• Cyril McAree

‘Tourism & Hospitality Opportunities – Time to consider a career in sector’

Without a doubt, the Tourism & Hospitality Sector has been heavily impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. It is wise to remember that this industry was one of the first to emerge from the last recession and was an essential driver of the overall economy. The industry is Ireland’s largest indigenous sector and represents over 11% of total employment in the country. The Government have placed it at the centre of their national economic plan.

Students and their parents should consider the merits of this sector as college courses are considered. The hotel and tourism field offers a lot of variety and students can specialize in areas such as operations, food & beverage, revenue management, events, human resources, and sales – just to name a few areas in this diverse industry! Cork and the surrounding area has much growth planned in the sector, with a number of new hotels being built in the City, along with the 6,000 seat Cork Convention Centre, which will be able to host large-scale conferences, conventions and concerts.

A key to servicing these quality venues is the team behind them, and CIT – through its Department of Tourism & Hospitality – offers courses which have led to graduates taking up senior positions with hotels, restaurants, bars and visitor attractions all over the world, as well as at home and indeed in the Cork region.

For those with a passion for hospitality, food and travel, courses are available on both a full-time and part-time basis in areas such as Tourism Management, Hospitality Management, Beverage Industry Management and Culinary Arts.  Apprenticeship opportunities are also available for those who want to combine part-time work and their studies. Now is the time to choose a career which will be at the forefront of the country’s recovery.

For further information on our courses log onto www.cit.ie/th and for information on the exciting opportunities available in the wider tourism and hospitality sector visit www.tourismcareers.ie

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