Hotel Management

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Do you have excellent management skills? Do you think you can lead a team in providing a memorable service to holiday go-ers and many other guests? We often reap the benefit of good hotel management but we may not often think of the vital work that goes into bringing us that hotel experience. 

If you think this is the right career for you or you want to find out more you’ve come to the right place. We have some information you might need below. 

What is hotel management?

Hotel management refers to the management of all operations in a hotel from food and beverages to sales, marketing, front office operation and more. Planning and organization play a huge role in the position of a hotel manager. 

What third level courses are available?

Universities and colleges in Ireland are offering course in the following areas:

  • International Hotel Management 
  • Hotel and Leisure Management
  • Hotel and Catering Management
  • Commerce in International Hotel Management
  • Business Studies in International Hotel Management  

Studying Hotel Management in college

Different courses will have different content and range between three to four years. Specific content may differ but all courses will cover the basics of hotel management and help you to gain a strong foundation in the area both theoretical and practically. 

Generally in your first year you will learn the basics involved in the work and role of a hotel management. You may look at areas such as accommodation, communications and dealing with customers, food and beverage skills and information technology. Overall, you will gain an introduction and understanding of the tourism and hospitality industry. 

As your course goes on you will look more in depth and a broader understanding of different areas. In second year you may look at more advanced practices and theory as well as looking at more complex sides of hotel management such as the financial and accounting side of the work as well as the marketing and business area. 

In your last year or two of your course, depending on the specific course and the length, you will break into areas in management strategy and human resource management as well as continuing to focus on the financial side. You will have the opportunity to apply your theory practically by taking work placement within the industry. 

Career Options

A degree in Hotel Management creates the opportunity to travel worldwide and work in the tourism and hospitality industry and gain experience in places of different culture desires and demand. You will be able to work and lead some of the best hotels in the country and potentially worldwide. 

Some people may use their undergraduate degree to go forward with their education and take a postgraduate degree in order to specialise in a particular area of their interest. This allows for people to move into their desired role. 

There are a few skills and qualities that are important to have as a hotel manager. These include excellent communication skills, leadership skills, confidence, ability to delegate work and give clear instructions, the ability to work well with others, time management skills, organization skills, attention to detail and the ability to motivate others and remain calm under pressure. 

Related Jobs

  • Hotel manager
  • General manager
  • Catering manager
  • Food and beverage manager
  • Bar manager
  • Hotel reception staff
  • Food and beverage server

Further Study

Many people want to specialise in a specific areas at a master’s level. 

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Different courses and different colleges will have different entry requirements. It’s always safest to check with the individual higher education institution which is available on their websites. As a general rule Leaving Cert students should have a minimum of six subjects which should include: Two H5 (Higher Level) grades and Four O6 (Ordinary Level) grades or four H7 (Higher Level) grades. Subjects must include Mathematics, Irish or another language, and English. 

The highest points required in 2020 in this area were in Commerce in International Hotel Management in Shannon College of Hotel Management for which 681 points were needed. The lowest points needed were 198 points to study Hotel and Catering Management.  

Where can I study?

For other courses in the area you would like to explore, you can do so here.

Did you know?

  • In 2019 alone, the hotel market in the UK generated revenue of over $850 billion.
  • The oldest hotel in the world is in Japan and is called the Yamanashi Prefecture in Japan. It has been running for over 1,300 years.
  • The largest hotel in the world is in Malaysia. It is called the First World Hotel and has over 7,300 rooms.
  • Many hotels around the world do not have a 13th floor due to its association with bad luck and misfortune. 




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