In recent decades tourism has experienced extraordinary growth and is now one of the largest and fastest-growing sectors in the world economy. According to the United Nations World Tourism Organisation, in 2016 tourism was responsible for approximately 10% of world gross domestic product and about 11% of employment and this is forecast to grow at 3.3% a year for the long term. Tourism has become a critical source of export income in many countries and regions and, accordingly, it has assumed economic and political importance.
Private sector tourism organisations operating in the tourism space include hotel groups, cruise operators, airlines, major venues, and event management companies. Public sector organisations include regional tourism organisations, national, state and local government. These organisations employ specialists with skills in marketing, project and event management, accounting, finance, human resources, logistics, and data analytics.
In a rapidly changing employment landscape tourism provides a long-term future where the human qualities of creativity, problem-solving and interpersonal communications are valued.
The Tourism Management Major provides a good understanding of the industry and the employment opportunities providing a springboard into employment in this exciting sector.