Travelers have a huge impact on other areas of hospitality. In fact, food and beverage attributes roughly 25 percent of its sales to travelers.
Travel is a $560 billion industry in the United States. In 2011, approximately 200 million visitors generated $102 billion in spending in California alone. Where there is money, there are career opportunities. The CSU offers dynamic travel education with hands-on application for those interested in pursuing a career in this global industry.
Management positions in tourism:
- Convention and visitors bureau director
- Visitor center manager
- Tourism sales manager
- Marketing director
- Communications manager
- Convention services director
- Travel agent
Facts and Figures
- International travel is one of the largest exports for the United States, ranking ahead of agricultural goods and motor vehicles according to the Office of Travel and Tourism Industries (OTTI).
- Behind France, the United States is the most traveled to country in the world according to the Office of Travel and Tourism Industries (OTTI).
- In 2010, the United States ranked first among worldwide destinations in travel spending according to the Office of Travel and Tourism Industries (OTTI).
- International tourist arrivals grew by over 4% in 2011 to 980 million, according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. With growth expected to continue in 2012, at a somewhat slower rate, international tourist arrivals are on track to reach the milestone one billion mark later this year.
- Tourism is directly responsible for 5% of the world’s GDP, 6% of total exports and employing one out of every 12 people in advanced and emerging economies alike according to the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).
- Over the past six decades, tourism has experienced continued expansion and diversification becoming one of the largest and fastest growing economic sectors in the world according to the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).
- In spite of occasional shocks international tourists arrivals have shown virtually uninterrupted growth: from 25 million in 1950, to 277 million in 1980, to 435 million in 1990, to 675 million in 2000, and the current 940 million according to the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).
Sources: Office of Travel and Tourism Key Facts (pdf) | World Tourism Organization