a total pool of 16,521 business schools worldwide, AACSB, May 2017.

Why UniSA?

  • UniSA Business School is No.1 in South Australia for graduate careers1.
  • Our strong real-world connections mean you can learn from researchers recognised as performing world standard in Tourism2.
  • You can gain valuable industry experience before you graduate with access to internships, overseas exchange, study tours, professional development courses, Summer or Winter School intensives and more – plus we give you a longer break between semesters to make sure you have the time.
  • Engage in our mentor program and be paired with an experienced business professional to enhance your network and career.
  • Choose from flexible learning options to suit your needs and lifestyle including online, on-campus, full-time and part-time study.
  • Our Business School is in the top one per cent worldwide3 and has been awarded an overall five stars for excellence in the QS Stars Ratings 2018.
  • We are consistently recognised and awarded for our excellence in teaching, the quality of our degrees and satisfaction of our students – there's never been a better time to study at the UniSA Business School.
  • As a high achieving student, you may be a lucky recipient of one of our prizes or awards.

1QILT: Graduate Destinations Survey 2015 and Graduate Outcomes Survey 2016-17 – Full-time Employment Indicator. Public SA-founded universities only.  22015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).  3UniSA Business School is one of just nine institutions in the country and 176 globally to be accredited by EQUIS. There are a total pool of 16,521 business schools worldwide, AACSB, May 2017. 

UniSA offers 13 Tourism, Sport and Events degrees

Choose your level of study

Your career

As the No.1 Business School in South Australia for graduate careers1, our quality teaching and experiences beyond the classroom will ensure you graduate career-ready.

Between now and 2020 in Australia, employment in sport and recreation, and tourism and event management is expected to grow. The availability of roles is expected to increase by:

  • 3,100 jobs for amusement, fitness and sport centre managers (or 20.8 per cent)
  • 2,200 jobs for conference and event organisers (or 9.5 per cent)
  • 17,300 jobs for accommodation and hospitality managers (or 14.3 per cent)
  • 15,600 jobs for cafe and restaurant managers (or 21.4 per cent)2

Careers to consider:

  • Sport development officer: Promoting participation in sport; working with sporting clubs, local councils and the wider community; ensure people of all ages and ability can access sporting facilities; working with teams and individuals to improve their performance
  • Community development officer (local council): Maximising the use of local facilities through the development of programs, creating partnerships, and working with the community; developing initiatives for local residents to improve wellbeing and enhance quality of life
  • Coach: Providing expert training for sporting teams and athletes; assisting with skills development and fitness; assessing the performance of athletes and helping strengthen areas of weakness; developing tactics and strategies
  • Event manager or coordinator: using strong organisational and project management skills to deliver successful, cost-effective events; managing staff and suppliers; booking venues, facilities and equipment; marketing and promotion; analysis and reporting on event performance
  • Tourism policy planner: developing policy and research papers, major industry reports, submissions and responses; engaging with stakeholders such as industry and the general public and maintaining these networks; monitoring and reporting; developing government or stakeholder relations strategies
  • Hotel manager: overseeing daily hotel operations; planning and supervising staff activities; ensuring the smooth and profitable running of business; strategic planning and reporting; communicating effectively with employees, customers and suppliers

1QILT: Graduate Destinations Survey 2015 and Graduate Outcomes Survey 2016-17 – Full-time Employment Indicator. Public SA-founded universities only.  2Graduates aged less than 25 in first full-time employment. Source: Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015.

Your Career

Global networks

We are a globally connected university, our staff and students come from over 90 countries. We have more than 2,500 industry and professional relationships that support student internships, research and community engagement.

Our Business School works with more than 200 companies, governments and organisations, and many of these are long-standing relationships built on common goals and shared values.

In the 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) rankings, our research in marketing, management and tourism was assessed as world-class. We have strong links, individually and collectively, with leading and like-minded research institutions in North America, Europe and the UK and are building equally exciting new relationships in Asia.

Industry facts

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Employment for amusement, fitness and sport centre managers in Australia is projected to increase by 20.8 per cent by November 20201

1 Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015 

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By 2020, employment in Australia for conference and event organisers is projected to increase by 9.5 per cent1.  

1 Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015 

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Accommodation and hospitallity manager employment in Australia is projected to increase by 17,300 jobs (14.3 per cent) by November 20201

1 Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015 

 

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1QILT: Graduate Destinations Survey 2015 and Graduate Outcomes Survey 2016-17 – Full-time Employment Indicator. Public SA-founded universities only.

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What others are saying

I made the most of my experiential learning opportunities at UniSA by completing a study tour in Taiwan and South Korea. I learnt the processes behind the planning of major international events and the global context tourism can take. The program gave me the unique chance to build international contacts.

Hannah Kemp

Bachelor of Business (Tourism and Event Management)

Tourism and Event Management student, Hannah Kemp

Hannah Kemp

Bachelor of Business (Tourism and Event Management)

My degree has given me an understanding of not only sport and recreation, but also accounting, event planning, outdoor education and marketing. The development opportunities and engagement with people from the business world was vital in gaining experience to succeed after university.

Lisa Kennedy, Emerging Leader Award recipient, 2016 AFL Football Woman of the Year Awards

Bachelor of Business (Sport and Recreation Management)
Employment: Development Coordinator, AFL NSW/ACT

Lisa Kennedy

Lisa Kennedy, Emerging Leader Award recipient, 2016 AFL Football Woman of the Year Awards

Bachelor of Business (Sport and Recreation Management)
<br />Employment: Development Coordinator, AFL NSW/ACT

During my studies I completed two work placements which gave me hands-on experience and access to industry knowledge. This was the most important aspect of the program as the work placements gave me practice-based experience and allowed me to learn from people in the profession.

Damien Jennings

Bachelor of Business (Sport and Recreation Management)
Employment: Project Officer: Sport Integrity, Office for Recreation & Sport

Sport and recreation management student, Damien Jennings

Damien Jennings

Bachelor of Business (Sport and Recreation Management)
<br />Employment: Project Officer: Sport Integrity, Office for Recreation & Sport

Why study at UniSA?

As one of the most innovative universities in Australia and Asia, there are many reasons to study with us. Here are just three:

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Accessible, helpful and flexible

We have six campuses, a 24/7 online learning environment, and we offer flexible study options like online and evening courses.

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Graduate success

UniSA is South Australia's number one university for graduate careers.*
*QILT: Graduate Destinations Survey 2015 and Graduate Outcomes Survey 2016-17 – Full-time Employment Indicator. Public SA-founded universities only.

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A five star university

Five stars for research, teaching, employability, internationalisation, facilities, social responsibility and inclusiveness.*
*QS Stars rankings 2017