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Five reasons to study Hospitality, Leisure, Recreation & Tourism

For those considering a degree in Hospitality, Leisure, Recreation & Tourism but need further convincing, we lend our expertise. Here are five compelling reasons to study this subject area.

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1. Join a rapidly growing industry

Even with the economic crisis that has impacted many industries in recent years, hospitality and tourism are among the fastest-growing areas of employment in the world. Some sources estimate the global number of people employed in the industry stands at over 100 million.

2. Increasingly few skilled staff in the industry

Despite the huge growth in the Hospitality, Leisure, Recreation & Tourism industry, recent reports from several regions have highlighted the lack of skilled staff to fill the vacancies.

If employers are struggling to find individuals with the necessary skills and education to work in the sector, then what better way to impress them than with a relevant undergraduate qualification.

3. Opportunities to travel

The beauty of Hospitality, Leisure, Recreation & Tourism is that no matter where you are in the world, the industry has a place. Whether you choose to work in hotels, events, attractions or elsewhere in the sector, there are always jobs available to graduates.

Many university courses offer a year studying or working abroad, providing even more opportunities for you to see the world.

4. Transferable skills

Many courses in Hospitality, Leisure, Recreation & Tourism, particularly those with a specific focus on management, encapsulate the learning of business skills. This knowledge can be used in careers far beyond those related to the degree, especially given the degree's focus on service.

Service is increasingly important in global markets, so graduates from a highly service-oriented degree are set to have an immediate advantage over the competition.

5. Combining subjects

While it may not always come in the form of a joint honours course, degrees in Hospitality, Leisure, Recreation & Tourism will very often embrace a wide range of other subjects. Archaeology, history, art and sport are among the huge number of disciplines that can be taken alongside a degree in this field.

Covering multiple subjects in one degree will not only make it more interesting to study, but will also help you to broaden your knowledge and develop new skills.

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