What Is a Hospitality and Tourism Degree?
You might think that hospitality and tourism is the same thing, and in many ways the two industries are interconnected, but tourism focuses exclusively on drawing in and caring for visitors outside of a community, while hospitality cares for both out-of-town and local persons.
A degree in hospitality and tourism gives graduating students an advantage over those already working within the fields. You can get an entry-level position and possibly work your way up to management level, but taking this path is a long and arduous one. Earning your degree in hospitality management and tourism will give you the upper hand when it comes time to apply for work.
Hospitality covers a wide variety of specialties, including food service, lodging, spa service and conference centre management, to name a few. These services house both visitors and residents of the community within which they operate, and while it might seem as if hospitality would be more important to tourists, it is the locals that keep the businesses profitable during the tourism off-season.
Tourism also covers a wide variety of specialties. Few travellers want to visit a new area without some form of guidance, and the tourism industry is there to make the travellers’ trips as seamless, safe and enjoyable as possible.
If you love helping people – making them happy – then a degree in hospitality and tourism is an excellent choice for you.
Hospitality and Tourism Job Opportunities
Earning your hospitality and tourism degree gives you a better shot of entering into this field of work at the management level. Graduates wishing to enter into the food services industry should consider working as a restaurant, catering or public house manager.
Restaurant managers run the operations of restaurant facilities, and salaries range from £18,000 to £40,000 depending on the scale of the restaurant and where it is located. Catering managers run the operations of catering businesses who service clientele from business events to craft service tables to wedding receptions. Salaries run in line with restaurant managers, starting at £15,000 and working up to £40,000. Public house managers ensure the smooth – and safe – operations of bars and pubs. Salaries range from £16,000 to £40,000.
You will find slightly higher salaries entering into hotel or conference centre management. Hotel managers earn £21,000 to £55,000, and conference centre manager salaries range from £20,500 to £65,000.
All of these hospitality management careers transfer over into the tourism industry. Tourists need places to eat and drink, places to stay and, in some cases, places where they are attending a conference or event.
Tourism specific jobs, however, include tourism officer, travel agency manager or a tour manager.
Tourism officers work with local businesses and governments to develop and attract tourism to their area, as tourism holds great economic potential to a community. Tourism officers can make anywhere from £14,000 to £40,000, depending on their experience and where they are located.
Graduates who enjoy planning dream trips should consider managing a travel agency. Managing a travel agency will earn you £15,000 to £45,000. Graduates looking to show the tourists all of the sites the destination has to offer should work as tour managers. Tour managers earn £15,000 to £30,000.
Hospitality and Tourism Curriculum
Learning excellent customer service skills is the key to any hospitality and tourism curriculum. It is the customers who will make the business, and students will learn all aspects of managing, including operations and finance, staffing, marketing, customer relations and advanced problem solving skills.
Students will also learn about regulations surrounding national and international travel, including working with embassies, passport and visa requirements and in depth studies of working with the transportation industries.
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