International Hospitality and Tourism Management

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Are you a good leader? Do you have excellent interpersonal skills and communication skills and want to work in the world of tourism? Do you think you can work under pressure and keep up with developing trends? The tourism industry might suit you very well. 

What is International Hospitality and Tourism Management 

International Hospitality and Tourism Management focuses on operations, communications and management while focusing on areas from food and leisure to business tourism. 

What third courses are available?

Universities and college in Ireland are offering courses in the following subject areas:

  • International Hospitality and Tourism Management – TU Dublin (Tallaght)


  • Hospitality and Tourism – LYIT (Killybeggs)
  • Hospitality and Tourism Industry Studies (PLC) – Sallynoggin College of Further Education

Studying International Hospitality and Tourism Management in college

There are a number of relevant courses to this area in colleges around Ireland. There are undergraduate courses and PLC courses that are relevant to International Hospitality and Tourism Management. The exact course itself is offered by TU Dublin (Tallaght) and provides the opportunity to study for three years or four years. All courses will allow you to gain the relevant skills and knowledge to go forward and work in the area. 

Like any course, your first year is a foundation year where you will become familiar with the area of International Hospitality and Tourism Management. You will cover the basic principles and core areas as well as become familiar with what is to come throughout your course. 

From there and into your second, third year you will cover more complex and broad areas that will allow you to develop your knowledge on a broader and wider scale. Modules and subjects covered will include Hospitality Information Systems, Kitchen & Rest Operations, Irish Hospitality and Tourism Studies as well as Kitchen & Rest Operations, Economics, Front Office and Accom Operations and International Hospitality & Tourism Studies. 

In your final year, modules you will cover in this course will include Wine & Beverage Studies, Managing People in Hospitality and Tourism, Facilities Management for Hospitality & Tourism, Management Accounting, Applied Hospitality and Tour Research, Business, Sport and Event Tourism and Financial Accounting to name a few. 

Throughout your course you will study a range of business and cultural topics and develop essential business skills in tourism, sales and marketing, enterprise, human resources, IT, teamwork and problem-solving. You will also have the opportunity to study abroad on the Erasmus programme as well as taking work placement to give you the opportunity to apply your skills practically. There is also the option of studying a language as part of this course such as German, Spanish or French, for example. 

Courses in this area may differ in their exact content and structure but core modules will be similar. The above information is based on the International Hospitality and Tourism Management course offered by TU Dublin – Tallaght. 

Career options

This course provides a wide variety of job opportunities in hospitality and tourism. Job opportunities may include management roles, hotel staff, spa and leisure management and many more relevant to the area. Other job examples can be found below. 

A popular choice for those who study this course is to continue on with their studies at postgraduate level to specialize in subjects such as business, retail, hospitality, marketing and human resources. You could also move into the education and research area after gaining experience.   

Skills and qualities helpful in this area 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, remain calm under pressure, adaptability, a knowledge of tourism and hospitality, welcoming and able to keep up with growing trends and demands of the industry. 

Related jobs

  • Tourism and Hospitality Manager
  • Travel manager
  • Hotel Manager/staff member
  • Travel Agent
  • Spa/Leisure Centre manager
  • Catering 
  • Hotel Receptionist 
  • Human Resource Agent
  • Events Coordinator

Further Study

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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 points required for this course last year in TU Dublin – Tallaght were 184. There is also a course under the same name in the same college that is one year less in length which required 170 points.

Where can I study?

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Did you know?

  • Ireland welcomes around 6,400,000 tourists every year. 
  • The tourism industry makes up around 6.3% of Ireland’s economy. 
  • Hospitality has a global footprint and annual revenue worth over $500 billion


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