Take your travel career further – learn about special interest tourism, from women’s only treks through outback Australia to organic wine tasting adventures and whale watching in Antarctica. This course is ideal for travel agents, tour guides or anyone interested in a career in special interest tourism (SIT).
The Certificate of Special Interest Tourismis an online program that will explore niche travel experiences that provide clients with rewarding, enriching, learning or adventure holidays.
In this professional development course, you will learn about unique travel experiences and how to plan this type of experience for a client. You will also learn about risk management, how to package a tour and plan the perfect SIT itinerary.
You will also explore matters relating to visitor management, contingency planning and the effects of tourism on the host community.
On completion of this course, you will have gained vital knowledge to develop your skills in planning, packaging and managing special interest tours for clients.
Tourism Special Interest
Unit 1 – Sectors of the tourism Industry
Scope of the travel product (natural & cultural, events & sites)
Unit 2 – Types of tourism
Unit 3 – Accommodation types
Resorts and hotels
Special interest accommodation
Unit 4 – Cultural tourism
Cultural vs heritage tourism
Unit 5 – Events and festivals
Unit 6 – Environmental tourism
Nature based tourism
Sustainable tourism and ecotourism
Unit 7 – Health and adventure tourism
Soft vs hard adventure tourism
Unit 8 – More special interest tourism
Food and wine tourism
Unit 9 – Visitor management and contingency planning
Effects of tourism on the host community
Planning for contingencies
Common problems with visitor services
Risk management (safety, financial, etc)
Unit 10 – Packaging a tour
Planning the itinerary;
Presenting the package
Reviewing the package
Assessment will be comprised of written exercises, including short-answer questions, reflective tasks, short reports and/or projects. There are no examinations or due dates for assessment. As a result, you can complete training in your own time and at your own pace with the assistance of unlimited tutor support.
Why Choose Australian Online Courses?
Professional development that is widely recognised and respected;
Improve your employment opportunities;
Study online, anywhere via our elearning system;
High-quality professional development programs written by industry experts;
All course materials provided online – no textbooks to buy;
Unlimited tutor support via email;
We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply);
Course may be tax deductible; see your tax advisor.
Are there any entry requirements or pre-requisites?
There are no entry requirements or pre-requisites for entry into this program.
How long will it take to complete this course?
The approximate study hours for this course is 50 hours. We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply).
Can I purchase optional printed materials?
While printed materials are not available for purchase, PDF copies are available for download and self-printing for this program.
When can I start this course?
You can start within 60 minutes during business hours when you enrol and pay in full with a credit card!
Credit card: Within 60 mins during business hours.
BPAY: Within 1-2 working days.
Internet Banking: Within 1-2 working days.
Cheque/Money Order: Upon receipt of mailed cheque.
Will I receive a certificate upon completion of this course?
Yes! You will receive a Certificate of Attainment upon successful completion of your assessment.
Do I need to attend classes or undertake any work placements?
No. All courses are delivered online via our e-learning system and there are no work placement requirements in this course.
What support can I expect from Australian Online Courses?
Unlimited tutor support is available throughout your studies via email during business hours Monday to Friday. Our Administrative team are available Monday to Friday via email, live chat and telephone.
I am an international student. Can I enrol into this course?
Yes! We accept enrolments from individuals both within Australia and internationally; location is no barrier to entry into our programs.