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New Zealand Diploma in Tourism and Travel (Level 6)

This course is available

Online, On-Campus

Level of Study



1 year

Next start date

Expected Jun 2023


Southern Institute of Technology


The aim of this programme is to develop graduates who have the skills and knowledge to work as senior operators at a strategic level in the hotel, tourism and travel industries or progress to further study.

  • analyse and evaluate local, national and international tourism operating environments in order to effectively develop and guide strategic business direction in the tourism industry
  • identify and analyse strategic leadership roles and styles, and the potential impact on change management for a tourism enterprise
  • develop, analyse and critique tourism business strategic systems and processes that enable the commercial development of a quality visitor experience and contribute to overall sustainable business effectiveness
  • prepare effective public relations campaigns including multi-media communications for a tourism business development
  • analyse and propose strategic business models to improve environmental sustainability for a tourism business or tourism business development
  • develop strategic investment plans for a tourism enterprise

Course Content


  • DTT601 Contemporary Tourism Operation (15 credits)
  • DTT602 Tourism Policy and Planning (15 credits)
  • DTT603 Leadership and Management in Tourism (15 credits)
  • DTT604 Public Relations in Tourism (15 credits)
  • DTT605 Environmentally Sustainable Management (15 credits)
  • DTT608 Business Investment Strategy (30 credits)


  • DTT606 The Visitor Experience (15 credits)
  • DTT607 Internship (15 credits)

Satisfactory Completion

To satisfactorily complete the New Zealand Diploma in Tourism and Travel (Level 6) and be awarded this qualification the student must successfully achieve:

  • A minimum of 120 credits in accordance with the programme schedule for the New Zealand Diploma in Tourism and Travel (Level 6).
  • The student will normally be expected to complete the New Zealand Diploma in Tourism and Travel (Level 6) full-time over one year or part-time over four years.

Career Opportunities

Graduates will be equipped with the skills and knowledge to work at a senior level in a tourism and travel related business. Roles may include tourism operations manager, tourism business development manager, general manager and trade development manager.

Qualification Pathways

This course pathways into the third year of SIT’s Bachelor of Hotel Management.

Entry criteria

School Leavers
Applicants should be a minimum of 18 years of age and have completed the New Zealand Diploma in Tourism and Travel (Level 5) or equivalent.

Mature Applicants
Applicants over the age of 20 years at the time of enrolment will be considered where they can demonstrate the ability to succeed in the programme of study.

English Language Requirements

  • IELTS test - Academic score of 6 with no band score lower than 5.5
  • TOEFL Paper based test (pBT) - Score of 550 (with an essay score 5 TWE)
  • TOEFL Internet based test (iBT) - Score of 60 (with a writing score of 18)
  • Cambridge English Examination - B2 First or B2 First for schools or C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency with a score of 169. No less than 162 in each skill.
  • OET - Minimum of Grade C or 200 in all sub-tests
  • NZCEL - a) Expiring Level b) Current: a) Level 4 (Academic) b) Level 4 (Academic)
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) - PTE (Academic) score of 50 with no band score lower than 42
  • Language Cert - C1 Expert IESOL (LRWS) with PASS and no less than Pass in each skill
  • Trinity ISE - ISE II with no less than distinction in any band

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