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.
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:
Know the various definitions of tourism and definitions of important tourism terms and concepts, including abbreviations
Explain the interrelationships between the main types of tourism and the classification of tourism products according to the destination mix
Summarise the impacts of tourism products on the economy using the supply and demand principles
Integrate knowledge of principles, theories and trends to assess the significant contributions of tourism development and the impact on the economy
Explain the socio-cultural, environmental and economic positive – and negative impacts on tourism
Apply essential steps when preparing and planning for meetings, workplace reports and presentations
Identify and analyse the main characteristics of sustainable and responsible tourism development in South Africa
Apply knowledge to explain possible itineraries for each sector of the tourism industry given a specific scenario
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
Develop specific destination knowledge for South Africa, Africa and the rest of the world
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:
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.
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.
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: