University of Hawaiʻi — West Oʻahu
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Hospitality and Tourism

Program Information

The Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with a concentration in Hospitality and Tourism at UH West Oʻahu is designed to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the skills necessary to manage operations in large and small hospitality and tourism related businesses including hotels, restaurants, food service, airlines, travel agencies, events and attractions and more. Courses are offered at UH West O‘ahu in-class and through distance learning instruction.

Careers and Earning Potential

Opportunities in the hotel, food, travel, and hospitality industries have created a need for individuals with the skills in business administration and a background in hospitality and tourism. A bachelor’s degree in Hospitality and Tourism opens many opportunities for positions in one of Hawaiʻi’s primary industries, in hotels, restaurants, shopping malls, and agencies that service these establishments. According to the Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority, there were more than eight million visitors to Hawaiʻi in 2013 alone, with expenditures totaling more than $14.5 billion.

Future careers in hospitality and tourism include:

  • Lodging Manager- $47,680
  • Food Service Manager - $48,560
  • Meeting, Convention, and Event Planner - $46,490
  • Advertising and Promotions Manager - $96,720

These annual salary ranges for related fields of work are according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2014.

Featured Courses

BUSA 306 Hospitality and Travel Administration
This course evaluates the hospitality culture and what constitutes exceptional customer service. Topics include creating value for the customer and the administration of a sound hospitality and travel program. This course evaluates the managing of an organization from a global perspective.

BUSA 309 Hospitality Accounting
This course evaluates hospitality accounting and the use of financial statements as well as income statements, budgeting, managing cash and receivables, controlling costs, and pricing in assessing performance of the business.

BUSA 409 Hospitality and Tourism Marketing
This course focuses on the development of marketing strategies in the travel and hospitality industry. Topics covered will be integrated marketing communications, market research, sales and public relations.

BUSA 423 Hotel Investments
This course evaluates hotel investments. Topics include investment strategies, hotel valuation, revenue management, and the legal environment of the hotel industry.

Faculty Contact

Dr. Derrek Choy, Professor
(808) 689-2332
derrekc@hawaii.edu