Top 5 Places for a Hospitality & Tourism Degree
By Stephanie Augustin
The results are in, and global research firm TNS Global where specific regions have grown on the back of increasing tourist arrivals.
The survey also found that managers and recruiters with luxury hotels worldwide generally preferred hospitality and tourism graduates who have had international experience, whether through internships or study time. This is why French and Swiss schools forge partnerships with satellite schools within Europe a holiday destinations in Asia. Not only can students from Europe experience the fast-growing Asian tourism sector and myriad of cultures, students from developing countries who want to ply their trade in big hotel companies can rack up experience points without incurring massive student debt.
Having been topped the World Economic Forum’s tourist competitiveness rankings for the past five years; the Swiss people are conversant in all three official languages - German, Italian, and French - thanks to centuries of shared culture. This multilingual makes Swiss tourism and hospitality graduates extremely employable in the largest luxury hotel chains, and open to international postings. The top 3 schools in the survey were Swiss: Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne; Glion Institute of Higher Education, Glion & Bulle; and Les Roches, International School of Hotel Management, Bluche. César Ritz Colleges Le Bouveret, Brig came in at 10th. Les Roches, for example, has branch campuses in Spain, China and Jordan to give students an all-around international experience.
With 83 million foreign tourist arrivals in 2012, France is the most popular tourist destination in the world. French cuisine, words, and culture have been exported successfully around the world, especially in the hospitality and retail industries. Luxury French-themed hotel chains include Le Meridien and Sofitel. One French management school that made the top 10 was Hotel School Vatel at 9th. While the Le Cordon Bleu school is best known for culinary excellence, it also offers hospitality and hotel management courses – and it has over 50 schools all over the world, from Kobe, Japan to Chicago, USA.
Britain has successfully adopted the French grandeur when it comes to hospitality. London is a hospitality package of its own, from the Ritz, Savoy, and Claridge’s smack in the middle of bustling tourist haven Oxford Street. Oxford Brookes University was ranked 7th in the world but it is only one of many hotel management educational institutions that are thought highly of by recruiters the world over, such as Surrey, Birmingham, Strathclyde, and Loughborough Universities.
United States of America
The USA is the second most popular tourist destination in the world after France, but tourists spend more here than anywhere else. In New York, the Plaza and the Waldorf Astoria hotels have become Big Apple institutions just as much as the Empire State Building. Los Angeles and Las Vegas both depend economically on tourist dollars, so its luxury hotels, tourist attractions and transportation providers often work together in the competitive sector. Ivy League member Cornell University came in 4th in the TNS report. Other schools of note include: Penn State, Georgia State University, University of Nevada, and Kendall College.
The United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) reported that in 2013, it was South East Asia that charted the largest increase in international tourists, at 10%. As more tourists look East-ward for new experiences where their dollars mean more, one country that has long carved a name in hospitality is Australia, and its prestigious Blue Mountain International Hotel Management School, Leura came in at 8th. As the single English-speaking country in the region, many travellers make Down Under their base. Australian schools have twinning programmes with Southeast Asian schools in Singapore, and Malaysia, and even branch campuses in Thailand.