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College-University The tourism industry, over the last century (and especially over the last three decades) has increased in mass and economic prowess to unprecedented levels. Entire nations base their overall economic and trade inflow (and predictions related to GDP and balance of trade) upon revenue gained through tourism. Indeed many nations and entire continents (famous vacation destinations like the far-east, the Maldives, southern and central Europe, south Americas and the Indies etc), regard tourism (both direct and indirect) as their major economic ‘produce’. The hospitality and tourism industry is one which is always doing well, owing to the simple fact that in today’s hectic and confined lifestyle, people need more than ever, to get away and relax every once in a while, whether for a weekend at the lake or a month in Greece or Tahiti. Despite the economic slump, people are still always looking for vacation packages and locations all around the world; and with new tourist destinations springing up (or rather, tourism spots are being actively prepared by tourism ministries all over the world as a means to beat the recession), there is an increasingly high requirement for people to work in the hospitality industry. This fact, coupled with the inexpensive- and easy to reach- online tourism and online hospitality courses, makes it all the easier to become a part port of this industry. The industry has become so large that there are several highly specialized and highly complicated educational programs found both in the traditional class room and online; that focus on one or more of the aspects related to hospitality and tourism. Some of the major types of organizations and business areas considered a part of the industry are; 1- Hotels, hotel chains, resorts, spas and restaurants 2- Airlines, cruise lines and tour operators 3- Government tourism commissions and regional tourism associations 4- Tourist attractions companies and event management/ special event companies 5- Accounting, management and marketing related areas 6- Performance arts and specialized operators/ sport instructors (such as tennis coaches, golf pros, cooks, musicians, fishing pros, natural-conservation experts, site tour runners etc) Tourism and hospitality education – Online hospitality and Tourism Management Pay scales in the hospitality and tourism industry are high and the work is fun, motivating and can lead to amazing career prospects. The need to manage such a massive industry and its complicated inter-related workings (many sectors within hospitality are heavily interlinked) requires educated individuals who are not only sound as far as professional capability is concerned but are proactive and creative as well. A lot of jobs in this industry are also part time and/ or seasonal and are easy to fit into the demanding schedules of students and professionals alike (examples; resorts and cruise ships etc). Many jobs in hospitality do not require highly advanced training or education, as it is a very fluid industry, however a long term career in hospitality and tourism generally requires an associate degree or higher (or alternatively, a lot of experience). An online education is tourism and hospitality can be achieved without having to travel to and lodge in expensive schools all over the globe. Many courses are available throughout the year, from online hospitality management bachelors and masters degrees to online cooking courses and online kitchen management courses. In order to provide this in-demand education, many excellent traditional schools offer online hospitality courses the year round. Hospitality and Tourism Management (HTM) higher education The following online undergraduate and online graduate programs are commonly available throughout Europe and the Americas. Entry requirements vary from school to school; however, pervious education in this specific field is not mandatory, especially at the undergraduate level and most graduate level courses. HTM-Undergraduate courses (Bachelors of Science, Bachelors of Art or Bachelors of Commerce) and HTM-Graduate courses (Masters of Business Administration, Masters or Science, or a Doctorate of Philosophy in Hospitality and Tourism Management) are available in the following areas of study: 1- Event Management, Entertainment Management and Tourist Attractions Management. 2- Global Tourism and Sustainable Tourism as well as Lodging Operations (hotel management) and Food & beverages Management and Operations. Additionally, several online hospitality schools and large hospitality organizations (Hyatt, Hilton etc) as well as government agencies offer students of hospitality and tourism management seasonal/ summer internship programs in order to gauge prospective placement candidates and to give students valuable hands-on experience. The writer wished to acknowledge useful information from the following sources; 1- United States Department of Labor: Bureau of Labor Statistics. 2- Wikipedia. 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