Student Info & Guide

Hospitality and Tourism

by on December 15, 2015 | Career Guide

Hospitality and Tourism -

Hospitality and Tourism is a multidisciplinary field of study that prepares you with the expertise, commitment, and skills for management, marketing, and operations positions in an industry that provides food, accommodations, and tourism services to people away from home. It involves developing an understanding in the provision of hospitality such as housekeeping, cleaning, and food and beverage service; and the management and operations of travel and tourism activities. This field also covers the principles and practice of modern tourism and issues such as ecotourism and sustainable development.

What you will learn?

1. Hotel, restaurants and catering

This sub-field prepare you to provide reception, accommodation, entertainment, food, beverage and related services in hotels, clubs, restaurants and similar enterprises. You will learn about organising and supervising food and beverage services, organising and supervising housekeeping services, stock control and costing, customer services, maintenance, wine and food knowledge, mixing and serving drinks, taking orders and serving meals, silver service and table setting.

2. Travel, tourism and leisure

In travel, tourism and leisure, you will study cultural and social aspects of tourism management; tourism destinations and products; tour planning, marketing and management; leisure and tourism marketing; and event management. You will also learn the theories of promoting tourism services, marketing theories in relation to tourist travel, accommodation and facilities, the development of strategic marketing plans and consumer behaviour.

Courses offered in this field

Courses offered in this field include specialisations in catering management, food and culinary arts, hospitality management, events management, sport and leisure, ecotourism, international tourism management, travel and tourism management, and more. Click here for a full list of hospitality & tourism courses in Malaysia.

Possible occupations

  • Bakers
  • Banquet Managers
  • Baristas
  • Bartenders
  • Cabin Crew Members
  • Caterers
  • Chefs and Head Cooks
  • Convention Centre Managers
  • Cooks
  • Customer Service Managers
  • Entertainment Specialists
  • Event Managers
  • Event Organizers
  • Executive Housekeepers
  • Food Service Managers
  • Front Office Managers
  • Gaming and Sports Writers
  • Gaming Managers
  • Hotel Marketing Executives
  • Hotel/resort Managers
  • Human Resource Managers
  • Interpreters and Translators
  • Managers
  • Meeting, Convention, and Event Planners
  • Operations Managers
  • Recreation Facilitators
  • Restaurant Managers
  • Set and Exhibit Designers
  • Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers
  • Supervisors of Housekeeping and Janitorial Workers
  • Tour Agents
  • Tour Guides
  • Tour Operators
  • Tourism Managers
  • Tourism Project Manager
  • Travel Agents and Guides
  • Umpires, Referees, and Other Sports Officials

Featured Courses

1. Diploma in Culinary Arts at Erican College

Erican CollegeThe Diploma in Culinary Arts at Erican College focuses on culinary skills and practical hands-on training in all areas of food production. Students will be equipped with theoretical and practical knowledge about food preparation, food safety and food presentation that enables them to enter the food service industry. They will acquire important skills in culinary craft, organisation and management, including stock ordering, scheduling, costing of goods and dealing with suppliers.

What can students who enrol in this course look forward to?

This course is highly industry driven with lots of hands-on practical training. The course builds a student’s skills in all aspects which include patisseries, butchery, creative cooking, food styling,molecular gastronomique, and the art of garde manger.

Typical subjects in this course include:

  • Business communication
  • Food hygiene and sanitation
  • Introduction to the hospitality industry
  • Principles of food studies
  • Basic pastry and baking skills
  • Introduction to management
  • Basic western cuisine
  • Butchery
  • IT & application
  • Catering system & management
  • Art of garde manger
  • Advanced patisseries
  • Restaurant operation management
  • Menu planning and cost control

What are some examples of Career Prospects?

  • Pastry chef
  • Executive chef
  • Food writer
  • Restaurant owner
  • F&B manager
  • Food stylist and photographer
  • Research & development chef
  • Food critic

Entry Requirements

  • SPM/O-level 3 credits or its equivalent
  • UEC 3Bs
  • 2 principal passes in STPM/A-levels or its equivalent
2. BA in Business & Hospitality Management (Hons) at Nilai University

Nilai UniversityBachelor of Administration (Hons) Business & Hospitality Management at Nilai University equips you with professional skills in hospitality operations while developing your management abilities. You will acquire a strong business acumen in managing people, profitability, issues, events, and marketing within the hospitality and tourism industry. The programme gives you the career mobility to dive into a challenging supervisory position within the hospitality and tourism sector or in a business setting in almost any industry.

What can students who enrol in this course look forward to?

Nilai University collaborates with the Malaysian Food and Beverage Executives Association (MFBEA) to provide strong networking opportunities. It also enables the exchange of valuable knowledge and information to promote the highest professional standards in the hospitality industry for the benefit of both parties.

Typical subjects in this course include:

  • Food & Beverage Service
  • Food Preparation
  • Accommodation Management
  • Hospitality Events Management
  • Managing Hospitality Business
  • Developing the Hospitality Business
  • Strategic Marketing Management in Hospitality and Tourism
  • Hospitality Law
  • Revenue and Profit Management for Hospitality and Tourism
  • Managing People in the International Hospitality and Tourism Industries
  • Issues in International Hospitality and Tourism Management
  • Financial Analysis and Control for Hospitality and Tourism Businesses
  • Foundation in Managerial Accounting
  • Introduction to Marketing
  • Consumer Behaviour
  • Research Methods

Entry requirements

  • STPM / A-Level - 2 principal passes
  • UEC - Pass with minimum grade B in 5 subjects
  • Foundation / Matriculation - Pass
  • Diploma (in related field) - Pass
  • Other equivalent qualifications

For other qualifications, please consult our programme counsellors.


  • GCE / GCSE O-Level - Minimum Grade E
  • IELTS - Band 5.0
  • TOEFL - Paper based: 500 / Computer based: 61
  • Nilai University IEP - Successfully completed (or exempted)

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