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According to the World Travel and Tourism Council, this century will be dominated by three industries and one of them is Tourism. This makes good sense based upon the tourism industry’s growth since 1982, which exceeds 500%. This year, worldwide tourists are expected to spend over $850 billion in foreign nations on tourism-related activities. This industry, generally referred to as the travel and tourism industry since the two are inseparable, is composed of a very-wide range of individual industries that include hotels & motels (hospitality); restaurants; retailing business; transportation (airlines, cruise lines, rail and automotive); travel agencies; tour organisations; tourist attractions; leisure, recreation & sport and cultural industries. The need for qualified individuals skilled in the area of tourism management has never been better.


Another interesting statistic about tourism as an industry is the fact that it accounts for 10.5% of all world employment with percentages much higher in specific geographic locations where the industry is the primary source of business income. That 10.5% figure totals more than 100-million people employed around the globe. Tourism has also evolved from its earlier roots of sunshine, sand and sea holidays. Today, it embraces an entire new spectrum of activities that include adventure tourism, eco-tourism, cultural tourism and sports and leisure activities. Young people have been flocking to college and university enrolment to prepare themselves for worldwide career opportunities in the combined studies of tourism management and hotel and restaurant management that are heavily inter-related. In many cases, joint degrees are available in both fields. (The International Educational Site, 2007)


What Knowledge Is Required For A Tourism Management Career?


In order to be qualified for employment positions in tourism management, considerable education and skills are required. This is true because of the very-wide range of employment locations and different types of business organisations that this industry encompasses. Nevertheless, there are some basic, personality and interest-related factors that make an individual well suited to the tourism management industry. These include:


       Enjoying outdoor activities and being willing to work outdoors

       Physical agility and stamina along with enjoyment of physical activities.

       Good verbal and written communications abilities

       The ability to motivate others and a basic fondness for other people

       An ‘Enjoy Life’ attitude and good people inter-actions

       Willingness to be a team player and work with others toward a common goal

       Leadership and supervisory skills for directing others in various activities

       Interest in travel and experiencing a wide range of different cultures


It is also helpful if young people preparing for tourism management careers to develop some proficiencies in one or more foreign languages, knowledge of U.K or U.S. geography, history and social customs, working with people of all ages and backgrounds and a broad range of liberal arts including athletics, music, arts & crafts, nature, dance, drama and club structures. (University of Tennessee, 2004)


For most business organisations, an undergraduate degree is acceptable for entry-level recreational positions. A graduate degree is generally necessary for administrative positions and for teaching or research. It is also helpful to take part in part-time, summer, internship or volunteer positions at recreation/fitness centres, playgrounds, summer camps, or social service organisations.




Kirk, D. (2007) “Careers in Hospitality and Tourism Management” The International Educational Site

Available from: saap5a03.htm

Accessed: 10-26-07


University of Tennessee (2004) “Recreation and Tourism Management”

Available from: majors/pdf/recreation.pdf

Accessed: 10-26-07

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