Differences between Tourism Degree and a Hospitality Degree

Differences between Tourism Degree and a Hospitality Degree

As of right now, we have established what are the factors that can determine if you are interested to get a degree in the Tourism industry. We also established the different kinds of careers that you could acquire after getting your degree in Tourism. Today, we are going to focus on something to keep in mind when heading to study in this industry: what is the difference between getting a tourism degree or a hospitality degree?

Tourism Degree

 One of the big key elements of Tourism itself is that it’s a very specific type of industry relating to travel. These programs in Tourism look at how to make clients and customers feel more comfortable and satisfied while traveling. Many graduates with a tourism degree can find work as travel agents and tour guides as well as become representatives for major travel companies. If anything, if you play your cards right, you might be able to get a job at a place like Disney thanks to a degree in Tourism

Hospitality Degree

 The key factor of getting a hospitality degree is that it’s a degree that prepares you for working in customer service and the travel industries. Students take courses on food sanitation, food preparation, hotel management, ordering and human resources. By being part of these processes, students will know how to take stock of inventories, schedule employees working underneath you and follow a strict budget. Combine all this with the high levels of customer service expertise that’ll be ingrained in your brain, you can get different kinds of jobs like a manager of a five-star resort or as a manager of a conference center.

For more on the information on the Tourism and Hospitality Management programs of C3S, click here.

Career paths for Tourism and Hospitality Management

Career paths for Tourism and Hospitality Management

In our previous post, we mentioned the different elements you can identify to know if you would be someone that could make a career out of Tourism. Today we want to focus on the different kinds of careers you could partake in after pursuing a degree in Tourism.

From an outside perspective It can be easy to dismiss a career in Tourism Management as a limiting field only focusing on just tourism. While tourism is a big part of it, the truth is someone can do so much with a tourism degree. Here are the different career paths someone can take with a career in Tourism Management:

Hotels and Resorts

Working as a staff member in a hotel is one of the more obvious career choices in Tourism Management. Getting to help guests on a holiday vacation and coordinating the whole process with staff members from a guest’s arrival to their departure, working as a manager in a hotel provides a great opportunity in how to manage a full team to provide guests with the best experience possible. Other areas you can work with in a hotel other than as a hotel/resort manager is as a front desk clerk/receptionist, housekeeper or hotel accountant.

Airline Travel and Luxury Cruise

As two of the largest tourism-related industries available, getting a degree in Tourism Management will allow you to become a part of an Airline Travel and Luxury Cruise in different leadership positions like operations management, logistics division, invoice and reservations. Other areas to work in both these industries is as a flight attendant, cruise staff, ship captain, travel security, luggage porter, etc.

Food and Beverage Services

A degree in tourism management can allow you to work in different food and beverage services around the world. Not limited to just the ones at hotels or resorts, you could work at different special events enterprises as well as different restaurants and bars. Being a manager at one of these places requires a keen attention to detail in how to properly present food, making sure the quality of the food is good, see that events are properly staffed and equipped with everything necessary for them to run safe and smoothly, etc. In this industry you can work as restaurant manager, bar or club manager, catering coordinator. If you wish to go more hands on you can work as waiter, barista, chef or kitchen staff.

Entertainment manager

If you picture yourself as being more of a tour guide in an amusement park like Disney World, a tourism management degree can allow you to be one. From an Adventure Tour Guide, to an Amusement Park Manager, you can use this position to ensure families who come on vacation to one of the big amusement parks in the world have some of the best experiences they can have.

Event Planner

Graduating from Public Relations is not the only degree that can qualify you from becoming an event planner. Working in the Tourism and Hospitality industry requires a similar level of event planning expertise, and for people wishing to be part of the industry through that angle, a tourism management degree can provide that opportunity. From planning events as either a wedding coordinator, concert coordinator and conference host, the degree will provide you the opportunity to work in these different areas.

Travel Counselor

Maybe what you want is to properly guide different families to their dream vacation. The good news is that earning a degree in tourism management can properly equip you with the knowledge necessary to become a great travel counselor. With knowledge of what makes an

effective vacation, you’ll be able to counsel families with travel arrangements, booking reservations and other documentation necessary for them to enjoy a great vacation.

Working in the Tourism and Hospitality industry is proving to be one of the better paying jobs available. With yearly wages that hover around $52,000/year in the United States or 26,800 EUR/year in Spain, it is a great way to earn some good money in an industry that proves that it’s not boxed in to just one thing.

At C3S, we are happy to provide different diploma levels of Tourism Management as well as a bachelor’s degree for those interested in experiencing this industry. Combining academics with some great hands on experience from our great internship programs through “World Wide Internships”, any student interested in the Tourism and Hospitality industry will be well equipped to work in it through us. As C3S is located at a great cultural center point in Barcelona, students will be able to learn a diverse cultural context, so they can work in the Tourism and Hospitality industry in different parts of the world.

For more information on our programs, click here.

Reasons to study tourism

Reasons to study tourism

When you are deciding what to choose to study, usually one of the best factors to consider is “What do you love to do?”. Having a specific level of passion towards something can give you a huge waypoint towards the kind of career you could potentially pursue. In this case, if you are someone who likes to travel and like the idea of helping others, so they can have a memorable experience, we believe you are someone who could make a career out of Tourism.

Here are some reasons why you should study tourism:

Endless Opportunities

Tourism is one of those industries that just keeps growing exponentially worldwide. Because of its reach and its central goal, it is very easy for you to study Tourism and then be able to find an opportunity for work anywhere. Since the goal of tourism transcends culture and countries, you will not find trouble being able to find a job in tourism in any specific area you’d like to work at.

It’s a Creative Industry

One of the big defining traits for tourism is how it is an industry that will require you to think on your feet and embrace creativity. What this means is that sometimes you will be given carte blanche to come up with ways to create exciting new ways to entertain potential customers, and if you’re a creative person that know how to think outside the box, you will find yourself at home with tourism.

Wide Scope of Job Concentrations

Tourism, just like every other industry, offers different kinds of positions within it that can suit your particular set of skills. In Tourism, you could make a career as a Tourist Guide, Tour Manager, Travel Consultant, Event and Conference Manager and many more. There is a wide variety of choice in the Tourism industry, so once you find your specific strength and niche, you are more than likely going to be able to find something that fits you.

If Tourism sounds like something you’d be interested in, C3S offers a gateway for you to get a career in Tourism through our CTH program. For more information about our Tourism programs, click here.

The Careers Paths Available with a degree in Tourism Management

The Careers Paths Available with a degree in Tourism Management

From an outside perspective It can be easy to dismiss a career in Tourism Management as a limiting field only focusing on just tourism. While tourism is a big part of it, the truth is someone can do so much with a tourism degree. Here are the different career paths someone can take with a career in Tourism Management:

  • Hotels and Resorts

Working as a staff member in a hotel is one of the more obvious career choices in Tourism Management. Getting to help guests on a holiday vacation and coordinating the whole process with staff members from a guest’s arrival to their departure, working as a manager in a hotel provides a great opportunity in how to manage a full team to provide guests with the best experience possible. Other areas you can work with in a hotel other than as a hotel/resort manager is as a front desk clerk/receptionist, housekeeper or hotel accountant.

  • Airline Travel and Luxury Cruise

As two of the largest tourism-related industries available, getting a degree in Tourism Management will allow you to become a part of an Airline Travel and Luxury Cruise in different leadership positions like operations management, logistics division, invoice and reservations. Other areas to work in both these industries is as a flight attendant, cruise staff, ship captain, travel security, luggage porter, etc.

  • Food and Beverage Services

 A degree in tourism management can allow you to work in different food and beverage services around the world. Not limited to just the ones at hotels or resorts, you could work at different special events enterprises as well as different restaurants and bars. Being a manager at one of these places requires a keen attention to detail in how to properly present food, making sure the quality of the food is good, see that events are properly staffed and equipped with everything necessary for them to run safe and smoothly, etc. In this industry you can work as restaurant manager, bar or club manager, catering coordinator. If you wish to go more hands on you can work as waiter, barista, chef or kitchen staff.

  • Entertainment manager

If you picture yourself as being more of a tour guide in an amusement park like Disney World, a tourism management degree can allow you to be one. From an Adventure Tour Guide, to an Amusement Park Manager, you can use this position to ensure families who come on vacation to one of the big amusement parks in the world have some of the best experiences they can have.

  • Event Planner

Graduating from Public Relations is not the only degree that can qualify you from becoming an event planner. Working in the Tourism and Hospitality industry requires a similar level of event planning expertise, and for people wishing to be part of the industry through that angle, a tourism management degree can provide that opportunity. From planning events as either a wedding coordinator, concert coordinator and conference host, the degree will provide you the opportunity to work in these different areas.

  • Travel Counselor

 Maybe what you want is to properly guide different families to their dream vacation. The good news is that earning a degree in tourism management can properly equip you with the knowledge necessary to become a great travel counselor. With knowledge of what makes an effective vacation, you’ll be able to counsel families with travel arrangements, booking reservations and other documentation necessary for them to enjoy a great vacation.

  • Working in the Tourism and Hospitality industry is proving to be one of the better paying jobs available. With yearly wages that hover around $52,000/year in the United States or 26,800 EUR/year in Spain, it is a great way to earn some good money in an industry that proves that it’s not boxed in to just one thing.

At C3S, we are happy to provide different diploma levels of Tourism Management as well as a bachelor’s degree for those interested in experiencing this industry. Combining academics with some great hands on experience from our great internship programs through “World Wide Internships”, any student interested in the Tourism and Hospitality industry will be well equipped to work in it through us.

As C3S is located at a great cultural center point in Barcelona, students will be able to learn a diverse cultural context, so they can work in the Tourism and Hospitality industry in different parts of the world.

For more information on our programs: 

Diploma in Tourism Management Level 3

Diploma in Tourism Management Level 4

Diploma in Tourism Management Level 5

Stepping Stone for a Career Leap: Benefits of a Level 4 Diploma in Tourism Management CTH

Stepping Stone for a Career Leap: Benefits of a Level 4 Diploma in Tourism Management CTH

“What is the next step?”

It is the all-important question behind the mind of any high school student in a period of transition. For some, the simple answer is go to college and earn a bachelor’s degree. For others, the answer may not be a clear.  In a wide world full of different people, there is not one single path forward. In fact, the path forward for a single person can be full of limitless options; pathways specifically tailored for each individual’s aspirations, wants and desires.

There is no denying the benefit of earning a bachelor’s degree. For years its importance has been emphasized in how it is something crucial for the furthering of someone’s academic and professional lives, leading to a live with a well-paying job. However, in recent years, jumping straight to working towards a bachelor’s degree has shown to be something not practical to every potential student. Sometimes students need a stepping stone; something where they can get a taste of a potential career with some hands-on experience, so they can then make the transition towards a bachelor’s degree or further levels of personal career advancement.

With this in mind, if there is any student interested in a field which will develop and grow them in the area of management but are still not ready to immediately commit to a bachelor’s degree yet, the “Castelldefels School of Social Sciences” (CSSS) offers aLevel 4 Diploma in Tourism Management CTH. The benefit of pursuing this diploma allows students to dip their toes into the realm of the travel and tourism sector, get hands on experience in areas like customer service, and expand any employment and career opportunities beyond this diploma. With this diploma, students will become well versed in every possible area to be “manager ready” for the travel and tourism sector all in the span of a year.

 For all of the people skeptical of the idea of investing in a diploma compared to investing in a bachelor’s degree outright, there is a precedent for diplomas and certificates that allow people to get a well-paying job. According to the student coaching website www.goodcall.com, they note how data from Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce and also some information for the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows how there is people earning up to $65,000/year with jobs acquired only by a certification or diploma. These are jobs in the auto industry, air conditioning mechanics, broadcast and sound engineering technicians and much more. Even the nursing industry allows for diplomas which take 2 years to obtain to get into the medical field.  It goes without saying how investing on a diploma or certificate can make the cost of higher education more palatable to the students who find cost to be huge barrier of entry to pursue a career.

There is a value to pursuing a diploma if the pursuit of a bachelor’s degree is of no immediate interest. The journey towards a future career doesn’t end if a bachelor’s degree is not obtained. There are options in the world; all a student needs is to take advantage of those options. For those who pursue a diploma, if it’s of high interest for the student, it can help as a great transition towards then pursuing a bachelor’s degree. It’s a world with limitless options.

For those interested in more information for the diploma in Tourism Management offered by CSSS, you can click here.