BA International Tourism and Hospitality Management / International Tourism

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The Tourism Industry

Did you know that tourism is the world’s largest industry?

Tourism is a major form of economic development that generates substantial employment, income, investment, and tax revenue for communities in both developed and developing countries. One of every eleven jobs in the world exists due to tourism’s economic power. It is the economic engine that creates wealth in Florida, the Caribbean, and many other destinations worldwide.

In fact, the important of tourism is recognized by leaders around the world. It is the only industry with its own specialized agency within the United Nations: The United Nations World Tourism Organization.

Why choose a specialization in International Tourism?

Tourism is a multi-faceted industry that is never boring. In fact, no two days are ever the same!

Within the industry’s various sectors, there are numerous entry-level jobs and a multitude of career paths that will provide you with a variety of rewarding opportunities as you climb the career ladder. It is a growing career field with endless opportunities, domestically and internationally.

If you are looking for an exciting, dynamic industry in which to build a satisfying career that enables you to explore the world and experience its many natural and cultural resources, then tourism is for you.

So go ahead and visualize your dream job, and the company or organization and the location where you would most like to begin your professional career. Saint Leo’s internationally-renowned faculty can help prepare and guide you toward that goal.

With a degree specialization in international tourism, you can find your niche in the world!

Some amazing classes you can take

  • Introduction to International Tourism
  • Traveling the World for Fun & Profit
  • Tourism Management
  • Ecotourism
  • Heritage Tourism
  • World Destinations I: Americas, Caribbean, Europe
  • World Destinations 2: Asia, Pacific, Australia, Africa, and Middle East

Professional Development Opportunities

  • Internships: Under the mentorship of industry professionals, the 6-12 credit hour internship can be performed anywhere in the world that facilitates your career goals. Our students have performed internships in host agencies such as Walt Disney World, Sea World Parks, Busch Gardens, St. Augustine Ecotours, AAA Auto Club South, Amazonia Expeditions, Tampa Convention Center, Springfield (MA) Convention and Visitors Bureau, and The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, to name a few.
  • Study Abroad: Saint Leo maintains partnerships with more than a dozen international universities, and organizes for-credit, faculty-led excursions and alternative spring breaks.
  • Conferences: Attend tourism-related trade shows and conferences, such as the Southeast Tourism Society’s Spring Symposium, Florida Tourism Day in Tallahassee, or Destination: Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.
  • Networking: Network with the program’s Industry Liaison Council (ILC), an advisory board of prominent senior executives representing all sectors of the tourism and hospitality industry. The ILC meets each fall and spring to interact with Saint Leo students and to report on a variety of action items that impact our program. ILC members host field trips, provide internship placements, serve as Professor-For-A-Day, and provide valuable industry contacts.
  • Co-curricular activities: Become an active member of the International Tourism Club or Asian Culture Society on campus.

What can you do with a degree specialization in International Tourism?

Our graduates find jobs in many tourism industry sectors, including accommodations, food service, attractions, transportation, and promotional organizations.

  • Tourism Policy Consultant
  • Airline Sales Manager
  • Festival and Events Planner
  • Destination Marketer
  • Ecotourism Consultant
  • Tour Operator

Where are Saint Leo grads now?

  • Busch Gardens
  • Disney Club Vacations
  • Disney Cruise Lines
  • BCD Meetings & Incentives
  • Mir Travel
  • Enterprise Rent-a-Car
  • Delta Air Lines
  • Amazonia Expeditions
  • The Bahamas’ Ministry of Tourism

Student Resources

View current information on internships and potential scholarship opportunities here.

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