Undergraduates' perceptions of tourism and hospitality as a career choice

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This study explored undergraduate tourism and hospitality student's views of the industry as a career choice. Three hundred and seventy-nine tourism and hospitality students, from eight Australian institutions, completed a questionnaire rating the importance of 20 factors in influencing their choice of career, and then the extent to which they believed tourism and hospitality, as a career, offers these factors. A number of factors have been identified as being significantly different. From the results it is clear that students generally do not believe that a career in tourism and hospitality will offer them the factors that they find important.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)382-388
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Hospitality Management
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Career choice
  • Hospitality
  • Perceptions
  • Tourism
  • Undergraduates


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