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From inbound to international, travel and tourism is the largest industry in the world, serving millions of corporate and leisure visitors each year. As the industry has grown and demand for exotic and lesser-known destinations has expanded so has the need for traditional travel agents increased. To keep up with the latest trends in the travel and tourism industry, MSU Denver offers formal training and hands-on learning through its Travel and Tourism Management bachelor’s degree program.

MSU Denver’s undergraduate degree program in Travel and Tourism Management is the first standalone bachelor’s degree program in Denver, Colorado, and the U.S., to focus on leisure tourism and corporate travel. Gain industry experience and access to opportunities that will help you develop the advanced skills you need to enter the workforce or pursue graduate education in travel and tourism or a related field.


Program Options


As a Travel and Tourism Management major, you will choose from two concentrations: Leisure Tourism or Corporate Travel.

Other opportunities in Travel and Tourism Management include the following:


Benefits of Earning Your Degree at MSU Denver


Join experts and industry leaders in Travel and Tourism at the annual Governor’s Colorado Tourism Conference. Hosted by a different city in Colorado each year, the conference explores avenues to build upon past successes and discuss future directions for travel and tourism in Colorado. A few full scholarships for MSU Denver Travel and Tourism Management students to attend the conference are awarded each year by the Colorado Tourism Office.

Give back to the Colorado community while learning sustainable tourism practices. Twice a year, students led by Travel and Tourism Management Professor Helle Sorensen participate in the Globus Gives Back Event to do ecological restoration work and trail maintenance in Jefferson County. 

Earn your degree from MSU Denver and kick-start your travel and tourism career in one of the most vibrant, diverse campuses and cities in the country. Travel and tourism is the second-largest employer in Colorado. Offered in the heart of the city’s travel and tourism industry, MSU Denver’s Travel and Tourism Management undergraduate degree program combines multicultural education with savvy business skills for career success.


Career Opportunities for Our Graduates


four images: a couple sitting at a lake in the mountains, a guy sight seeing, someone holding a small globe in their hand, a woman looking out her plane window.

Travel and tourism professionals are in high demand. With a bachelor’s degree in Travel and Tourism Management, your experience and skills will help distinguish you in the job market and open up opportunities for leadership roles in a variety of settings, from airlines and cruise lines to travel agencies and tourist information centers. These are some examples of jobs for MSU Denver Travel and Tourism Management graduates: 

  • Resort activities director
  • Flight attendant
  • Travel agent
  • Destination marketing manager
  • Tour manager
  • Tourism officer 

Learn more about HTE career opportunities.


Faculty


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A citizen of Denmark, Professor Helle Sorensen specializes in sustainable tourism and leads Travel and Tourism Management students in study abroad and remote travel. Sorensen is also a Wilderness First Responder; this is the standard certification for wilderness guides, trip leaders, outdoor educators and tourism personnel in remote areas.

 

 

Read more about MSU Denver Travel and Tourism Management faculty.


Sample Classes


Governors Tourism Conference

Plan logistics for a leisure or corporate trip. Organize a narrated walking tour. Play the role of customer. In the Travel and Tourism Management bachelor’s degree program at MSU Denver, you will apply theories and techniques to real-world settings in classes such as these:

Adventure Travel
Corporate Travel
Cruise Tourism
Ecotourism
Global Tourism
Inbound Tourism
Itinerary Design
Sustainable Tourism
Travel Technology

Facilities and Resources


Featuring a Tourism Lab, the Hotel and Hospitality Learning Center combines classrooms and teaching labs with a commercial hotel and conference facility — SpringHill Suites by Marriott. A LEED Gold-certified building, the center is the only facility of its kind in Colorado and one of just 11 in the nation. In the Tourism Lab, Travel and Tourism majors reference a floor-to-ceiling world map and gain hands-on experience with the United Airlines Apollo reservation system, a simulation computer program.