According to both the World Tourism Organization (WTO), and the World Travel Tourism Council (WTTC), the travel and tourism industry is the largest industry and employer in the world. It is also the second largest industry in Arizona and one of the top three industries in most U.S. states as well as many other countries. Along with recreation and other leisure-oriented enterprises, there is significant employment potential for graduates. Worldwide there has been tremendous growth in the air transportation sector, resorts and hotels, meetings and conventions, special events, sports tourism, state and national park visitation, commercial attractions, business and corporate travel, and the gaming and casino sectors. The tourism and recreation industries are wide-spread with employment opportunities in most communities or regions whether urban or rural. Many communities world-wide utilize tourism and recreation as economic and community development strategies.
The online degree program in Tourism and Recreation Management prepares students for professional positions in a variety of settings in Arizona, nationally and abroad. Selecting one of four emphasis areas: tourism, recreation, events or sports, the curriculum prepares students for employment across a wide variety of occupations. These areas of emphasis allow graduates to contribute to community economic and social development and positively influence quality of life both domestically and abroad. Students are able to gain professional positions in various travel, tourism, recreation, sports and related fields. Depending on a student's interest, work can be sought in the public, nonprofit, or private/commercial sectors. Graduates find employment in such diverse settings as resorts, meeting planning, convention and visitor bureaus, tour operators, events, sports enterprises, and commercial recreation businesses.
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