Oct 13, 2017 | ellen3 |
Full vs. Diploma Tourism Courses When two Singapore casino opened up for the first time in 2010, tourism revenues soared 49% and tourist influx increased by 20%. And it has never looked back since. It continued to develop by an average of 6% annually since 2014. By 2016, the industry has consistently attracted international tourists 3 to 5 times larger than the country's total population. Today, Singapore's tourism industry is a whopping 24 billion industry employing approximately 15 million people. Expectedly, the continuous growth of the tourism has also boosted job opportunities in in the industry which in turn have resulted to increased number of institutions offering and students taking courses on tourism and hospitality management. In Singapore, the choice is typically limited to a full baccalaureate degree program or short tourism courses and hospitality management courses. In a nutshell, a formal degree in tourism in Singapore is usually a Bachelor of Science in Tourism Management. It is formal degree given and earned in a university or tertiary level formal educational institution. A full tourism degree program in Singapore is usually a four-year course that requires completion of at least 40 units to get a diploma in tourism. This total units is a combination of core and major courses in tourism, electives in related fields like accounting, management and general education courses in math, science, language, social science and humanities. In addition, tourism degrees also develop competencies and aptitude in tour and events, financial or budget management skills, strategic planning and program implementation, while enhancing students' problem-solving, decision-making and leadership skills in addressing other pertinent issues in the tourism and hospitality sector including maintaining service tourism excellence standards, evaluating locations risk, environmental issues, cultural preservation, carrying capacities and economic cost-benefit. This option for a full 4-year course is best ideal for people who want to pursue long-term career in to tourism industry and is not the best option for those looking for quick employment or promotion opportunities, additional advanced training, or a change in career. Since it is a formal degree, full tourism courses in Singapore is locally, regionally and internationally acknowledged. The other option is tourism diploma courses or diploma in hospitality management which have significantly shorter curricula compared to full tourism courses which is why diploma in hospitality is often considered informal although they often attract more enrollees. Some institutions require full bachelor's degree in tourism or related fields before a student is allowed to enroll in a diploma in hospitality management. In other cases, any foundation degree will do but students without necessary tourism and hospitality foundations are required to take additional courses on top of what is prescribed in the curriculum. The curricula of hospitality management or tourism diploma courses in Singapore include management trainings, staff appraisal and evaluation, staff management including handling of dismissals and resignations, developing and implementing effective business strategies, conducting situational analysis, compliance with legal requirements, developing and implementing budget plans, service operations management, travel operations management, front office or guest services operations management, housekeeping operations management, loss prevention strategies, service excellence training, customer satisfaction and handling meeting, convention and other events. Tourism diploma and hospitality management courses in Singapore usually take 2 years to finish. Since syllabus and structure of tourism and diploma courses in Singapore are approved and certified by Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA) in compliance with global standards, a tourism or hospitality management diploma is also locally, regionally, and internationally recognized and therefore provide similar employment opportunities within Singapore tourism's industry as well as abroad.
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