Tourism is the largest and the fast emerging industry in the world today. It has become a significant industry in India, contributing around 5.9 per cent of the gross domestic product (GDP) and providing employment to about 41.8 million people. The state of Kerala is considered as one of the fastest growing tourism destinations in the world. Tourism activity in Kerala has found a niche for itself as an effective instrument for generating employment, earning revenue and foreign exchange, preserving environment, culture and tradition thereby facilitating overall development. It is a labour intensive sevice industry with many functional divisions like Airlines, Shipping and Cruiselines, Hotels, Travel agencies, tour operating companies, Resorts/ Spas, Theme parks, Car/Coach rental companies, Money changers, Hospitals (medical tourism) etc.
School of Tourism Studies generates skilled personnel with a broad range of applied, technical, interpersonal, analytical and communication skills in tourism leadership. The School focuses on four major areas – Tourism Studies, Hospitality Management, Cultural studies and Foreign Languages.
ABOUT THE SCHOOL
The School of Tourism Studies, a regular statutory department of Mahatma Gandhi University, established in 2009 is envisaged as a Centre of Higher Learning in the fast growing areas of Tourism and Hospitality. The school is conceived as an umbrella organization for all Tourism and Hospitality Management courses.
Developing skilled human resources through training and research for the sustainable development of Tourism industry.
To generate quality manpower for leading the tourism and allied industries.
To disseminate sustainable tourism values to the industry and the society.
To undertake applied research, extension and consultancy services aimed at the enhancement of the tourism industry.
School of Tourism Studies is constantly trying to excel well in the operation of the following academic elements which is the key to successful human resource development in Tourism and Hospitality.
Infrastructure and facilities
International Academic Collaboration
Study Tours/ Familiarization trips
School of Tourism Studies intends to offer the following academic programmes in the next phase.
Duration: five years- 10 semesters
Duration – 1 year (2 semesters)
THE SPIRIT OF MASTER OF TOURISM MANAGEMENT PROGRAMME:
Tourism studies involve the following: