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Wednesday, January 20th, 2016

UQ Business School recognised as leading tourism research unit in Australia

UQ Business School is leading the way in tourism research and expertise, according to the latest Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) announcement.


Study tourism at UQ Business School

Administered by the Australian Research Council, the ERA is a comprehensive and rigorous assessment of research in Australian universities using a combination of indicators and review by committees comprising experienced and internationally recognised experts.

Overall, the school performed strongly in the 2015 assessment, ranking “well above” or “above world” standard in all areas of its research.

UQ Business School received the highest possible rating of five—well above world standard—for research in the areas of Business and Management, Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services, Information Systems, and Tourism.

It also obtained the second-highest rating of four—above world standard—for research in the fields of Accounting, Banking, Finance and Investment, and Marketing.

Especially notable is the result in Tourism research, which saw a dramatic rise from a 2012 rating of three, to a rating of five this year.

Tourism Cluster Leader Associate Professor David Solnet said this result reflects the hard work, dedication and planning put in by past and present tourism academic staff, and the commitment of the University of Queensland and the business school in supporting the tourism area.

“The ERA rating of five highlights that we are now recognised as the highest rated tourism research unit in Australia. UQ Business School has demonstrated its commitment to ensuring that the tourism discipline is among the best in the world, and has invested significant effort and resources to facilitate global leadership status,” he said.

UQ Business School Tourism & Hospitality

As tourism and hospitality have become increasingly knowledge based, higher learning has become more important in opening career doors. UQ’s programs prepare students for a wide range of careers and help existing managers to improve their skills—from destination marketing and visitor attractions to operations management for hotels, restaurants, catering and leisure facilities. Other career options include hotel consultancies, casinos, cruise ships, airlines and retail travel.

Master of Tourism, Hotel & Event Management

  • Event Management
  • Hotel management
  • Travel & Tourism Management

Master of Tourism Leadership

  • Service Management
  • Tourism Development
  • Tourism Marketing
  • Visitor Management


Learn more about studying tourism at UQ Business School. Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Business Schools Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston for more information. Email shannon@oztrekk.com or call toll free at 1-866-698-7355.

Thursday, July 30th, 2015

Bond professors awarded for their role as ambassadors to the city

Bond University’s Professor Keitha Dunstan and Assistant Professor Peta Stapleton have been recognised for their role in helping inject millions into the Gold Coast economy by working to secure conferences and meetings for the City.

Professor Dunstan and Assistant Professor Stapleton were formally honoured for their participation in the Gold Coast Business Events Ambassador Program at an awards ceremony at Gold Coast City Council presided over by Mayor Tom Tate.

Bond Business School

Bond professors awarded for their role as ambassadors to the city (Photo credit: Bond University)

The Gold Coast Business Events Ambassador Program has resulted in $20 million in conferences, meetings and events booked for the Gold Coast, with a further $15 million in potential business events still pending.

Business events are a major contributor to the city’s economy and social capital with the industry contributing $306 million to the local economy in 2014.

“I applaud all involved in this ambassador program and thank them for their tireless work to promote our city and its attractions,’’ Mayor Tom Tate said.

“One of the legacy outcomes our city hopes to achieve from the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games is a more engaged community. As the Games draw near, we will undertake a major volunteer drive for those wanting to assist in promoting all that is great about our city to the many thousands of visitors.

“When I learn of programs such as the one we are celebrating here today, I know we have a great deal of pride and passion among our residents.”

The Ambassador program unites influential leaders from key local industries to proactively promote the Gold Coast to the rest of the world through their industry networks.

Ambassadors represent a diverse cross section of academic, medical, corporate and not for profit sectors and are typically quiet achievers in their own field or industry.  The Ambassadors provide a vital link, working alongside Gold Coast Business Events to lobby and actively bid to attract a future national or international conference to the Gold Coast.

Gold Coast Tourism Director of Business Events Anna Case says Ambassadors are an integral part of achieving increased business events for the city.

“Ambassadors volunteer their time and expertise when they step forward to bid for a conference. The events they help to deliver not only contribute to the economy, they also enrich our city with opportunities to host world leaders and industry experts as delegates attending conferences on the Gold Coast,” she said.

Delegates typically spend 3 to 5 days attending a conference and usually spend double that of a leisure tourist.


Learn more about studying undergraduate and postgraduate business degrees at Bond University and about studying in Australia. Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Business Schools Admissions Officer Rachel Brady at rachel@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355.

Friday, November 7th, 2014

Bond Tourism and Hospitality graduate extends helping hand to Kenya

Bond University graduate Stephanie Ribeiro-Smith is taking her tourism and hospitality skills from the classroom to Kenya—with a mission to raise $50,000 for a safe house for orphans, HIV patients, the disabled and homeless.

Bond University Business School

Study tourism and hospitality at Bond University

Ms Ribeiro-Smith, who graduated from Bond University Business School with a degree in tourism and hospitality, is headed to Kenya for a six-week trip to help transform the lives of some of the most needy and vulnerable people in the communities she will be working in.

As past vice president of the Bond University Enactus Club—a group dedicated to social reform—Ms Ribeiro-Smith has always had a passion for helping the less fortunate, and is looking forward to using her skills to make a difference.

“A lot of people think that a tourism degree is a pathway to travel to exotic locations and sightsee, but I’m doing this because it will be an enriching experience for me as well as the people that I am able to help,” she said.

“Growing up in Brazil,  I always saw the contradiction of some people having so much while others had so little, sometimes not even enough food  for the day. I always believed that if the most fortunate ones did even a little bit to help those in need, it would be enough to make a difference in our society.

“I will be visiting a variety of communities in Kenya and adopting a hands-on role in assisting and educating people from different age groups and cultural backgrounds. It is by living and learning from those different groups that I will put into practice the skills I learned from my tourism and hospitality degree.

“My main focus for this trip will be to visit the community where I am hoping to help build a safe house to give shelter to up to fifty disadvantaged people, so they can access the care and attention they need.

“I know this trip will be a great platform for me to build a career from when I return to Australia by combining my passions for travel, learning, and helping others.”

Executive Dean of the Bond University Faculty of Business Professor Mark Hirst said it was encouraging to see students like Stephanie applying their skills to solve social issues.

“Stephanie joins a growing list of Bond alumni who have chosen to take up volunteer work or non-traditional roles in their chosen field to expand their own horizons while also improving the lives of others,” he said.

“It’s a great example of the kind of culture we have here at Bond, and the opportunities our students are able to access on completion of their degree through academic contacts, professional networks and their own alumni connections.”

Bachelor of International Hotel and Tourism Management

Duration: 2 years (6 semesters)
Semester intakes: January, May, September

The Bachelor of International Hotel and Tourism Management is designed to prepare students for professional and managerial roles in the global tourism and hotel industries. Emphasis is placed on asset, revenue and human resource management within tourism and hotel businesses. The focus throughout is on work integrated learning and as such students will complete 400 hours of work experience to complement the theoretical knowledge gained through the program.

Work Experience & Internships

Students will have the opportunity to complete an internship or work experience during their studies. The Bond University Faculty of Business has developed relationships with leading domestic and international businesses in the industry who regularly offer students work experience opportunities.

Professional Outcomes

The Bachelor of International Hotel and Tourism Management is a qualification accepted nationally and internationally by leading hotel and tourism industry employers. Potential career pathways include

  • attraction and theme park management and hotel marketing;
  • event management including business events, expositions and special events;
  • general management of hotel and tourism businesses;
  • hotel human resource manager;
  • revenue management in hotels, airlines and other tourism and leisure environments;
  • tourism entrepreneur; and
  • tourism planning and development.

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Learn more  about studying undergraduate and postgraduate business degrees at Bond University and about studying in Australia. Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Business Schools Admissions Officer Rachel Brady at rachel@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355.