If you like meeting people and exploring all the nooks and crannies in Brisbane, perhaps you should consider taking a few tourism courses. Tourism is a growth industry but more than that, it’s a great way to travel, learn about historically significant events in Brisbane and find out what makes the great city tick. Brisbane has plenty of schools that offer tourism and hospitality training related courses.
Tourism Courses in Brisbane
Martin College offers a nationally accredited Diploma of Tourism from its campuses in Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney and the Gold Coast. The tourism diploma in Brisbane includes courses on cultural awareness, destinations and products, maintaining financial records, risk identification and management and business writing and document production.
Metropolitan South Institute of TAFE
Metropolitan South Institute of TAFE, based in Brisbane, offers a Dual Diploma of Tourism and Events Management with courses in tourism knowledge, customer service, marketing, financial management, business relationships, business communication, legal knowledge and project management. The diploma provides a path to a Bachelor of Business (Tourism or Event Management) from Griffith University.
University of Queensland
University of Queensland, based in Brisbane, offers a Bachelor of International Hotel and Tourism Management degree with courses in human resources, finance and marketing, global cultures and managing service in tourism.
James Cook University Brisbane Campus
James Cook University’s Brisbane Campus offers a Master of International Tourism and Hospitality Management degree with courses in marketing management, strategy and leadership, tourism systems analysis, tourism management strategies and economics.
Holidays may traditionally be about splurging but that doesn’t mean all holiday makers have money to burn and that is why, as a travel or tour operator, you’ll have to find some cheap and even free things to do in Brisbane.
Brisbane-Australia.com is a great guide for tourists planning to visit Brisbane, but it’s also a great resource for tourism professionals to get ideas for affordable day tours and holiday packages. For example, you could put together a handy sightseeing package that includes a tour of the City Botanic Gardens, the Albert Street Literary Walk and the Museum of Brisbane. You could also organise cycle tours of varying lengths for varying fitness levels and throw in a picnic lunch at one of the many lovely parks in Brisbane, on the beach or beside the Brisbane River.
Adventure activities could include rock climbing and abseiling at Mt Tinbeerwah, Kangaroo Point or the Glasshouse Mountains, as well as hot air balloon rides over Brisbane (champagne breakfast anyone?), aerobatic flights, helicopter tours and sky diving.
Don’t forget all the tourist attractions just outside Brisbane that could easily make for great day tours or weekend trips, such as the Eco Drive from Brisbane to Noosaville, a cruise to Moreton Island National Park, a tree top canopy tour at Lamington National Park or scuba diving anywhere along the coast.
Other important information you’ll get from your localised tourism courses and self-explorations relates to the varied accommodation and catering options in Brisbane. You’ll need to be able to recommend luxury hotels to the big spenders, comfortable motels to big families and cheap hostels to the hordes of backpackers that flock to Brisbane every year. You’ll also need to know which are the top restaurants in Brisbane, which are pet-friendly, which are affordable, which offer the best Chinese or Indian food and what places to go to if tourists have a craving for fresh sushi.
As a tourism professional it’s your job to ensure that tourists have all the information they need to see the top attractions in Brisbane, stay in the best hotels and eat in the best restaurants that they can afford. One of your most important jobs, however, is to be an ambassador for Brisbane and that is something that tourism courses can’t teach you.
TAFE Courses Australia offers a range of tourism courses in Brisbane that are available online or in classrooms.