The School for the Visitor Economy is a cross-university school providing the hospitality and tourism industries with qualified professionals.

The school delivers industry-based programs across all qualification levels, from pre-vocational certificates through to PhDs.

With the visitor economy heavily impacted by bushfires and the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the School for the Visitor Economy is delivering courses remotely, and is working closely with industry in efforts to support business continuity, recovery and long-term resilience building.

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Successful students

The School for the Visitor Economy builds on VU’s long history of producing highly-qualified tourism and destination management graduates, locally and internationally. The school enables students to pathway seamlessly between vocational education courses at Victoria University Polytechnic and tertiary courses at VU. Students can re-enter education at any point in their career to top-up their skills or to qualify for promotion.

Key industry partnerships inform all courses. Students are provided with work integrated learning opportunities, which ensures our graduates are job-ready.

Hospitality students also have access to Victoria University Polytechnic’s award-winning 150-seat training restaurant where they practise their skills in a live environment, with paying customers.

The Todd Blake Student Award is a prestigious, industry-recognised honour granted annually open to all VU students in Hospitality, Tourism or Event Management programs. Read about Shaneal Williams, our 2019 winner.

Industry & employer partners

The School for the Visitor Economy works closely with our industry partners to ensure graduates leave us with the capabilities and hands-on skills necessary to start adding value straight away.

VU also has strong research capabilities, with the cross-disciplinary expertise to respond to future industry challenges and developments with evidence-based solutions.