2014-2015 Student Catalog 
    Aug 08, 2022  
2014-2015 Student Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Tourism Management and Event Planning, AAS

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Contact Information

Program Requirements

Typical Program

Degree/Certificate:    Associate in Applied Science
HEGIS Code:            5011
SUNY Code:             2051
Major Code:            TMEP

The Career

The tourism industry in the Niagara Region continues to grow, and the demand for tourism professionals is increasing. This program is a collaborative effort between the business, hospitality and recreation curricula. Graduates may opt for self-employment or may obtain positions in many different settings including: hotels, country clubs, casinos, restaurants, cruise ships, airports and resorts. The hospitality industry has a strong demand for tourism professionals and for event planners, including design, decorative elements, non-profit and charity events, arrangements of festivals, fairs, parades and weddings. Those interested in event planning and tourism must have strong management skills to succeed in this labor-intensive service-driven business.

The NCCC Approach

The Tourism Management and Event Planning degree is a two-year academic program that includes six courses specific to operations in this field. The coursework will provide students with an overview of the industry as well as specific skills designed to meet the needs of employers. Students in this curriculum will take coursework that focuses on general business topics such as accounting, organization and management, and marketing. This will provide them with a full complement of the skills needed in the business of tourism management and event planning.

This program is designed to meet the needs of the student in taking the first steps toward a career in the tourism/event planning industry as well as those currently employed in the field who are seeking academic credentials to further enhance their career opportunities. The class sizes are small and personal attention to each student’s academic needs is addressed.


Students admitted in September and January.

Program Goals and Objectives

  • To provide students with the basic knowledge of the tourism industry that will prepare them for employment in independent hotels, cruise lines, casinos, and resorts
  • To assist students in completing five general education areas

Student Learning Outcomes

At the completion of this program, students will:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the travel and tourism industry
  • Explain and utilize marketing and branding techniques in the industry
  • Employ management principles in the tourism environment
  • Compare and contrast standard types of meetings, facilities, locations, and auxiliary services integral to event planning
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the basic principles of event design
  • Develop the accounting skills necessary for tourism and event planning
  • Analyze current trends in event operations and management
  • Apply the foundations of recreation to the tourism industry
  • Analyze the marketing mix and apply it to essential retailing techniques
  • Utilize business communication skills in the event planning and tourism arena
  • Operate computer systems necessary to the industry

Program Requirements (TMEP)

  1. A total of at least 62 credit hours with a minimum curriculum grade-point average of 2.0. Academic Foundations courses do not count towards the degree.
  2. Hospitality: A minimum of 18 credit hours to include:
    HOS 101 - Introduction to the Hospitality Industry 
    HOS 111 - Event Planning 
    HOS 131 - Introduction to the Tourism Industry 
    HOS 141 - Dining Room Etiquette 
    HOS 203 - Hotel Operations II 
    HOS 204 - Convention & Meetings Management 
  3. Business: A minimum of 15 credit hours to include:
    BUS 101 - Organization & Management  OR
    BUS 122 - Small Business Management 
    BUS 113 - Fundamentals of Marketing 
    BUS 115 - Principles of Retailing 
    ___  ___   Business  elective
    ___  ___   Business  elective
  4. Mathematics/Accounting: A minimum of 6 credit hours to include:
    ACC 116 - Financial Accounting 
    MAT ___    Mathematics elective, 3-4 credit hours to be chosen from   ,  ,  ,  ,   or  .
  5. Humanities: A minimum of 9 credit hours to include:
    ENG 101 - Writing I 
    ENG 102 - Writing II & Introduction to Literature 
    ___  ___    Liberal Arts  elective
  6. Social Science: A minimum of 3 credit hours to include:
    ECO 101 - Macroeconomics  OR
    ECO 102 - Microeconomics 
  7. Arts & Media Liberal Art:  A minimum of 3 credit hours selected through advisement. 
  8. Office Technology/Computer Elective: A minimum of 6 credit hours to include: 
    BUS 229 - Business Communications 
    ___  ___    Computer  elective
  9. Health/Physical Education: A minimum of 2 credit hours to include:
    ___  ___    Health/Physical Education  elective


Typical Program

First Semester

Total Credit Hours: 16

Total Credit Hours: 15

Third Semester

Total Credit Hours: 15

Fourth Semester

Total Credit Hours: 16

Scholarship Opportunities

All matriculated students in this curriculum are eligible for scholarships. See scholarship  area of this catalog for specific information and criteria, including the following:

J. Ward Reid Jr. Memorial Scholarship 

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