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Studying Hospitality and Tourism Management

If you see yourself managing a hotel, resort (or even a castle-hotel!), then studying for a degree in hospitality and tourism management might be just the course for you.

Far from being a fluff degree, pursuing a degree in hospitality and tourism will equip you with skills in management, logistics, finance and accounting, marketing and communications and cultural awareness. You will learn to manage a hotel, resort or a similar place of leisure and hospitality. As this is quite a broad subject, you will be able to specialise in either hotel, resort, events management and/or a combination of these and pickup hospitality specific skills and technical know-how in addition to time management, communication and organisation skills.

Most courses require you complete an internship, a work placement or a project. This is a great chance to gain relevant work experience and build a professional network in the Netherlands.

Some of the most popular universities in the Netherlands include:

  • University of Twente
  • Radboud University, Nijmegen
  • Fontys University of Applied Sciences, Eindhoven
  • Maastricht School of Management
  • Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences
  • CEG (affiliated to University of Amsterdam and Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences)

Salary and Career Prospects

Hospitality and tourism management graduates find work in restaurants, hotels, spas, cruise ships, tourism boards, resorts and exhibition centres.

Some of the roles they take up are Revenue Manager, Sales Manager, General Manager, Customer Care Specialist, Food and Beverage Manager and Duty Manager.

Salaries vary based on job role, industry, experience, qualifications, skills and location. As a guide, hospitality and tourism management professionals earn around €32,000 a year (26 lakhs INR).

Why study in the Netherlands?

The Netherlands is fast establishing itself as a popular destination for international students. Its universities are among the most prestigious in the world, with 12 ranking in top 250 in QS World Rankings 2019.

The Netherlands or Holland, as it’s also known, is among the world’s most developed and industrialised countries. It has spawned conglomerates like Shell, ING Group, Unilever and Phillips. In addition to these, several tech, banking and financial services giants like Cisco, Tesla, HSBC and Microsoft operate out of here.

Amsterdam, the capital, is among the world’s biggest and most beautiful cities. Running along its pretty canals are spectacular museums and art galleries, grand hotels, cafes and restaurants, luxury retail stores and entertainment venues.

The country is a popular tourist destination, with millions of tourists drawn to its tulip gardens, historic cities, beautiful palaces and scenic countryside views complete with windmills.

Dutch is the national language, although most people living in big cities can speak fluent English.

International graduates are able to apply for a post-study work permit lasting one year.

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