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If you are studying tourism management and need to write assignments, essays, etc., then these pages can help!

This discipline prepares students to work in the global hospitality, leisure and tourism industry. At its core is the study of business, with coursework in areas such as accounting, marketing, finance, strategy and human resource management, all oriented towards the hospitality, leisure and tourism sector.

To write assignments about tourism management, the first thing you need to know is the vocabulary. We've analysed high-scoring student assignments to find the words that are used most often. For exercises about vocabulary related to hospitality, leisure and tourism go to this page:

Hospitality, Leisure and Tourism Vocabulary

Secondly, and most importantly, you will need to learn how to write certain types of assignments ('genres'). In tourism management, you will probably write:

  • Case Studies, where you demonstrate understanding of a real-life situation 
  • Essays, where you make a coherent argument and employ critical thinking skills
  • Proposals, where you write a plan and make a case for the action you are proposing

Each of these genres has an individual style you will need to learn. If you're short of time, you can go directly to the pages about these genres, but we recommend you start at the beginning of 'Writing for a Purpose' and work through all of it. 

If you read all the materials, you'll be better able to identify what sort of assignment you have to write – your tutor usually won't tell you. Also, not all tourism management courses are the same and they might include assignments in different genres from the three typical ones above.