HOSPITALITY AND TOURISM MANAGEMENT

A bachelor’s degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management will equip you with the tools and experiences needed for a successful career in either the Hospitality Industry or the Tourism Industry.

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A bachelor’s degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management will equip you with the tools and experiences needed for a successful career in either the Hospitality Industry or the Tourism Industry. Although the two disciplines have some common courses and overlapping activities there are some fundamental distinctions. Hospitality Management is the management of functions and activities in places where people meet, such as a restaurants, casinos, convention centers, resorts and even shopping centers. It also involves managing operations in a hotel or resort. Tourism Management refers to the activities associated with travel planning. It involves planning the tour, making travel arrangements and providing accommodations. Tourism management also involves marketing activities aimed at attracting tourists to travel to a particular destination.

Why Study Hospitality & Tourism Management?

Hospitality and Tourism Management is a fast growing field. It is about more than running hotels and restaurants or successful events. It is about helping to create experiences for people traveling for a wide variety of reasons – anything from rest and relaxation, learning more about another country or facilitating business travel. This requires those in the industry to have a wide range of expertise that caters to the needs and demands of today’s traveler. Additionally, social media and big data are generating new jobs in hospitality and tourism almost daily to market the industry and enhance experiences.

The degree will equip you with the skills and experiences needed for a successful career in either the Hospitality Industry or the Tourism Industry. Additionally, it will position you to capitalize on the many changes taking place in the industry both in Belize and globally.

Hospitality & Tourism Management at Galen

A good understanding of business and what drives business success is essential to any industry. The primary goal of our program is to develop managers who have skills and knowledge to successfully operate businesses in the Hospitality and Tourism industry.
The program pathway is designed so that all students take general education core courses, specialized courses for the Hospitality and Tourism industry, and management courses so that they can understand the basic functions, objectives, and tools of management that are common to all management positions.

There are several internships, which are a focal point of the degree. These internships give students opportunities to gain both experience and industry connections. Interns are placed at various types of properties, including at several of the high-end properties in Belize. The students gain relevant experience that enables them to develop practical and managerial skills in a work environment. The internships also help the students in deciding on the specific area of management in the industry that they will pursue.

Sample Courses

Courses in the program cover a host of topics that will insure that upon graduation, you are knowledgeable and skilled for a variety of positions in the Hospitality and Tourism industry:

  • Food and Beverage Management
  • Digital Marketing for Hospitality and Tourism
  • Managing Housekeeping Operations
  • Events Management
  • Adventure and Eco-Tourism
  • Graphic Design
  • Human Resource Management
  • Financial Management
  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Entrepreneurship

Career Opportunities

A Hospitality and Tourism Management degree prepares you for a successful career with the potential to grow into a number of high-level positions or run your own business. The sheer diversity of the hospitality industry means you’ll never be limited in your job search. This is a sample of careers in the industry:

  • Food and Beverage Manager
  • Hotel General Manager
  • Sales and Marketing Manager
  • Housekeeping Manager
  • Operations Manager
  • Front-of-House Manager
  • Tour Operator / Manager
  • Events Planning and Management

A bachelor’s degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management will equip you with the tools and experiences needed for a successful career in either the Hospitality Industry or the Tourism Industry.

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