The hospitality and tourism industry is a large, diverse field that provides challenging and exciting career opportunities for people from all walks of life. The possibilities for satisfying careers are almost limitless. The rewards and satisfactions provided by the industry far exceed those of many other fields of work.
While the different segments of the hospitality and tourism industry have their own unique characteristics, they all share the same mission and heritage--serving the guest or customer. The segments of hospitality and tourism are traveling services, lodging, foodservice and recreation services. They all possess a common future as one of the most dynamic employment and career fields available.
What You’ll Learn
With a concentration in Hotel/Motel Management, students will attain knowledge in foodservice disciplines, customer service, sanitation, purchasing and inventory control, business operations, marketing, retailing, accounting management and communication skills. See the current advising sheet for more details.
Credits Required: 60 hours
Credential Earned: Associate of Applied Science
A comfortable room, good food and a helpful staff can make time away from home an enjoyable experience for both vacationing families and business travelers. While most lodging managers work in traditional hotels and motels, some work in other lodging establishments, such as camps, inns, boarding houses, dude ranches, and recreational resorts. In full-service hotels, lodging managers help their guests have a pleasant stay by providing many of the comforts of home, including cable television, fitness equipment, voice mail, as well as specialized services such as health spas. Lodging managers often schedule available meeting rooms and electronic equipment for business travelers, including slide projectors and fax machines. Lodging managers are responsible for keeping their establishments efficient and profitable. In a small establishment with a limited staff, the manager may oversee all aspects of operations. However, large hotels may employ hundreds of workers, and the general manager usually is aided by a number of assistant managers assigned to the various departments of the operation. In hotels of every size, managerial duties vary significantly by job title. Graduates will be prepared for careers in hotel and resort management and at tourism offices, travel services, and recreation services.