6 of the Best Tourism Schools in the Philippines

Considering taking up a career that involves learning about and traveling to different parts of the globe?
by Mary Joyce Bernal   |  Sep 5, 2021
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The pandemic may have hindered travel plans for many of us, and it definitely affected a lot of Filipinos working in the tourism industry (the employment rate dropped in 2020) when travel restrictions were imposed, but tourism still remains a popular career path for many. In Asia, the Philippines actually has one of the biggest GDP shares in the field of tourism. 

Considering taking up a career that involves learning about and traveling to different parts of the globe? You might want to check these schools offering courses in the tourism industry—the largest people industry in the world.

6 of the best tourism schools in the Philippines:

Lyceum of the Philippines University - Manila

The Lyceum of the Philippines University was given an overall rating of 4 QS stars by the British university ranking system Quacquarelli Symonds. The university is one of the most reputable schools in the hospitality industry, with two of its programs receiving Centers for Excellence from CHED back in 2016. One of these programs is the Bachelor of Science in International Travel and Tourism Management (BS ITTM)

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An international accreditation program, the International Centre of Excellence in Tourism and Hospitality Education (THE-ICE), also has Lyceum of the Philippines University as one of its accredited members. The university remains the biggest member school in Asia with its four campuses offering Tourism and Hospitality programs.

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The curriculum of BS International Travel and Tourism Management includes subjects in Tourism Marketing, Management, Economics, Quality Management, and Eco tourism, among others.

Central Philippine University

Located in Iloilo, the Central Philippine University is one of the city’s only two higher education institutions that has been granted autonomous status by CHED. This means that they can create degree programs and change their academic policies with less government interference. CPU offers a Bachelor of Science in Tourism Management (BS-THM) and a Master in Business Administration - major in Tourism and Hospitality Management (MBA-THM). The latter received level IV accreditation recently, though it can only be taken by graduates of business degree programs.

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The curriculum under the BS-THM program covers Sustainable Tourism, Macro and Micro Perspectives of Tourism and Hospitality, Travel Writing and Photography, and Agri Tourism, among others.

University of the Philippines - Diliman

The University of the Philippines - Diliman is the first Southeast Asian higher education institution to offer tourism as a four-year course. The BS Tourism program in the university is under the Asian Institute of Tourism, which also offers graduate studies in tourism. 

The curriculum of BS Tourism in UPD-AIT includes courses in World Tourism, Tourism and Philippine Culture, Tourism Management, Hotel and Restaurant Management, Tourism and Gender, and more.

University of Santo Tomas

Another accredited member of THE-ICE, the University of Santo Tomas is the first higher education institution in the country to receive five stars from the esteemed QS ranking system. There is no question that the quality of education in UST is one of the best, with the five-star rating composing of Teaching, Employability, Internationalization, and Facilities.

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Its tourism program (Bachelor of Science in Tourism Management) offers two areas of specialization: Major in Travel Operations and Major in Recreation and Leisure Management.

The curriculum under the BS Tourism Management programs covers Risk Management, Transportation Management, Sustainable Tourism, and Legal Aspects in Tourism and Hospitality, among others.

Philippine Women’s College of Davao

As one of Davao’s prestigious higher education institutions, the Philippine Women’s College of Davao also prides itself in being the region’s best school in offering the Bachelor of Science in Tourism Management program. The school has several partners in the industry to help its students graduate as competent workers here and abroad.

The curriculum under the BSTM program includes courses in Tourism and Hospitality Marketing, Events Management, Institutional Management Enterprise, and Philippine Gastronomical Tourism.

De La Salle - College of Saint Benilde

The De La Salle - College of Saint Benilde’s (DLS-CSB) School of Hotel, Restaurant and Institution Management (SHRIM) is the only hotel school in the Philippines to receive a level IV accreditation from the Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges, and Universities (PAASCU).

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Under the SHRIM are two programs, namely the Bachelor of Science in Hotel, Restaurant and Institution Management (BS-HRIM) and the Bachelor of Science in International Hospitality Management (BS-IHM), a double-degree program created with the Institut Vatel in France. The BS-HRIM has different specializations or tracks to choose from, one of them being the Travel & Tourism Management track.

The curriculum under the BS-HRIM Travel & Tourism Management track includes courses in Philippine Tourism, Destination Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Principles of Food Production, and Sports and Leisure Management.

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