Hospitality, Leisure & Tourism
If you enjoy travel and working with people then this course will appeal to you. It includes a six month work placement in Ireland or abroad where you will be working in a tourism-related environment. Previously, placement students have worked in national or local tourism development agencies, travel agencies, tour operators, heritage and archaeological centres and tourism attractions abroad, throughout Europe and the USA.
Our course includes site visits to tourism operations and firms within the region which offer an important aspect to the course. We also organise international field trips to tourist destinations such as Amsterdam, Paris, Madrid, Venice, Frankfurt and Rome. We invite guest lecturers with a national or international profile to contribute to the programme.
What do a surf school, a cafe, a large hotel group and a major international airline all have in common? They are all tourism businesses. Whatever your ambition, the possibilities are endless. As Ireland’s largest indigenous industry, the tourism sector provides you with a broad platform to build an exciting and successful career. A career in tourism is your passport to travel the world! Globally tourism is the world’s fastest growing economic sector. International tourist arrivals currently total over 1 billion and forecast by 2030 to reach 1.8 billion! Europe receives the most international tourist arrivals and 1 in 10 jobs globally and 7% of total world exports are tourism related (surpassing oil, automobiles & even food products!)
We have embedded key skills in the course to ensure our graduates are equipped to work in the tourism and events management industries:
The work placement module takes place at the end of year 2 and runs from April to September. In addition you will work and engage with organisations both locally, regionally and nationally helping in areas such as market research, promotion materials and promotional events.