Southern Cross University

Close industry alignment and an entrepreneurial focus have established Southern Cross University (SCU) as one of Australia’s most innovative and progressive universities. Students enjoy a low cost of living and a safe, supportive study environment at campuses located in beautiful coastal New South Wales.

Tourism and Hospitality studies


Members of SCU School of Tourism and Hospitality Management’s Industry Advisory Board are drawn from a variety of industry sectors. They inject a strong stakeholder influence into the University’s award winning courses and commercial links which include Club Managers Association of Australia (CMAA) and Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA).

The result is a range of innovative Bachelor, Masters and research degrees that respond directly to industry needs.

Currently over 1200 students are enrolled at Tweed Gold Coast, Lismore, Coffs Harbour and SCU’s Hotel School at the InterContinental Hotel in Sydney. Areas of study include:
• Tourism Management
• Hotel and Resort Management
• Sport Tourism Management
• Indigenous Tourism Management
• Environmental Management
• Convention and Event Tourism Management
• Tourism and Hotel Business Management
• International Tourism and Hotel Management

Industry exposure is a key aspect of SCU study programs. Internships are available at undergraduate and master level, and are another aspect of the School’s strong industry partnerships.

SCU’s international education partnerships add to the range of study experiences available to students, with program and exchange opportunities established in Singapore, Thailand, China, USA, UK and Holland.


Academic Excellence


SCU Academics have a broad range of industry experience and academic backgrounds, evidenced by their wide publication in areas including hotel management, marketing of tourism destinations and convention and event management. Specialist areas of expertise among SCU academics include:
• management of hotels and resorts
• convention, event and exhibition management
• gaming operations and management
• cruise tourism
• entrepreneurship and small business management
• indigenous tourism
• sports tourism
• eco-tourism and environmental planning
• marketing of destinations
• human resource management
• tourism impacts on communities


Research and Industry Programs


Students and academics from SCU are widely recognised for leading edge research projects that impact industry and communities on a regional, national and international level.

The following initiatives have forged new knowledge frontiers the in Tourism and Hospitality industry:
  • The Hotel School is a unique partnership with the five star
     InterContinental Hotel in Sydney, offering Southern Cross
     Universities Bachelor of Business in Hotel Management.
  • The Centre for Regional Tourism Research (CRTR) is a
     nationally recognised centre for research into tourism issues in
     non-metropolitan areas. The CRTR is a partnership with the
     Sustainable Tourism Cooperative Research Centre (STCRC)
     and organises the annual Regional Tourism Convention.
  • The Centre for Gambling Education and Research (CGER)
     provides innovative education and research into gambling
     policy, management and operations, gambling behaviour and
     its impacts.
     The Centre was set up with a seed grant from the industry.
  • The School produces the Meeting and Event Trend Analysis
     (META) reports for industry.
  • The School offers a BBus Club and Gaming Management to
     members of the Club Managers Association of Australia
     (CMAA)

Currently 17 PhD students are enrolled at SCU researching a range of industry-relevant areas.

Study Programs

Bachelor of Business in Convention and Event Tourism Management

Bachelor of Business in Hotel and Resort Management

Bachelor of Business in Hotel Management, (The Hotel School, Sydney)

Bachelor of Business in Tourism Management

Bachelor of Environmental Tourism Management

Bachelor of Indigenous Tourism Management

Bachelor of Sport Tourism Management

Master of Business Administration in Hotel & Tourism Management

Master of Convention and Event Management

Master of International Tourism and Hotel Management

Master of Tourism and Hotel Business Management

Master of Tourism and Hotel Management

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