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Travel and Tourism Management

The hospitality industry offers a serious career path for individuals with meticulous attention to detail and a focus on customer service who want to put their mark on the guest experience.

A PTC degree in Hospitality Management will train you for a number of positions in the hospitality industry. Career paths include careers in hotels and resorts, convention services, casinos, travel services, real estate development projects, and restaurants.

Key Benefits

  • At PTC you can select from two key Hospitality Programs that can prepare you for a number of careers in the industry.

  • You will learn from faculty who have worked in the industry and will share real world experiences.

  • PTC Hospitality students research, plan and visit a tourist destination where you will get behind the scenes experience at interesting travel sites.

  • Students prepare a Travelogue presentation showing highlights from their familiarization trips.

  • PTC has an extensive staff of career services professionals to assist you in starting your career in the hospitality industry.

More information about Travel and Tourism Management below

PTC is proud to have a 90% employed in field rate for our 2013 graduates with a Degree in Travel and Tourism.

PTC Travel and Tourism Management graduates are prepared for entry-level positions at:

  • Hotels
  • Restaurants
  • Travel Agencies
  • Airlines
  • Food & Beverage Companies
  • Property Management Companies
  • Uniform Service Companies
  • Resorts
  • Country Clubs
  • Hospitals
  • Community Health Centers

In the PTC Travel and Tourism Program you will learn key skills such as:

  • Using the SABRE reservation system
  • Cooking accommodations and rentals
  • Marketing
  • Sales and customer service
  • Planning and organizing special events
  • Decision making and problem solving
  • Guest registration and check – out procedures
  • Scheduling
  • Team work skills
  • Emergency planning
  • Automated office procedures
  • Destination Geography
  • Computerized Reservations
  • Security and loss prevention management
  • Rail and Motor Coach Reservations
  • Resort Management
  • Request for Proposal
  • Tour Operations
  • Hospitality Accounting
  • Cash Handling
  • Travel and Tourism Management Students learn the SABRE and Advanced SABRE Systems

PTC is an academic partner with the National Restaurant Association and the Educational Institute of the American Hotel & Lodging Association (EI)


Introduction to Business
This course provides a thorough survey of major business functions, focusing on modern business procedures. Topics include international business, economics, management, marketing, accounting, social responsibility and ethics, innovation, and entrepreneurship.
Introduction to the Hospitality
This course prepares the students for careers in the hotel, restaurant, travel and tourism fields. Students will gain insight into each of the specific areas as well explore challenges facing the industry.
Hospitality Supervision
This course focuses on managing people from the hospitality supervisor's viewpoint. It includes techniques for increasing productivity and controlling labor costs, time management, and managing change. It also stresses effective communication and charts key responsibilities of a supervisor in a lodging or food service operation. Students refine strategies designed to motivate employees and resolve conflicts with staff, guests, and suppliers.
Introduction to Reservations
This course provides instruction, demonstration and hands-on application using the simulated SABRE global distribution system. Students will gain an understanding on how to create and modify passenger name records, reserving airline reservations. Topic discussed include the five mandatory fields and pricing domestic itineraries.
Meeting and Event Planning
This course is designed to be a resource and learning tool for today's beginning meeting and event planning professionals. It will define the scope of the MICE industry, while describing marketing and sales strategies to attract markets with specific needs. Students will design a proposal for a given scenario as well as participate in various school functions and volunteer opportunities in the community.
This course introduces the basic travel concepts required for a student to work in the travel industry. Emphasis is placed on the proper usage of industry reference materials, travel geography, and tourist destinations in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Central America, and South America.
Dynamics of Tourism
The primary objectives are to prepare travel and tourism students for a career selling travel and to provide students with a variety of opinions regarding current trends in the tourism industry. Upon completion of this course students should have a basic understanding of the skills needed to be successful as a travel professional.
Global Distribution Systems 1
This course is a continuation of HMA137 Introduction to Reservation. Students will continue to create and modify passenger name records using OSI and SSR messages. Topics discussed include itinerary pricing using qualifiers and fare quotes/rules. Prerequisite: HMA137.
Global Distribution Systems 2
This course is a continuation of TTA116 Global Distribution Systems 1. Students will create and modify car, hotel and international airline reservations. Topics also will include seat assignments and queues. Prerequisites: HMA137 and TTA116.
Marketing and Selling the Travel Product
The purpose of this course is to provide participants with the insights and skills necessary to develop a marketing plan that focuses on a new or improved idea for a travel and tourism product. Topics include product research and development, as well as identifying a target market.
Tourism and the Corporate Environment
This course examines current trends in the corporate travel industry. Study includes corporate travel departments, travel agencies, and the business travelers. Emphasis is placed on the steps taken by a corporate travel agency to acquire commercial business and the services that must be provided to the corporate client.
International Travel
This course focuses on international travel patterns, economic trends, and the growth of tourism worldwide. Topics include geography, attractions, and current trends in Europe, Africa, and Asia. Students explore customs, currency, and international protocol.
Travelogue Presentation
This course covers the skills and materials learned in the core classes of the Hospitality Management Program and the familiarization trip that the students planned and attended. The focus is on project management through presentation skills, budgets, time management, and meeting deadlines. As the final project, the students will present a travelogue to a live audience.


Financial Accounting 1
This course introduces the basic principles and procedures of accounting. Emphasis is placed on analyzing business transactions, cataloging, journal entries, posting to the general ledger, and preparing financial statements (income statement, owner's equity statement, and balance sheet).
Computer Applications
This course provides the student with an introduction to multiple office-based applications. The student will use the knowledge gained in this course as a foundation for implementing and developing projects in various applications including spreadsheets, word processing, presentation software, and the PTC network.
Spreadsheet Applications
This course guides students with little spreadsheet experience and enables them to become knowledgeable, confident spreadsheet designers and users. The course utilizes hands-on examples, tutorials, and reinforcement to develop spreadsheet design in a wide variety of disciplines, including marketing, accounting, finance, and operations.
Steps to Career Success 1
The purpose of this course is to acclimate students to the available resources to maintain their focus on achieving career goals. The course is scheduled for all students in the 1st quarter, one hour per week.
Steps to Career Success 2
The purpose of this course is to develop an understanding of the nuances of the business and hospitality industries. Topics will include industry related organizations, social networking, employer expectations and other professional skills.
Steps to Career Success 3
The purpose of this course is to apply professional skills and to become actively involved in business and/or hospitality industry related activities.
Career Development
The focus of this course is on preparing students for the upcoming job search process. They will produce a series of critical job search documents, including a resume, reference page, cover letter and thank you letter. These documents are applied to job search activities that give students the opportunity to hone their interview skills, research potential employers, complete an online job application, and experience a mock interview scenario.
The Internship is a cooperative effort between the Institute and the professional community. It is designed to provide the students with an opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills learned in their major in a related working environment. This internship requires 240 hours work experience.


**This course can be replaced by another approved General Education course.

English Composition 1
This writing course focuses on the writing of descriptive narrative, cause and effect, and process essays from the initial stage of prewriting to final revisions and editing. Topics included are purpose, audience, development, focus and organization, as well as word usage and sentence structure. Elements of grammar, spelling, and punctuation are reviewed. Assigned readings are part of class discussion and writing assignments. Prerequisite: Satisfactory performance on the writing proficiency exam; otherwise, students must have concurrent success with GEE099 and GEE100 before proceeding on to GEE150.
English Composition 2
This writing course is a continuation of the fundamentals introduced in GEE100 English Composition 1. Library and electronic research techniques and guidelines are thoroughly covered. Advanced persuasive writing and research-based persuasion are emphasized using citations and works cited according to MLA guidelines. Analytical and critical thinking skills are developed through students' evaluation of their own writing and assigned readings. Prerequisite: Satisfactory performance on the writing proficiency exam or GEE100.
Effective Speech
This course focuses on the various dimensions of effective speaking with emphasis on audience analysis, reasoning, organization, evidence, and delivery. Throughout the course, the student is acquainted with the various types of speeches and their effectiveness through critical and analytical reading, individualized and group exercises and projects, and class discussions. Students deliver a variety of speeches, including informative and persuasive speeches.
Principles of Mathematics
This general studies course involves a review of the principles of mathematics. Topics to be discussed include whole numbers, fractions, decimals, percentages, ratios, measurement (both English and Metric systems), and an introduction to Algebra. For programs that require additional mathematics classes, students must earn a 'C' or better grade in this course to advance to the next required math course.
This course introduces the student to basic psychological principles. Topics include neuroscience and behavior, states of consciousness, learning, development, personality, health psychology, psychological disorders, and social psychology.
Critical Thinking
In today's information age, critical thinking skills are vital for success. This course utilizes case studies to teach reasoning, analysis, and evaluation skills in everyday situations. Students learn the importance and benefits of critical and creative thinking, work through steps to understand, analyze, and evaluate specifics of argument and persuasion, and practice solving problems using critical thinking skills.
Cultural Diversity
This course encourages understanding and appreciation among people of divergent backgrounds, cultures, and nationalities. Topics covered include technological changes, travel, political systems, immigration, and religious beliefs that have created a world in which people from different cultures increasingly interact. The course will explore similarities and differences through different media such as movies, documentaries, magazine articles, and more.
Leadership Principles**
Students will understand the concepts of leadership and supervisory roles, planning, decision-making, performance management, strategic management, team building, group and organizational dynamics, and functions in an organization. This class teaches how to be an effective leader in a dynamic, diverse, and continuously evolving business environment. Concepts of goal-setting, motivation, time management, and other interpersonal skills are taught. Students will become familiar with successful leadership practices through case studies and research practices.

PTC offers a comprehensive Career Services Department with a dedicated staff who will assist you in your career search. Companies that have previously hired PTC graduates include:

  • Walt Disney World
  • Hyatt Regency
  • Marriott
  • Red Roof Inn
  • Residence Inn
  • Treesdale Golf & Country Club
  • MainStay Suites
  • Iron Bridge
  • Holiday Inn
  • Eat'n Park Hospitality Group
  • Hampton Inn
  • Some employers may require a background check and drug screening prior to employment.

For graduation rates and other important consumer information regarding this program, please click on the link below:

United States Department of Education Gainful Employment Data

PTC can help launch your career with a hands-on, personal approach
and a wide range of advantages over traditional institutions.