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About this course

Whether you want to kickstart or expand your career in travel and tourism, this course has something valuable for you.

Due to the substantive curriculum design, you will not only gain knowledge of the industry and current and future trends, but you will also develop the personal and professional skills needed to thrive in this diverse industry. This course will equip you with the technical, managerial, personal, and operational skills required for the running of a tourism enterprise or management of a tourism destination.

Course summary
  • 6 units

  • 6 months at 8 hours/week

  • Certificate included
  • Lecture-supported

Introduction to Travel and Tourism


Short Course


Fully Online


6 months


8 h/week

Pay as little as R466.39* / monthly

Flexible payment options available

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What you will learn about

This course contains 6 units and can be completed in 6 months at the recommended pace of 8 hours per week:

  • Unit 1. The Tourism System
  • Unit 2. Impact of Tourism
  • Unit 3. Introduction to Travel Operations
  • Unit 4. Introduction to Travel Geographies – South Africa
  • Unit 5. Introduction to Travel Geographies – Rest of the World
  • Unit 6. Communication Skills

With our structured approach to learning, you can quickly gain valuable knowledge and skills. All courses include onboarding information, video lessons, multiple assessment opportunities, and monthly live Q&A sessions with a subject matter expert.

Upon completion of the Introduction to Travel and Tourism short course, you should be able to:

  1. Know the various definitions of tourism and definitions of important tourism terms and concepts, including abbreviations
  2. Explain the interrelationships between the main types of tourism and the classification of tourism products according to the destination mix
  3. Summarise the impacts of tourism products on the economy using the supply and demand principles
  4. Integrate knowledge of principles, theories and trends to assess the significant contributions of tourism development and the impact on the economy
  5. Explain the socio-cultural, environmental and economic positive – and negative impacts on tourism
  6. Apply essential steps when preparing and planning for meetings, workplace reports and presentations
  7. Identify and analyse the main characteristics of sustainable and responsible tourism development in South Africa
  8. Apply knowledge to explain possible itineraries for each sector of the tourism industry given a specific scenario
  9. Understand the important aspects and the interrelationship between different types of communication, interpersonal relationships and the barriers of these to function more effectively in the workstation
  10. Develop specific destination knowledge for South Africa, Africa and the rest of the world

Is this course right for me?

This course is intended for current tourism practitioners who want to improve their knowledge and skills to meet the diverse demands of the tourism sector. Due to its holistic introductory nature, the programme also provides the basis for entry-level scholars who intend to study further in the tourism field.

As such, it offers theoretical insight and practical application for a wide variety of vocations, including practitioners, scholars, managers, and planners in the following domains:

  • Government careers in the tourism sectors
  • Careers in the parks and recreation sectors
  • Travel Consultant in a Travel Agency
  • Tour Operator or Tour Guide
  • Tourism Administrator
  • Guest Relations Officer
  • Reservations Agent
  • Tourism Information Officer
  • Guest House Manager, and many more

This course has been designed in collaboration with a leading professor and subject matter expert to bring you an industry-leading curriculum. On completion of this course, you will be equipped with the technical, managerial, personal, and operational skills required to run a tourism enterprise or manage a tourism destination.

The knowledge and skills that this course provides will enable you to explore exciting career directions in a variety of travel and tourism industries.

Students who complete this short course may have the opportunity to work in a variety of travel and tourism industry areas. Potential roles include:

  • Government careers in the tourism sectors
  • Careers in the parks and recreation sectors
  • Travel Consultant in a Travel Agency
  • Tour Operator or Tour Guide
  • Tourism Administrator
  • Guest Relations Officer
  • Reservations Agent,
  • Tourism Information Officer
  • Guest House Manager, and many more.

When can you start this course?

Our Short Courses are administered in various intakes throughout the year. Enrol for a date that suits you or enquire now if you’d like more information.


Short Course Admissions

  • Minimum of Grade 10 (Standard 8)
  • Grade 12 or NQF 4 equivalent preferred
  • At least 18 years of age
  • Alternate admission is possible on the basis of Mature Age exemption (23 years and older)
  • Ability to read and write in English, which is the language of instruction
  • Students should also possess a basic level of digital literacy skills

Our Short Course programmes are offered all year round, making enrolling easy and convenient anytime. Complete our online application form, and await a call from one of our friendly Enrolment Consultants.

At iQ Academy, we offer all our programmes exclusively through online learning. Students must have regular access to a device and a stable internet connection, whether via a mobile device or any other means.

Don’t worry about course materials, as they are all available online and can be downloaded to your smartphone, PC or tablet for offline use. We do not provide printed textbooks. If you prefer printed materials, you can easily download and print them yourself.

Our teaching and learning activities occur 100% online so you can participate in online Q&A sessions and learning activities. If you require more information, please feel free to enquire now.

  • A PC, Tablet or Smartphone
  • Access to a reliable internet connection
  • An active email account
  • At least 1GB of data per month

Simple pricing, big value

Our course fees are all-inclusive, there are no hidden costs. Get access to feature-rich learning and exclusive student benefits.

Total course fee

  • All inclusive

  • Choose how you pay: Upfront or in monthly instalments

Monthly instalments

Pay as little as R466.39* / monthly

  • Interest free payment plans

  • Recieve your digital certificate when you have finished paying off your plan

*Terms and deposit are subject to affordability. View our payment options for more information.

Boost your career with a short course certificate

Enhance your job prospects with a verified way to showcase your new skills and knowledge.
  • Easily downloadable

  • Industry aligned

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Short Course FAQ’s

Our short course programmes are courses that can be completed over several weeks or months, depending on the course you enrol for. Short courses are designed to complement a working professionals lifestyle through flexible distance learning. Assessments are done through the submission of assignments, no exams are required.

Our curricula are developed by industry experts and are internally quality-assured and approved by our Academic Board. Our short courses are institutional programmes and are non-credit bearing. For more information on our institutional registration and accreditation status view our accreditations.

Short courses are typically non-credit-bearing programmes, affording students the opportunity to build their professional credentials without the higher cost and time associated with studying for a university degree or qualification.

There are no written examinations for short courses. As part of your learning, you are encouraged to complete short quizzes throughout each unit, which help you build and test your knowledge. You must complete and submit one formative assessment at the end of each unit. To meet the requirements for a course, you will have to pass the final summative assessment at the end of the course, before you can get certified.

Once you have completed your course, you will get an iQ Academy Short Course Certificate. Your certificate demonstrates that you have acquired industry-relevant skills which can enhance your promotional and employment opportunities. In order to qualify for a certificate you will need to:

  • Pass all your assignments
  • Pay up your student account

Our short courses integrate interactive media with e-learning activities as well as online recorded lectures. The following learning activities form part of the overall learning path:

  • Reading activities
  • Multimedia activities such as video clips and podcasts
  • Self-reflections
  • Case studies
  • Assessment activities & compulsory submission of formative and summative assessments