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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:

C. D.
◈ Studied BS Travel and Tourism Management (slightly different course)
◈ At De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde
◈ Graduated 2010

list bulletAbout my college education: My course is interesting in a sense that you get to know about the world. You study not only popular destinations that people visit but you also get to know what other people are like in different parts of the globe. Like any other course, you really have to study hard to be a graduate of this course in a sense that you need to know a lot of information like popular places, fave foods, culture, country codes, foreign laws and I forgot to mention that this course will also require you to learn a foreign language, depending on your schools curriculum. This course also teaches you on managing your own travel agency.


list bulletMy current job: I have my own business

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: Somewhat, I was not able to use all the knowledge I learned due to the nature of my business is marketing. However, whenever any of my family members wants to travel locally or internationally, I book they're flights for them and explain to them airport policies, arrival and departure time, baggage allowances etc.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: I was a working student while studying so, I had the same job after graduation for a couple of months more. I was working in a call center as I needed a night job.

list bulletDo I recommend studying International Travel and Tourism Management: I would recommend this course if your a person who loves traveling to different parts of the globe and getting to know a lot of people. Choose a course that is in tune with what you want to be and what you love to do. In that way, it won't feel like your going to work everyday..

Upon graduation, you have a lot od options on where you would like to apply, from Airports, Resorts, Cruise Ships, Travel Agencies and a lot more. Plus, our government is currently promoting the country as one of the top tourist destinations in the world, so expect more jobs for those who are in the travel and tourism industry.
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