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Associate Degree in Tourism and Hospitality: Event Planning and Meeting

Majors Overview June 16, 2013

Associate of Technical Arts (A.T.A.) and Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) programs in tourism and hospitality sometimes offer a specialization in event and meeting management. In addition to covering practical management and planning skills, programs discuss topics in event evaluation, business administration, and research. These degree programs rarely have prerequisites beyond holding a general educational development (GED) certificate or a high school diploma.

Program Course Topics

The classes offered in tourism and hospitality associate degree programs provide training in the practical and theoretical aspects of operating restaurants, coordinating events, and other services. Program course topics may include the following:

•Wedding planning
•Convention planning
•Non-profit event organization
•Hospitality operations
•Food service budgeting

Career Options

Most graduates who have earned their associate degree in tourism and hospitality specialize in planning specific type of event, such as trade shows or weddings, while others are more generalized in their practice. Associate degree program graduates may pursue the following positions:

•Travel agent
•Non-profit organization fundraising event organizer
•Business conference planner

Information on Continuing Education

People with background in event planning and meeting should consider pursuing continued education in hospitality management. Bachelor and master degree programs in hospitality management will teach students the ideas and skills behind operating restaurants, resorts, hotels, and travel agencies.

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