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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:

A. Z.
◈ Studied BS in Tourism Management
◈ At Bulacan State University - Main Campus
◈ Graduated 2017

list bulletWhy did I choose Tourism Management: Tourism industry is one of the largest industries in the world that contributes to the economic growth of a country, this is why I chose to study this course. In the Philippines Tourism Industry is the 2nd largest contributor to the Philippine economy, after Agriculture. I also love to study History and Geography, and always want to communicate different people in different walks of life.

list bulletAbout my college education: I have learned so much, from Marketing to management, from one on one conversations to conversing with lots of people. This course is characterized to be people-oriented, the foundations of this course are History, Geography, Culture, Tradition, Communication, Marketing and Management. I learned different languages from Korean Language to Mandarin Language.

The most difficult projects I encountered is on the Events Management subject, for our final examinations we were required to organize an event and should earn more than our Capital, inviting and gathering people outside the school is the hardest, selling tickets is difficult but we survived that one.

The most useful things I learned are handling people, handling clients and handling customers regardless what attitude they give to you.

Passing written exams are easy because whenever you are studying your lessons before exam you will realize that it is interesting and so it is easy to pass written exams, but, the hardest part of exams is the practical examinations, like Tour guiding, Event planning, event organizing, and of course Thesis defense.


list bulletMy current job: Now I am a trainee at Tourism Promotions Board the Marketing Arm of the Department of Tourism, I am in the Administrative Department. I am now be absorbed at Tourism Promotions Board.

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: Dealing with people, and communicating with them, observing their Culture and Tradition, understanding their way of life that is Tourism Management.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Tourism Management: Their are so much opportunities waiting at your door step, Tourism and Hospitality is a wide industry, It is everywhere, from school to churches, from government to private sectors, from hotels to restaurants, from plane to cruise ship, from office to grounds Tourism and Hospitality industry is everywhere.

list bulletAdvice to people who are thinking of studying this course: Being a Tourism student requires patience and flexibility, you should be friendly, should be interested on meeting new people, you should have the courage to talk to them, and you should always smile and always be conscious of your physical appearance lastly you should read, read, read especially history, geography, culture, tradition and the English language.
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