Tourism and Hospitality Studies


Why pursue a degree in Tourism & Hospitality?

Tourism Vintage Posters

Tourism is the largest industry in the world, and our students are getting jobs--even in the present economy. The tourism, hospitality and leisure industries surpass trade in oil, steel, and armaments in total dollar value and in employment created. International tourist trips are expected to surpass the 1.6 billion by 2020. For an overview of the state of tourism worldwide click here.


Adriaen's Landing

Adriaen's Landing, Hartford, CT

A study released in 2006 by the Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism (CCT) reveals that arts, film, history and tourism account for more than $14 billion in economic activity and more than 170,000 jobs -- 10 percent of the state’s labor force -- annually in the state. Click here to read the study. According to a more recent study from the University ofConnecticut Center for Economic Analysis, the Connecticut tourism industry generates $11.5 billion for businesses annually and $1.2 billion in state and local taxes.

Connecticut is in the process of changing its image from a transit state between Boston and New York to a significant destination in its own right. The development of Foxwoods and the Mohegan Sun Casinos, which are two of the three largest casinos in the world, are an indication of this change.

Foxwoods Resort Casino
Mohegan Sun

As tourism increases in importance, tourism-related employment needs will also increase. Airline operations, hotels, car rental agencies, food services, tour operators, chambers of commerce, convention bureaus, corporations, and attractions are just a few examples of the types of agencies and organizations that will all be affected by the rising tide of tourists to Connecticut. Career opportunities in tourism abound as the industry strives to meet the needs of today's travelers. While employment in the traditional sectors (e.g., hotel/resorts, cruise lines, airline operations, food services, and theme parks) continues to grow, opportunities are also expanding in alternative--and increasingly significant--enterprises such as ecotourism, adventure, educational, and heritage tourism. These market niches have created an additional demand for skilled, management-level employees in both the private and public sector.

The nature of today's tourism industry means greater career opportunities for those qualified and ambitious individuals who are willing to commit the time and energy needed to excel in this exciting and growing field. THS @ CCSU is designed to prepare students for management level positions in this competitive field.