Tourism, Hospitality and Event Management

Tourism, Hospitality and Event Management

Responsible for over 9.3% of the global GDP, travel and tourism is one of the most important industries in the world in terms of economic impact and growth potential.

There are over one billion global tourists annually, and e-commerce and globalization continue to create new destinations and new markets every day.

Study Online!

Did you know that a majority of the Tourism, Hospitality and Event Management program can be completed online?

  • Tourism, Hospitality and Event Management AAS (75% or more can be completed online)
  • Hospitality Management CERT (50% or more can be completed online)

Visit our Office of Online Learning for more information!

Why GCC?

While earning your degree in Tourism and Hospitality Management, you will have the opportunity to be involved in:

  • THM 118 - Event Planning Course
    Provides you with hands-on experience of planning and executing an event for over 1500 people
  • Travel Club
    Provides opportunities for you and other students to plan group trips and gain valuable travel experience
  • Walt Disney World College Program
    Offers internships with one of the most well-known and well-respected businesses in the world
  • AAA Apollo Training
    You'll have the opportunity to learn the Apollo Computer Reservation System from AAA agents right here on campus. This knowledge allows you to start careers with travel agencies, airlines or car rental agencies.

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities are worldwide and allow you to work amongst different people, societies and cultures. Many opportunities are available because 1 in 11 jobs are in the Tourism & Hospitality industry.

Transfer Opportunities

Starting at GCC saves many students and their families thousands of dollars in tuition. With an A.S. or A.A. degree you will be able to seamlessly transfer within the SUNY network of 64 college and universities as well as to many 4-year private institutions. GCC's A.S. and A.A. programs were developed as part of the SUNY seamless transfer initiative allowing students to complete the first two years of a bachelor's degree as a freshman and a sophomore at a community college, then seamlessly transfer to a SUNY four-year institution to earn a bachelor's degree. Please reference the SUNY Transfer Pathways for degree programs to learn about any campus specific requirements. Visit the SUNY Core Course Finder to plan out the courses you should complete to transfer to a 4-year SUNY School.

If you are planning to transfer to a 4-year private institution you should work with our Transfer Services office to learn about possible articulation agreements and pathways that exist for many or our degree programs. Some GCC A.A.S. programs also have transfer opportunities.

To learn more about these opportunities and agreements contact the Transfer Services Office, we are more than happy to work with you and answer any questions you may have on building your own personalized transfer plan.

Transfer opportunities include, but are not limited to:

  • Niagara University
  • Paul Smith College
  • RIT
  • SUNY College at Buffalo State*
  • SUNY College at Plattsburgh

*GCC has current transfer agreements with the above noted institutions.