BA International Tourism and Hospitality Management / Hospitality Management

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The Hospitality Industry

A multi-billion dollar industry, hospitality employs nearly 9.5 million people in the U.S. alone. Faced with major impacts to the industry – a retiring baby boomer demographic (with the means and potential to travel) and a shrinking workforce – the potential for jobs in the hospitality industry is vast.

A degree specialization in hospitality management can open the door for career opportunities in hotels, restaurants, theme parks, attractions, night clubs, food service facilities, private clubs, and cruise ships. With hospitality entities worldwide, the opportunities are endless. A career in hospitality can provide highly competitive wages in a fun and exciting environment.

Why choose a specialization in Hospitality Management?

Framed by the Atlantic Ocean and Orlando on one side and the Gulf of Mexico and Tampa Bay on the other, Saint Leo University is ideally situated for the study of hospitality management. Just one hour outside of the world’s most popular destination, Orlando, students have access to the world’s leading theme parks and hotels. Steeped in tradition, since 1889, this beautiful campus is the perfect learning environment.

Central Florida’s hospitality industry is based on world-class attractions that range from theme parks and beaches to year-round sunny weather and a diverse cultural heritage. Its vast array of hospitality companies includes both well-known corporate brands and outstanding local establishments. All this is connected to the rest of the world via superb transportation systems and promotional organizations.

Some amazing classes you can take

  • Introduction to Hospitality Management
  • Guest Services Management
  • Restaurant Management
  • Lodging Operations
  • Meetings and Event Management
  • Resort and Private Club Management

Professional Development Opportunities

  • Internships: Under the mentorship of hospitality industry professionals, the 6-12 credit hour internship is performed in companies and organizations located anywhere in the world that facilitates a student’s career goals. Our students have performed internships in host agencies such as Walt Disney World Resort, Sea World Parks, Busch Gardens, InterContinental Hotels Group, Disney-MGM Studios, Saddlebrook Resort & Spa, The Grand Caymanian Resort, Ritz-Carlton Resorts, Four Seasons Resorts, Residence Inn by Marriott, and Embassy Suites.
  • Conferences: Attend hospitality-related trade shows and conferences, such as the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Show, the International Hotel, Motel + Restaurant Show, or Florida Tourism Day in Tallahassee, to name a few.
  • Networking: Network with the program’s Industry Liaison Council (ILC), an advisory board of prominent senior executives representing all sectors of the hospitality industry. The ILC meets each fall and spring to interact with students and faculty and to report on a variety of action items that impact our program. ILC members also host field trips, provide internship placements, serve as Professor-For-A-Day, and provide valuable industry connections.
  • Co-curricular activities: Become an active member of the National Society of Minorities in Hospitality (NSMH), the premier professional organization for hospitality students. NSMH is a student-run association, providing events and programs that bring together college-level students with company sponsors, industry representatives, other hospitality organizations, advisors and mentors, and hospitality high school students.

What can you do with a degree specialization in Hospitality Management?

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

  • Hotel Manager
  • Resort Manager
  • Restaurant Manager
  • Casino Manager
  • Private Club Manager
  • Event Planner
  • Theme Park Marketer

Where are Saint Leo grads now?

  • Busch Gardens
  • Hyatt Regency, Trinidad
  • Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki
  • Disney Cruise Lines
  • BCD Meetings & Incentives
  • Walt Disney World Resorts
  • Saddlebrook Resort & Spa
  • The Reef Resort, Grand Cayman

Student Resources

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