Studying tourism at the School of Tourism and Hospitality Management (STHM) includes the history and culture of Solomon Islands together with inspiring, teaching and learning with the international, regional and national tourism context.

The department currently offers courses at Undergraduate levels with a Certificate of Travel and Tourism (CTT), Diploma of Travel and Tourism (DTT), Diploma of Tourism Studies (DTS) and Bachelor of Tourism and Event Management set to start from the semester 2, 2020.

To date, our graduates from the undergraduate levels in the past have excelled in various positions of responsibilities in the tourism industry across the Solomon Islands.
The study of tourism is exciting as the globals largest, fastest and growing industry with the complex phenomenon but also regarded as a significant social and economic activity, and a source of environmental and social change. Studying tourism is also about the possibility of a better world through tourism and we are committed to contribute to the sustainable tourism future and invite you to be part of the journey for a better future.

Quality Education


The STHM offers quality education in Tourism Studies and is looking to develop its Hotel Management program in the near future.

STHM focuses on conventional thinking and explores many aspects of the tourism industry both on local and international tourism perspectives. This will enable students to see beyond the classrooms, national context and understand tourism operations from day-to-day.

The Department of Tourism and Hotel Management was established in 2020, as a result of the reform and restructure of the Solomon Islands National University.

Envision


Envision the opportunity through Tourism of a better world.

It is more than just Tourism. Tourism is about the people, places, resources, environment, government and communities. We are doing just that through building Sustainable Consciousness both the staff and students, research and working with key businesses and people.

We provide quality, theoretical-informed Tourism Studies and work that address some of the key issues of the 21st century including;

  • Quality, innovative and interdisciplinary teaching
  • Produce great graduates for the tourism employer in Solomon Islands
  • Leading in the Study of Tourism discipline
  • Engage quality human resources

Studying Tourism


Studying Tourism at STHM, the student will acquire knowledge and gain insights needed in the exciting and fastest-growing travel and tourism industry.
Other than business management, studying tourism is about understanding ourselves, our resources, cultures, heritage, natural environment and the people who come to visit our islands. Moreover, understanding our role in the economy both locally and globally.

Student Fieldtrips


As part of student assessments, students will go on an excursion to various tourism and hospitality industries across Honiara and Guadalcanal. Depending on the units’ assessments, the students will explore the business environment, do fieldwork, research and interview tourism business owners. The experience will provide students learning outside of classrooms to the reality on the ground. Students will also have the chance to reflect and envision their interests after graduating to be self-employed – start their own business or join any of the tourism and hospitality sectors.

Student Internships for Tourism Students


You can take advantage of this opportunity during your degree for Certificate of Travel and Tourism, or within one year of graduating for Diploma of Travel and Tourism and Diploma of Tourism Studies. The internship programme provides you with opportunities to gain work experience with some of the renowned tourism and hospitality companies, organizations and also meet like-minded students who are looking for a great experience and friendships and building relationships with the tourism and hospitality employers across Solomon Islands which in one way or another will land you a job after graduating.

Programs Offered


  • Bachelor of Hospitality Business, Tourism & Event Management
    Designed to equip those who are eager within the management roles and responsibilities across the tourism and hospitality and event sectors.
  • Diploma of Tourism Studies
    A Diploma of Tourism Studies offers a unique opportunity for those who are interested in the general tourism business management in the tourism and hospitality industry. This program covers these areas;

    • Introduction to the study of Tourism, Ecotourism, Adventure and Entrepreneurship
    • Customer services
    • Communications Skills
    • Events Planning and Management
    • Destination and Organisation in the Travel and Tourism Industry
    • Tourism, Cultural and Heritage Sustainability
    • Human Resources Management
    • Industrial Attachment
    • Before graduating, each student must complete an industry work attachment for up to 8 weeks.
  • Diploma of Travel and Tourism
    Diploma of Travel and Tourism is a unique choice for those who wish to excel in the travel and tourism sector. This program covers;

    • Introduction to the study of Tourism, Ecotourism, Adventure and Entrepreneurship
    • Customer services
    • Communications Skills
    • Events Planning and Management
    • Tour operations
    • Human resources management
    • Industrial Attachment
  • Certificate in Travel and Tourism
    Certificate of Travel and Tourism is the first step to the Diploma of Travel and Tourism that offers and introduction to the travel and tourism industry. This program covers;

    • Introduction to the study of Tourism
    • Customer services
    • Communications Skills
    • Events Planning
    • Industrial Attachment

 

Head of Department


Mr. Mark Ariki

Holds a Master of Science (MSc.) in Tourism Development and Management from the University of the West Indies and a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Tourism Studies and International Business & Marketing (IBM) from the University of the South Pacific. Before joining SINU, he worked as a Research Assistant with the Department of Management, University of the West Indies, a Management Graduate Trainee at Solomon Airlines, and Solomon Telekom Limited as Human Resources Associate. His research area of interest is on sustainable tourism development focusing on small islands and indigenous communities, cruise, cultural and ecotourism.