What is hotel management?
Hotel management is a global industry that involves the application of general management techniques and principles within a hotel, guest house, lodge, or spa environment – usually with the aim of ensuring guest satisfaction and quality of service, while at the same time reducing costs and maximising profits for the business.
Hotel managers, therefore, are responsible for managing and supervising a wide range of activities, including:
- Hotel administration and accounts management
- General maintenance
- Food and beverage management
- Front office duties (including reception and reservations)
- Staff training
- Customer service/guest relations
In large hotels, you will often find that different managers are appointed to handle the different areas of responsibility. For example: there might be a Facilities Manager to oversee general maintenance and housekeeping, a Food and Beverage Manager to oversee the catering, and an Accounts Manager to oversee the administrative and accounts-related tasks.
Why should I study hotel management?
Hotel management presents you with a wide range of career opportunities, both locally and abroad. It is fairly easy to start in a junior position in a hotel, and to work your way up to a managerial role.
Generally speaking, formal qualifications are not essential – however, hotel management is a competitive career choice, and many employers give preference to candidates who have completed some form of hospitality or management training.
Studying a hotel management course will therefore not only equip you with the relevant skills, but will also strengthen your CV (and increase your credibility in the eyes of employers) by providing you with formal recognition of your knowledge, skills and abilities.
Studying hotel management will prepare you for a variety of careers in the broader hospitality industry, and is also highly recommended if you plan to start up and manage your own guest house, lodge or spa.
The working conditions in the hotel management industry are generally fairly pleasant – as long as you don’t mind working long and irregular hours. You may also find that that it is somewhat stressful, as you may be required to deal with customer service complaints and staff discipline. The benefits, however, include:
- Meeting new people
- Performing a wide variety of tasks
- Developing transferable skills
- Having plenty of room for career growth
How can I benefit by studying hotel management from home?
Studying a hotel management course from home enables you to work (and gain valuable experience) while you study. When you study from home, you don’t need to be available to attend classes at fixed times, and you don’t need to match the pace of the other students in the class.
Instead, you receive your study material via post or courier, and you work through it in your own time from home. And if you study with Oxbridge Academy, you will have the support of an industry-expert tutor to assist you throughout your studies.
The other advantages of studying hotel management from home include the following:
- You can save money by not having to travel to and from campus.
- You don’t have to deal with all the social distractions that are generally present in a campus environment.
- You can gain a better understanding of the study material by working while you study (as you will be able to apply what you learn in a practical environment).
Study hotel management courses from home via distance learning with Oxbridge Academy
At Oxbridge Academy, we give you the opportunity to study the following hotel management courses from home:
- Oxbridge Academy Short Course: Hotel Management
- Oxbridge Academy Certificate: Hotel Management
- Oxbridge Academy Certificate: Hotel and Catering Management
As a prospective manager in the hospitality industry, you may also be interested in some of the national and international qualifications that we have to offer:
National Qualifications (N4 – N6)
- National Certificate: N4 Tourism (SAQA ID 66910)
- National Certificate: N5 Tourism (SAQA ID 66978)
- National Certificate: N6 Tourism (SAQA ID 67013)
To find out more about studying hotel management from home with Oxbridge Academy, simply fill in the form below, and a Student Advisor will be in touch with you shortly: