CSO figures provide further evidence that tourism continues to prosper and provide significant benefits to the economy in terms of revenue and jobs
A two-year course which will prepare students for a career in tourism is taking applications for a September 2018 start.
The two-year Higher Cert in Business in Tourism is one of three courses Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) has added to the CAO’s Available Places list for September 2018 entry.
Both existing CAO applicants and people who haven’t applied to the CAO can apply for courses listed under available places.
Tourism offers strong career prospects – last month, welcoming the CSO latest figures that Ireland had 4.9m overseas visitors from January to June, Fáilte Ireland’s Chief Executive Paul Kelly had commented that the figures “provide further evidence that tourism continues to prosper and provide significant benefits to the economy in terms of revenue and jobs.”
Dr Derek O’Byrne, Registrar and Vice President for Academic Affairs at WIT said: “The increase in tourists to Ireland and high amount of job vacancies in the sector is a strong indicator of the demand for skilled and qualified tourism graduates.”
Graduates of the Higher Certificate in Business in Tourism with suitable post-qualification experience may reasonably expect to work as: travel advisers and agents; ground crew and reservations personnel in the aviation industry; tourist information officers; tour representatives; guides in visitor attractions; customer relations and administrative personnel in a variety of tourism-related organisations.
One of the features of the Higher Certificate in Business in Tourism is work placement next summer. Some students may also be interested in going on to complete the BA (Hons) in Tourism Marketing.
“A late change of heart on what course they want to do or where they want to study can result in people turning to the opportunities offered by Available Places,” explains Dr O’Byrne. Dr O’Byrne’s advice to interested applicants is to read carefully through the course description to ensure it’s a course they will be happy to study and an area they want to work in.
Prospective students can find out more at http://www.wit.ie/availableplaces. Students who have accepted an offer to WIT can find out all about what to expect as first year students at the website http://start.wit.ie.