The travel, hospitality, and tourism industry is a $1.7 trillion industry worldwide that continues to grow. In fact, the 2018 Travel and Hospitality Industry Outlook reports the industry now accounts for more than 10% of global GDP.
This growth and prevalence is great news for students like you who are considering a career in event planning, hotel management, travel and tourism, or restaurant management. As you weigh your options for where to earn a hospitality management degree, here are four advantages to studying hospitality and tourism management at Meredith.
Meredith offers a 4-year, Bachelor of Science degree in hospitality and tourism management. Why is this important? Labor statistics show many hospitality management career opportunities, such as meeting, convention and event planner jobs that are growing faster than average, require a bachelor’s degree.
North Carolina has a $23 billion food service, lodging and restaurant industry, according to the North Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association (NCLRA). And, with a nationally acclaimed food scene that’s home to two of the top 100 restaurants in the U.S. and the state’s highest rated hotel, the Raleigh-Research Triangle Park area boasts a burgeoning hospitality industry with plentiful opportunities for internships and employment.
Meredith hospitality and tourism management majors take courses in the College’s AACSB-accredited School of Business and its ACEND-accredited nutrition program. Both accreditations are recognized as the gold standards by employers looking to hire graduates in these fields.
There’s a gender gap in the top management positions in the hospitality field. For example, women held only 5% of CEO positions in U.S. hotel companies in 2016, according to The Castell Project. Meredith’s hospitality and tourism major may be new but the College has a long track record of preparing women for leadership roles in fields such as STEM, business, government, and hospitality management, where women are underrepresented. Meredith also has a network of 22,000 alumnae, many of whom are leaders in the hospitality management field, such as a hospitality management consulting firm owner, a wedding and events firm founder, and the senior conference management services director for a 5-star hotel and spa.
If preparing for a hospitality management career in an all-women’s environment sounds right for you, learn more about Meredith’s program.