Travel and Tourism Course Online in South Africa | iQ Academy

Introduction to Travel and Tourism

Online Short Course

Fully online course: Register for the next intake

Take your career to new heights in this exciting South African growth sector. Study the latest travel and tourism fundamentals with this flexible online short course.

Expert Curriculum

Current South African content

Online - study anywhere, anytime

Flexible payment options

Innovative student portal

  • Expert Curriculum

    Developed with industry experts

  • Up to date content

    Developed for South Africa

  • Study online

    Anywhere, anytime

  • Study at your own pace

    No exam sittings

  • Flexible payment options

    Matched to your affordability

  • Innovative student portal

    Stay in touch with your dedicated Tutor

Over 30,000 students have successfully completed a Short Course with iQA.

Are you ready to join us? Send an enquiry and one of our Student Advisors will call you back shortly:
Step 1. Easily complete your Application over the phone.
Step 2. Be advised immediately if you are admitted to study.
Step 3. Start your registration process.

About this course

The Introduction to Travel and Tourism online course is intended for current tourism practitioners who want to improve their knowledge and skills to efficiently meet the increasing and diverse demands of the tourism sector.  Due to its holistic introductory nature, the programme also provides the basics for entry level scholars who intend to study further in the tourism field (skills training).

  • Study Method


  • Course Duration

    Self-paced: 6-18 Months

  • Study Time

    150 hours in total

    3 hours/week

    (complete in 12 mnths)

Study Method



Course Duration

Min 6 months
Max 18 months

Study Time

150 hours in total

3 hours per week

(12 months)

Price and Payment Options

Course Fee

The fees are all inclusive – there are no hidden costs.

Monthly Payment Options

  • R600 pm x 12 months
  • R1,200 pm x 6 months
  • Debit order
  • A deposit may be required subject to affordability

Full Payment

  • R7,200 (including registration and module fees)
  • Direct Deposit, EFT, Ozow (iPay), Credit or Debit Card (PayGate), Karri

*Please note that for Standard Bank customers we are an authorised beneficiary

Admission requirements

  • Minimum Grade 12, 18 years +
  • Proficient in English
  • Access to a reliable internet connection – no textbooks – the course is fully online
  • Email account
  • Smartphone or PC – you can do the course entirely on your smartphone!

What you need to enrol:

South African citizens:

  • Certified copy of ID document
  • Certified copy of highest school qualification

Non South Africa citizens:

  • Certified copy of passport
  • Certified copy of study permit
  • Certified copy of SAQA evaluation

Modules in this course

  • The Tourism System
  • Impact of Tourism
  • Introduction to Travel Operations
  • Communication Skills
  • Introduction to Travel Geographies

Next Intake Dates

Apr 2020 May 2020 Jul 2020 Sep 2020 Nov 2020
Start Date 20 Apr 20 May 20 Jul 21 Sep 23 Nov
Payment Date 31 Mar 05 May 06 Jul 07 Sep 05  Nov

Ready to take the next step?

Take a free virtual tour of this short course or send an Enquiry and a Student Advisor will call you back!

Who this short course is for

This short course offers theoretical insight and practical application that will help you kickstart or boost your career in Travel and Tourism, and is perfect for professionals in the following domains:

  • Inbound travel operations
  • Outbound travel operations
  • Tourism and transport logistics
  • Tourism retail
  • Tourism planning
  • Tourism destination, management
  • Destination competitiveness
  • Sustainable development
  • Responsible tourism

This course equips you with:

  • Foundational knowledge of travel in South Africa
  • Practical skills in travel operations
  • An understanding of the different types of tourism
  • A foundational understanding of the tourism system and the impact of tourism
  • Practical destination planning abroad
  • Skills to plan and manage itineraries
  • An ability to participate in, contribute to and lead industry relevant conversations
  • The capacity to develop interpersonal skills in the workplace and effective communications
  • Basic functional business administrational skills, i.e. presentations, reports, conducting meetings, interviews

Do you need more information?

Take a free virtual tour of this short course or download the Course Brochure

Exciting career opportunities

  • Travel Agent or Consultant
  • Tour Operator or Leader
  • Tourism Administrator
  • Guest Relations Officer / Concierge
  • Reservations Agent
  • Front Desk Operations
  • Guest House Manager

Learn online, at your own pace!

The introduction to Travel and Tourism Short Course is fully online and has been designed flexibly so you can study at your own pace:

  • Course material provided in digital and e-book format
  • Learn anywhere, anytime with a mobile first design
  • 3h per week to complete in 12 months, if you have more spare time you can complete the course sooner
  • Access to a dedicated tutor, student community forums and innovative student portal
  • Plus get FREE access to our exclusive Do Life modules that help you build everyday life skills

DO Life, just a little bit better!

DO Life is a FREE, value-add series of micro courses available to all iQ Students! Boost your everyday life skills using your phone, anywhere, any time.

Exciting topics include money matters, entrepreneurship, careers and many more! Check them out on your iCan student portal.

  • DO on the Go
  • DO Mobile
  • DO Flexi
  • DO On your student portal
  • It is free!

Sign up for a course and get DO Life free.

Link to: Micro Courses

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a short course?

A Short Course is a short learning programme that focuses on equipping you with a specific skillset. However, it is non-credit-bearing, which means it does not carry credits towards a registered qualification in terms of the National Qualifications Framework (NQF).

What is the difference between this course and the Tourism and Hospitality course?

The Introduction to Travel and Tourism course is focused on exactly Travel and Tourism and does not cover material related to hospitality management. The content is brand new and up-to-date, and it is fully online.  The Hospitality and Tourism course is not offered online.

I’m new to online learning, where do I start?

Log on to the iCan student portal and find the orientation module in your course. The module gives you all the information you need to help you navigate and become familiar with the workings of your online course.

Do I need to be online all the time to study?

No, each module has an eBook containing all the course material. You can download the eBook to your device and work through the material while you’re offline.

How do I get academic support?

A dedicated tutor is available online to provide support and assistance. They can answer your questions via iCan messages or the discussion forums. Your tutor can also be contacted by email or telephone.

How do I submit assignments?

For this course, you will submit your assignments online. Find instructions on how submissions work on your online learning orientation module, which is on the iCan student portal. You will be able to do your assignment online and get your results instantly.

What is the pass rate?

There are several assignments to be submitted per module. The pass mark for each assignment is 50% unless stated otherwise within the assignment instructions. There are no written examinations for this course.

What do I get, after I complete this course?

Once you complete your course, you will get a short course certificate. To qualify for this certification, you must:

  • Pass all your assignments
  • Pay up your student account
  • Email clear copy of your ID document to  or fax to 086 758  4800

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