Hospitality & Tourism: Traveling the Globe

Course Overview

Units at a glance

Do you like meeting new people? Do you find it enjoyable to help people? Do you like to travel and see different parts of the world? If so, you may be interested in a career in the hospitality and tourism industry. This unit will introduce the industry and the various types of businesses within it. We’ll learn more about the development and history of the hospitality and tourism industry, and we’ll also discuss some of the current trends affecting it today.

Do you think you’d like to work in the hospitality and tourism industry? In this unit, we will examine some of the career areas available to people. We’ll learn more about career paths and what these typically look like in hospitality and tourism businesses. We’ll also discuss some of the characteristics that employers look for in employees and discuss some tips that people can use to obtain careers in hospitality- or tourism-related fields.

Lodging is one of the earliest-known sectors of the hospitality and tourism industry. From ancient societies to modern times, people have needed places to stay and sleep when they are away from home. In this unit, we will explore the hotel sector of the hospitality and tourism industry, and we’ll learn about some of the different types of lodging. We’ll also discuss some of the common departments in hotels and what these departments are responsible for in the hotel’s operation. Finally, we’ll discuss room counts and the practice of overbooking rooms.

Convenience has become a hallmark of the modern world. Nowhere is this truer in the hospitality industry than with restaurants and other food service businesses. More than ever, people are eating outside their homes, whether this involves a short trip to a restaurant down the street or as part of a longer trip outside of someone’s local area. In this unit, we will examine the restaurant and food services sector of the hospitality and tourism industry. We will discuss some of the different types of restaurants, examine the front and back of the house, and investigate how restaurants differ from managed services.

Since ancient times, people have been interested in seeing the world around them. Although our methods for travel have changed dramatically since then, many people still travel far away from their homes to see new places and experience different cultures. In this unit, we will examine some of the aspects of tourism and travel planning that make up this area of the hospitality and tourism industry. We will consider some of the factors that influence travel and the impact that travel can have on everyday life. We’ll also examine career options in the area of tourism and how these career positions are changing in today’s world.

The field of event planning is a growing one within the hospitality and tourism industry. Events, including festivals, sporting events, and conventions, have become big business around the world. Event planners and event managers are integral parts of the event business, helping to ensure that each event occurs successfully. In this unit, we will learn more about this field and the process of planning and managing an event.

How do you unwind and relax? Today, we do many things to help us cope with the modern stressors that we face in areas like workplaces and school. This unit focuses on the recreation and leisure sector of the hospitality and tourism industry. We will learn about government-sponsored, nonprofit, and commercial recreation sites, and we will examine the history of the amusement park. We will also learn more about the responsibilities and challenges of managing an amusement or theme park.

In some areas of the hospitality and tourism industry, guests are “captive” in the sense that they spend a great deal of their vacation on the premises of the hospitality and tourism business. Two examples of this are cruise ships and resorts, which both cater to a complete vacation experience for guests. In this unit, we will learn more about these two types of hospitality and tourism businesses, including their development and some of the challenges that these businesses face in today’s society.

Course Highlights

Examine careers in event and travel planning.
Compare careers in traditional hospitality venues with those in resorts, theme parks, and cruise ships.
Learn about key issues facing the hospitality and tourism industry.
Investigate the management of hotels, resorts, and restaurants.

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