Travel Management Bachelor's Degree Programs

Helping vacationers make solid decisions in booking hotels, flights and tours is part of a career in travel management. Read on to learn more about earning a bachelor's degree in this field, see a list of courses you may take and find out about employment prospects. Schools offering Travel & Tourism degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Bachelor's Degree Programs are Available in Travel Management?

Travel management bachelor's degree programs may award a Bachelor of Arts in Tourism and Hospitality, a Bachelor of Science in Hospitality and Tourism Management, or possibly a Bachelor of Business Administration in Sport, Event, and Hospitality Management. Any program in this field will familiarize you with the industry in areas such as hospitality trends, flight and travel planning, travel policies and hotel management. You will learn about the techniques used to help clients make travel a positive experience.

To be admitted into the program, you must have a high school diploma. Some schools require a certain number of college credits or an associate's degree prior to enrollment.

Degree Options Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Business Administration
Common Courses Marketing, hotel operations, tourism planning and policy, event management, personnel management
Online Availability Degree fully available online, however in person internship is often required
Career Options Travel agent, hotel guest services agent, tour guide, event planner
Median Salary (May 2018)* $38,700 (for Travel Agents)
$49,370 (for Meeting, Convention, and Event Planners)
Job Outlook (2016-2026)* 12% decline (for Travel Agents)
11% growth (for Meeting, Convention, and Event Planners)

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

What Courses Will I Take?

Bachelor's degree programs in tourism management require completion of major courses in hospitality and travel, as well as some electives. General education courses are also included unless you have already taken them as part of an associate's degree program. You may be able to pursue a specialization, such as lodging management, hospitality law or event management, among others. Some courses you might take include:

  • Personnel management
  • Marketing techniques
  • Hotel management
  • Hotel operations
  • Planning and policy in tourism
  • Event management

Are Programs Available Online?

Bachelor's degree programs in this field are available online as well as in traditional on-campus settings. These programs allow for communication using e-mail, chat rooms and live chats. Instruction is administered through video learning, simulations and textbooks. You will also need to complete an internship. Some schools allow for an internship to be completed at a known tourist attraction, such as Walt Disney World. Students gain practical experience in such areas as hotel management, meal assessment and conducting tours.

How Can I Use this Degree?

With a bachelor's degree in tourism management, you could become a travel agent, a professional who is responsible for making the best flight, hotel and tour arrangements for his or her clients. Travel agents can specialize in a specific field, such as European or cruise travel. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (www.bls.gov), travel agents earned a median annual salary of $34,800 in May 2014. You could also work as a tour guide, leading sightseers on tours of special sites, cities or countries. You could also find employment working in a hotel as someone who sees to guests' needs, oversees the daily operations of the hotel or plans special events, such as business meetings.

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