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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:

R. J.
◈ Studied BS Tourism Management
◈ At De La Salle University Dasmariñas
◈ Graduated 2010

list bulletWhy did I choose Tourism Management: I decided to take up BS Tourism Management because during that time, it was in demand. I also love to travel and wanted to learn different languages then.

list bulletAbout my college education: BS Tourism Management is such a challenging course. It's not what others would think to be a very easy course to take. It takes a lot of hard work to pass this.

I've learned a lot in this course. I learned how to mingle with different kinds of people, extend patience and exert hard work in accomplishing tasks.

The major subjects of course are the ones to be the most difficult. You have to take much concentration in familiarizing yourself with the different countries as well as it's capital cities, and so forth.

The most useful things I learned are the values I exerted during my studies.

Passing the exams are quite difficult, yet; can be passed still if you will just focus on studying. =) I think only 3% of the students shifted due to financial reasons, because it takes a lot of money to be in this course.

To be able to succeed in this course, students should have a lot of self-confidence, hard-work, patience and determination.

list bulletMy current job: For now, I am not employed yet.
I resigned from Banco de Oro which was my first and previous job because my workplace was quite far from our home. I also gave birth to my baby and decided to just focus my attention on him from then on.

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: In my college life, I learned to be patient with people of different personalities and with those people of attitude problems, which I have used on my past job because there are a lot of people from the bank who are rich and very annoying. Yet, I was able to overcome those stresses in my life.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: It took 6 months after my graduation before I get hired. I applied within June of 2010 and got the job by September already.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Tourism Management: Honestly, I know there are a lot of opportunities for BS Tourism Management graduates. It could be in the Airline Industry, Travel Agencies, Tourism-Related jobs, etc.

A fresh BS Tourism Management graduate can expect at least 12,000/month. And a more experienced employee of course is much higher. =)

list bulletAdvice to people who are thinking of studying this course: If you want to take up BS Tourism Management, you have to be patient, vigilant, determined and most importantly, be confident enough to face challenges that might come along the way =)
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