Introduction to Travel and Tourism Short Course2022-03-30T06:49:06+02:00

Project Description

Introduction to Travel and Tourism

Whether you want to kickstart or expand your career in travel and tourism, this course is perfect for you. The in-depth curriculum covers a range of topics from the tourism system to travel operations and industry trends and you will also learn effective business communication skills. This course will equip you with the managerial, personal and operational skills needed to successfully run a tourism enterprise or manage a tourism destination.

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Course curriculm

This course contains 5 substantive modules and includes a learning plan, with weekly schedules, to keep your studies on track.

  • Module 1: The Tourism System
  • Module 2: Impact of Tourism
  • Module 3: Introduction to Travel Operations
  • Module 4: Communication Skills
  • Module 5: Introduction to Travel Geographies

On completion of this course, you will earn an industry-ready certificate that will empower you to explore exciting career directions  such as:

  • Government careers in the tourism sectors
  • Careers in the parks and recreation sectors
  • Tour Operator or Tour Guide
  • Tourism Administrator
  • Guest Relations Officer
  • Travel consultant in a travel agency

Course summary

  • Certificate type:
    Short Course Certificate

  • Course Duration:
    6-12 months

  • Study method:
    Fully online or Internet supported

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Step 1: Enquire

  • Complete website contact form
  • Speak to Enrolment Consultant
  • Complete application

Step 2: Register

  • Submit documentation
  • Pay your fees

  • Recieve your student number

Step 3: Start

  • Access iCan (Student portal)
  • Complete orientation week

  • Engage with your lecturer

When can I start?

Our Short Courses are administered in various intakes throughout the year. Enrol for a date that suits you, download our 2022 intake schedule to see when the next cohort starts.

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Students can choose between 2 study methods for this course. Whichever study method you choose you will have access to an expert Course Lecturer.

Method 1: Fully Online

  • Online and downloadable course material
  • Teaching and learning support from specialised course lecturers
  • Master your studies from our cutting-edge interactive student portal, iCan

Method 2: Internet Supported

  • Distance learning with textbooks and internet support (blended learning)
  • Study material is couriered and e-books can be downloaded
  • Teaching and learning support from specialised course lecturers
  • The use of iCan, our student portal, is supplementary for online learning activities
  • Grade 12 (Standard 10) or NQF 4 equivalent
  • 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
  • A PC, Tablet or Smartphone
  • Access to a reliable internet connection
  • An active email account

Recommended data:

  • At least 1GB of data per month for fully online study method
  • +/- 500MB of data for online supported study method

Course fees

At iQ Academy we understand that education is an investment and that’s why we offer flexible payment options to suit most working individuals. You can pay your fees in various monthly instalment plans or in full on enrolment. The fees for this course vary depending on which study method you choose.

  • Choose how you want to pay: Monthly instalment plan or in full on enrolment.

  • Choose how you want to study: Fully online or with textbooks (online supported).

Fully Online

  • All course content is delivered online.
  • Monthly instalments from: R424 p/m
  • Instalment terms from: 6 – 18 months
  • Deposit and terms subject to affordability

Online Supported

  • The course is delivered with text books and online support.
  • Monthly instalments from: R498.16 p/m
  • Instalment terms: 18 or 24 months
  • Deposit and terms subject to affordability
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What do your course fees include?

Once you have completed your course and met all the qualifying criteria you will receive a Short Course Certificate from iQ Academy. Your Certificate is printed and couriered to you free of charge!

All your learning material is included in the course fee, whether you pay in instalments or upfront. There are no hidden costs, the only additional fees that may be charged are remarking or repeat registrations.

Your course lecturer provides all the academic support you need to successfully complete your course.

Enjoy a learning plan that maps out your study schedule each week, and includes live Microsoft Teams sessions with your lecturer and fellow students.

Your online student portal to master your studies, connect with your lecturer and fellow students.

Get access to our wide range of DO Life online micro-courses and grow your everyday life skills on the go.


Hear what our students have to say

“Making it possible for everyone to study”

Thanks iQ, for making it possible for everyone to study without feeling the financial pressure with your fee structures. The lectures are amazing. Looking forward to the future now…thank you!

Xolelwa Johanna Thuputlela

“You will never regret it”

Challenging as it was but I am grateful to our facilitators who were with us throughout. I’d encourage everyone to take a course with iQ, you will never regret it. Thank you and keep up the good work!

Anna Ivy Masondo

“This is so easy to do”

It’s so much easier studying online, downloading all my study guides through my cell phone without a laptop. It’s a good experience for me. This is so easy to do!

Vesnant Singo

“Education paves the way to success”

I began my journey with iQ & never looked back. I was promoted from receptionist to admin manageress. I truly believe education paves the way to success.

Roxanne Naidoo


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Introduction to Travel and Tourism: FAQ’s

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.

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

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
  • Module 1: The Tourism System
    Understand the tourism industry as an interrelated system and learn about the different types of tourism, the requirements for destination success, and how tourism supply and demand impacts the economy.
  • Module 2: Impact of Tourism
    Gain insight and intellectual knowledge in the tourism industry and the economic, social, and environmental impact of tourism.
  • Module 3: Introduction to Travel Operations
    Learn how to assess, plan, compile and cost travel itineraries for specific scenarios while developing an understanding of the composition and function of the travel and tourism industry.
  • Module 4: Introduction to Travel Geographies
    Develop destination knowledge of travel in South Africa and the African continent as well international markets such as Europe, Asia, and America.
  • Module 5: Communication Skills
    Learn the fundamental communication skills for business and cover topics that help you to build self-esteem and interpersonal skills while understanding how to conduct meetings, presentations, interviews and more.

Have more questions? Visit our FAQ page for more info.

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