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BS in Tourism Management in the Philippines

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Program Overview

The Bachelor of Science in Tourism Management is a four-year degree program for people who want to have a career in the field of Tourism and Event Management. This course leads to expertise in the management of tour-operating agencies, as well as other jobs in the tourism and hospitality sector. The curriculum also includes operational competencies, event management classes, investment, and market study. 


Recommended Senior High School Strand

Students who want to pursue a degree in Tourism Management are encouraged to take the Home Economics strand under the Technical-Vocational and Livelihood (TVL) track. The strand covers interesting topics like beauty and wellness, cooking, fashion designing, tourism, hospitality, and handicrafts. These topics are helpful to incoming college students as it teaches the basics of their degree program.


Subjects and Curriculum

  • Philippine Culture and Tourism Geography
  • Risk Management
  • Quality Service Management in Tourism and Hospitality
  • Legal Aspects of Tourism and Hospitality
  • Macro Perspective of Tourism and Hospitality
  • Professional Development and Applied Ethics
  • Multicultural Diversity in the workplace for the tourism professional
  • Tourism and Hospitality Marketing
  • Micro Perspective of Tourism and Hospitality
  • Entrepreneurship in Tourism and Hospitality

Admission Requirements

Qualifications

  • The student must be a high school graduate. 

However, if they were not able to graduate high school, they may opt to take the Alternative Learning System (ALS) and pass the Philippine Educational Placement Test (PEPT) to qualify for college; the availability of courses for PEPT passers depend on the university.

  • The students must pass the College Admissions Test of the university.

Basic Requirements

  • Form 138 - High School Report Card (Original and Photocopy)
  • Recommendation letter from High school principal and guidance counselor
  • Most recent medical and dental health record
  • Copy of NSO Certified birth certificate
  • Certificate of Good moral character
  • Copy of honorable dismissal
  • Copy of high school diploma
  • (1) Latest 2”x2” ID Picture

Program Outcome

Graduates of BS in Tourism Management  are expected to be able to:

  • Knowledgeable of the tourism industry
  • Awareness of the products and services produced by the local tourism industry
  • Apply laws and regulations related to the tourism industry
  • Utilize technology applications for tourism
  • Perform human capital development functions of a tourism-oriented organization
  • Properly communicate with clients and guest

On-The-Job Training/Internship

During the fourth year of the program, students are required to attend an On the Job Training (OJT) in travel agencies, travel ticketing offices, event organizing companies, and the Department of Tourism.


Students are given the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills in an actual work setting. Usually, universities require them to submit a written report on their tasks, learning experiences, and hours rendered. Their work performance will also be evaluated by their immediate managers and will be submitted to their respective OJT coordinator. The number of hours required may differ in each university.


Board Exam

The BS in Tourism Management does not have a board examination. However, graduates may opt to take the Civil Service Examination (CSE) conducted by the Philippine Civil Service Commission (PCSC) to qualify in working in government offices. Some graduates opt to take a Master’s degree followed by a Doctorate degree to gain expertise in the industry. 


Career Opportunities

Graduates of BS in Tourism Management may pursue a career path in travel agencies, travel ticketing offices, event organizing companies, and the Department of Tourism. They may apply as a tour escort, tour agency clerk, hotel and resort personnel, tour agent, government tourism staff, event coordinator, flight attendant, travel writer, and a tourism researcher.

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Reviews of BS in Tourism Management graduates:

B. M.
◈ Studied BS in Tourism Management
◈ At University of Mindanao
◈ Graduated 2012

list bulletWhy did I choose Tourism Management: I've chosen this course because I believe it will open up great opportunities and will give me the ability to travel. It's even more interesting in a way that tourism sector not only boosts economic growth but promotes a sustainable environment as well. It made me think that it would be best if I can be a part of the hospitality industry.

list bulletAbout my college education: The course in general is not that hard, but it will challenge you as to how to present and market a specific destination. Examinations are also not that hard and it is very rare for someone to repeat subjects. Each of us just have to familiarize ourselves with the destination and know the key factors of the place, then, everything will just flow. The most fun part is to be on site and explore the destination assigned to you. This course requires great interest in traveling and the belief of it's significance.

list bulletMy current job: A few weeks after graduation, I was already being offered a job by one of the largest companies in Mindanao to promote tourism in China. Which is why they also offered me a two year scholarship program to study Mandarin in Xiamen. After the upcoming fall semester, I will go back to the Philippines and start being fully on board.

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: It is the ability to promote a certain destination. In college, teachers will train you to present, promote and do what not in order to attract tourists. This includes the words to be used, the photos to be used, etc. While I am in China, I am already working on the proposals that I will be presenting once I go on board at work. It will be both in English and Chinese languages since the target of the company are Chinese locals.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Tourism Management: Yes. With the continuous need in boosting the Philippines' tourism, employment opportunities for this course are big. Even before I graduated from college, I have received a lot of interview invites from different companies. Of course, as a fresh grad, I chose to get the one that is most beneficial to me.

In terms of salary level, it will depend on the company and your skill to present yourself to the bosses of the company. Start up offers start from Php18,000 up to Php23,500, excluding the travel opportunities and other benefits, which will be spent for by the company.

list bulletAdvice to people who are thinking of studying this course: If you are considering taking BS Tourism Management, you need to be certain on the field that you'll be exposed to and consider the industry's benefit to you and the economy. You also have the interest in traveling and promoting different places. Otherwise, it would be best to choose another course.
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