PROFESSIONAL/ Back to School: Study Tourism

Why study tourism? Why get a degree in hospitality? Learn about the importance of tourism education and about the latest trends.


Why Study Tourism, Hospitality and Event Management?

Cecilia Garland

The related areas of tourism, hospitality and events offer huge opportunities for rewarding management careers in the UK, Europe and around the world, working in a professional, people-focused environment. Tourism, together with travel, is now regarded as the world’s fastest growing industry. It provides a wide range of career opportunities both at home and overseas in many and varied industry sectors, such as tour operators, airlines, tourist attractions and hotel groups. The hospital...

Tourism Education at Universities – A Diverse Field of Study

Laura Maudlin

Quite often when being asked what field my doctorate was in, and I say “tourism”, I look into surprised faces, and get the response “I didn’t know you can study tourism at university”. According to the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), 940 million international tourists spent US$ 919 billion in 2010, and the first two months of 2011 saw a healthy growth of 5% over the same months the previous year. It is thus widely recognized that tourism is glo...

Swiss Hotel Schools Ranked Among World's Best

James Morris

Les Roches International School of Hotel Management and Glion Institute of Higher Education ranked among world's leading hospitality management schools for an international career. The world's top hotel companies have again ranked several hospitality management schools of Switzerland as the best in the world. In a recent survey conducted by Taylor Nelson Sofres in the UK, 5-star hoteliers chose three Swiss schools among the top four hotel management schools worldwide: Ecole Hôteli&egrav...

Tourism Education Trends and Challenges in 21st Century

Laura Maudlin

People are clearly fundamental to the efficient operation and further development of the tourism industry. Many tourism products include people as a primary part of the proficiency offered, whether as performers or as members of the cultural environment. There is a growing realisation that labour should not be treated simply as variable costs, but as human capital. A high-quality skilled workforce will ensure greater competitiveness and innovation, improve job prospects and ease the process of a...

Careers in the Global Economy – Education in Tourism and Hospitality

Dan Rang

Recent statistics issued by the World Travel and Tourism Council clearly show the importance and size of the tourism and hospitality industry. With over 235 million jobs, 650,000 alone at managerial levels, hospitality today definitely is one of the fastest-growing industries in the world. With a GDP of just over 9% in 2009 and an annual growth of 4.4%, the tourism and hospitality industry contributes billions of dollars to the global economy. Looking beyond the current economic outlook, the ...