As a service industry, tourism is rapidly expanding and a reflection of the increasing mobility of the world's population and the continuing need for refinement and reinvention. Today’s tourists want more than generic mass market experiences and they hold high expectations as to the level of service, the information and the kinds of experiences they will encounter. This, in turn, makes tourism an increasingly skills-oriented and sophisticated business.
Offering numerous job opportunities, employers seek graduates who understand the mechanics of the industry and the global phenomenon of tourism, and who are able to apply that understanding within an international, national or regional context. Whether they work with festivals and events, tour companies, museums, art galleries or visitor information centres – tourism graduates need to understand and have an appreciation of the arts, Indigenous and settlement culture, history, the way political and legal systems work, as well as the main features of contemporary society.
Through academic research, collaborative projects, industry consultancies, publications, professional development, and our leading undergraduate and postgraduate programs, Flinders Tourism provides our students with that comprehensive body of knowledge and skill set. Our goal is for our graduates to contribute to a more comprehensive understanding of the complexities of international (global) tourism and to leave us ‘industry ready’.