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About Tourism

Exceptional employment outcomes

Independently rated five stars for student support^, JCU Tourism produces graduates who are ready to kick-start their career in this fast-growing industry.

Work worldwide

Work in Australia and around the globe. JCU graduates are equipped with the global business skills and specialist training to stand out in their field.

Unique placement opportunities

Be equipped with the skills to succeed. Take part in paid internships at five-star industry partners while you gain barista, RSA and HACCP qualifications during your studies.

Graduate with confidence

JCU Tourism supports you to develop an understanding of research and practice in tourism, hospitality and events as you build community and industry partnerships and networks.

Benefit from over 30 years of teaching and research experience. JCU Tourism students thrive learning at the first tourism school established in Australia. Gain a wide understanding of knowledge and skills. Sustainability, cultures and people, and destination management are themes evident throughout the degree. Strong industry contacts and build a professional network.  Extensive business partnerships and international alumni allow JCU students the opportunity to develop firsthand, practical experience in the industry.

Stand out from the crowd and manage tourism and hospitality attractions, tours, events, and services. You will gain the professional knowledge and expertise to manage, plan and market the food, recreation, accommodation and tourism industry.  You will study the intricacies of conference and event management and the logistics and operations behind hospitality. Through work experience, field trips and site visits, you will learn the practical skills required to excel in the industry.

Events are central to local economies and tourism; you will work within a dynamic global industry that is growing exponentially. Benefit from our strong industry connections with a major designed to meet employer needs by providing first-hand practical experience. Learn how to create, organise and coordinate sports, business, and public events on both a small and large scale.

The College of Business, Law and Governance is proud to partner with a number of organisations and initiatives across the Cairns region in support of our Tourism, Hospitality and Events programs:

  • Accor International
  • Advance Cairns
  • Bad Fishy Jet Boating & Cairns Boat Hire
  • Bailey, A Crystalbrook Collection Hotel
  • Cairns Convention Centre
  • Chamber of Commerce
  • Down Under Tours
  • Frontier Education
  • Ochre Restaurant and Catering
  • Piccolo Cucina
  • Prawn Star
  • Reef Information Visitor Centre and Destination Cairns Marketing
  • Riley, Crystalbrook Collection Resort
  • Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina, Cairns
  • Study Cairns
  • TAFE Queensland
  • The CaPTA Group
  • Tourism Tropical North Queensland
  • SKAL International
  • YouStudy International College

These organisations receive a range of benefits through this partnership including:

  • Recruitment of qualified and trained employees
  • Learning integrated work placements
  • Opportunities to contribute to curriculum refresh
  • Students available to conduct research projects
  • Guest speaker opportunities
  • Field trips
  • Panel discussions
  • Leadership training
  • Mentorships
  • Teaching and learning opportunities
  • Participation in JCU Open Day
  • Opportunities for inclusion in JCU marketing content