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What is Hospitality and Tourism Management?

*Transitioning from the College of Engineering Technology; to be completed July 1, 2019. See story for more information.

The hospitality and tourism management major prepares students for a wide variety of careers in food and beverage management, hotel/resort management, travel management, food marketing and distribution, and event management.

Among the biggest evolutions in the hospitality field is the impact of technology on guest experience, food service and delivery, and more. Technology, along with data analytics, is driving how hospitality professionals are interacting with guests and managing their expectations. From apps that help plan and manage guest experiences, to wearables that unlock guest room doors, to online check-in and food ordering, today’s hospitality professionals must be knowledgeable of how the latest technology is being used to improve the guest experience. The major prepares students for the hospitality and tourism industry through a common core of courses, which promote an understanding of the interrelationships among the food, lodging, travel, and event management sectors based on the underlying concept of quality service management.

An intersection of business and technology

Students can, in addition, customize the degree program with a variety of electives and minors. Courses in innovation, entrepreneurship, marketing, finance, packaging science, web design and development, and more expand upon the major's core courses and create opportunities for students to engage in hospitality and tourism management in new, exciting ways.This approach allows students to retain the flexibility to switch concentrations or jobs if their career goals change. All of these diverse and specialized fields require creative problem solving, technical knowledge, communication skills, and leadership. This powerful experience can help inform the senior capstone project, where students tackle a hospitality industry problem and propose an innovative solution.

RIT's program is recognized by ForbesTravel WeeklyNation’s Restaurant News, and Corporate Travel magazines. Our alumni come from around the United States and from more than 38 countries.

Hospitality and Tourism Management