Travel Management

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Travel Management plays an important role in many businesses to keep everything running smoothly and efficiently. Are you organised? Time efficient and a strong team leader? Maybe a career in this area is the right one for you. 

You never know unless you research your options and we are here to inform you as best we can. 

What is travel management?

Travel management is organising or corporate travel, tracking and organizing of travel expenses as well as setting out a travel strategy. It is a good way of helping businesses to handle their travel needs effectively. 

What third courses are available?

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

  • Business Studies with Travel and Tourism Management 
  • Hospitality, Travel and and Event Management (PLC)
  • Travel, Tourism and Hospitality Management Level 6 Direct Entry)

Studying travel management in college

The main undergraduate course in this area is offered by Limerick Institute of Technology and is a four year course. Depending on what course you want to take, content will differ. For example, a Level 6 in this area will not cover as much detail or in as much depth and is mostly used as a stepping stone to further your education. 

Like any course, your first year will focus on giving you an introduction to the area and helping you to build a foundation in order to prepare you for the more in depth and detailed knowledge in broader areas. You will focus on areas from business management, personal development, information technology and tourism studies.

Course content is regularly updated as it must keep up to date with an ever-changing industry to meet the needs of those availing of the services. A course in travel management will give students the practical skills and knowledge as well as a business know-how in the travel and tourism sector. As the course continues you will study modules including Management of Visitor Experience, French, Business Decision Applications, HR Management and Financial Management among many more. 

Students will learn the basic principles and practice involved with travel and tourism management. Students will also have the opportunity to apply their knowledge practically through work placement. 

Career options

Travel Management is in the Sport, Leisure and Travel faculty. Therefore, it offers a way into these different areas into managerial roles or into similar roles. You may extend your knowledge into the areas of sport and leisure as well as the knowledge you will already have in the travel area. 

There are opportunities worldwide to work in this area which allows for travels within the travel management sector. At home, you may build relationships within key companies such as Tourism Ireland, Fáilte Ireland, the Irish Hotels Federation and the Northern Ireland Tourist Board. 

There are a number of skills and qualities that are necessary in the role of a leisure 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

  • Travel manager
  • Leisure centre manager
  • Hotel manager
  • Spa manager
  • Personal trainer
  • Coach
  • Food and Beverage manager

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.

Limerick Institute of Technology offers an undergraduate Level 8 course in Business Studies with Travel and Tourism Management. The points for this course were 307 in 2020. Sallynoggin College of Further Education and Limerick City College offer Level 6 courses in the area also. 

Where can I study?

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

Did you know?

  • Ireland welcomes around 6,400,000 tourists every year. 
  • The tourism industry makes up around 6.3% of Ireland’s economy. 



Aedín Dunne

Leisure Management
International Business


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