International Tourism Management Jobs: Career Options

Explore the career requirements for working in international tourism management. Get the facts about education, salary, and potential job growth to determine if this is the right career for you. Schools offering Travel & Tourism degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Is an International Tourism Manager?

Wherever you may travel you want your accommodations clean and sanitary, and the grounds well kept and maintained. As an international tourism manager, you will greet clients and guests, hire staff, and see that services are well cared for. It is up to managers of hospitality centers, hotels and motels or tourism sites to see to it on a daily basis that a guest's visit will be as first rate as possible.

There are many career opportunities in the field of international tourism management. As an international tourism management professional, you can help a hotel run smoothly, coordinate events, and provide customer service. The table below explains the general requirements for two particular careers in the field.

Lodging ManagerConvention Services Manager
Degree RequiredHigh school diploma or equivalent is required, but a bachelor's degree is recommendedBachelor's degree
Educational Field of StudyBusiness, Hospitality Management, Tourism ManagementHospitality Management, Marketing, Communications, Business
Key ResponsibilitiesInspects cleanliness of rooms and grounds; greets guests and answers questions; ensures company standards for guest services are followed; interviews, hires, and trains new staff; supervises maintenance; decides rooms ratesCoordinates services for events; prepares departments for meetings, events, and conventions; reserves rooms for conferences; makes necessary features available for different events
Job Growth (2014-2024)8%*10% for meeting, convention, and event planners*
Median Salary (2015)$49,720*$46,840 for meeting, convention, and event planners*

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

What International Tourism Management Jobs Could I Find?

You might find a position as a lodging manager, front office manager or convention services manager in the international tourism industry. As a lodging manager, you would work to make tourists feel comfortable during their stay at a hotel. You would decide the rates for rooms, determine the funds for individual departments, oversee spending and supervise or perform maintenance work. At a larger hotel, you would manage all of a hotel's lodging and might work with assistant managers who control different departments.

If you become a front office manager, you could manage the staff, make reservations for customers and provide customer service. As a convention services manager, you may prepare various departments for meetings, events and conventions. You would reserve rooms for conferences and make sure they have the necessary features.

What Degree Would I Need?

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), most people who find work in this field hold a bachelor's degree in business, hospitality or a related area (www.bls.gov). You might pursue a bachelor's degree in international hospitality and tourism management; some schools offer master's programs in this field as well. Topics of study can include travel marketing, tourism policies and management strategies.

Some hotels are willing to train employees who lack formal education but show management potential. In a training program, you might shadow a manager and gain hands-on experience in a variety of departments.

Where Could I Work?

The layers of management in a hotel or lodging establishment depend on the size of the hotel and the services it provides. You might find international tourism jobs in hotels, recreational and RV camps, motels and inns. Positions may also be found in resorts, private clubs, food-service businesses and restaurants.

How Much Can I Earn?

Lodging managers earned a median annual salary of $49,720 as of May 2015, according to the BLS. Most people in this field worked in the traveler accommodation industry. The top-paying industry for lodging managers was general medical and surgical hospitals. The BLS projected that employment growth for lodging managers would be as fast the average for all occupations, at about eight percent from 2014-2024.

Meanwhile, meeting, convention and event planners should see much faster than average job growth - 10% - over that same decade. The median salary for these workers was $46,840 in 2015, and Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events had the highest employment level for these planners.

What Are Some Related Alternative Careers?

Within this field of hospitality, there are many related career fields that require bachelor's degrees. One is as an administrative services manager taking care of support services for an organization. Another related career might be as a fundraiser, organizing events and campaigns to raise donations for a client. Human resource managers are another profession where you are in charge of the recruiting, interviewing and hiring of employees. You have discussions with executives and work as the go between for workers and top brass. Finally, you might consider using your people skills as a sales manager for a company or business analyzing data, setting sales goals and hiring and training sales teams.

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