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Tourism, Hospitality and Events Management

The tourism, hospitality and events industries are amongst the fastest growing and most diversified economic sectors in the world. They account for around US$1.4 trillion in export earnings and 1 in 11 jobs worldwide. According to hospitality training and recruitment firm People 1st, the industry will need to fill 330,000 new jobs by 2020 in the UK alone and as many as 23 million worldwide. There has never been a better time to study an exciting, challenging industry which can provide a fun and rewarding career.

About Tourism and Hospitality Management

If you want to learn the intricacies of strategic management thinking and study the important economic, business and political trends in tourism and hospitality, UEL’s Tourism and Hospitality Management courses are definitely for you. If you have a desire to make a career in companies that put customers first, and you’re eager to study the important elements of this vibrant industry, our courses combine academically- grounded knowledge with the necessary management skills you need. You will gain the experiences that will help you become a leader who will shape the future of the tourism and hospitality industries.

You will develop your knowledge and skills in a diverse range of subjects including tourism and innovation, cultural and heritage tourism, sustainable tourism and destination planning. The concepts of city branding, marketing and experience management are explored, enabling you to develop an in-depth holistic understanding of the inter-related and global nature of these industries. The courses will develop your ability to think creatively as well as equip you with the strategic leadership and problem-solving skills and confidence to manage and excel in the global tourism and hospitality industries. 

Why study with us?

Expert staff

Our Tourism and Hospitality Management courses are taught by academics with extensive experience of both the UK and international tourism and hospitality industries. They also have a strong track record of academic research and collaboration with a wide spectrum of tourism industry specialists, policy makers and consultants.

We have an international team here at UEL. Speaking over 6 languages, our academics have carried out research in many areas of the tourism, cultural and hospitality industries in the UK and worldwide, including in emerging and politically fragile destinations.

Trends brought into the Classroom

You’ll learn about the latest strategic issues and trends affecting tourism and hospitality such as corporate social responsibility, sustainability, entrepreneurship and innovation. You will be encouraged to develop a critical understanding of the wider economic and political characteristics of the global tourism industries.

Our courses have an in-built flexibility, so if you choose Tourism or Hospitality Management you will study a common first year, enabling you to discover your strengths and interests and specialize later.


Our campus is on the doorstep of leading tourism sights such as the 2012 Olympic Park, the Excel Exhibition Centre (host venue for the annual World Travel Market), as well as the trendy Shoreditch/Brick Lane neighbourhoods and the many historic sites and attractions of central London.

"Volunteering for Chigwell Tours at the World Travel Market was a great experience. It gave me the opportunity to better understand how outbound and inbound tourism works and to be an active part of the trading between a tour operator and other tourism organisations. I definitely recommend the experience to everyone for next year."
Alessandro Lombardi BA (Hons) ,  Tourism Management 1st year student
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What we're researching

Management is an evolving field and UEL academics are leading projects that keep up to date with the latest trends and take their subjects in fresh directions. As a new student, you can be confident of learning from people with enthusiasm and expertise at the forefront of their profession and developing valuable industry knowledge and leadership and management skills.

Reader in International Tourism Dr Raoul Bianchi has conducted a number of research projects in areas such as tourism development and sustainable tourism planning. He also has interests in tourism entrepreneurship and labour relations.

Henrik Linden, Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader for Tourism Management, has recently completed his PhD in Culture, Media and Creative Industries from King’s College London and is working on a book on Fan Cultures, Tourism and Consumerism.