Institute of Technology Carlow Wexford Campus Launches Bachelor of Science in Tourism and Event Management


institute of technology carlow wexford campus launches bachelor of science in tourism and event managementInstitute of Technology Carlow Wexford Campus today launched two new degree courses in Tourism and Event Management to meet the needs of Ireland’s largest employment sector - the country’s €6 billion tourism industry.

A four-year honours BSc. in Tourism and Event Management (CW058) and a three year degree programme (CW077) have been developed in consultation with several visitor attractions and event management organisations across the southeast with the first intake of students scheduled for September via the CAO.

Tourism is one of Ireland's most important economic sectors, employing more than 300,000 people. In 2018, tourism was worth more than €6 billion to the economy, a 10% increase on the previous year, while the number of visitors climbed above 11 million, a 6% jump on 2017, with growth recorded from all markets (Source: Dept. of Tourism, Transport & Sport).

Demand for graduates with the necessary skills to develop careers in the tourism and event sector is especially high, according to Julie Mulligan, who is programme director of the BSc. in Tourism and Event Management.

“Two key growth areas of tourism are heritage tourism and event management and the BSc. in Tourism and Event Management provides specialised modules in both. Students will study a range of subjects relevant to these areas including business, cultural studies, digital skills as well as obtaining an industry-recognised award in regional tour guiding.  Exciting international field trips and study abroad options along with work placement and live projects are some of the key features of the programme.” said Julie Mulligan.

“The Bachelor of Science aims to produce graduates with the necessary knowledge and skills to work in exciting and diverse careers such as festival manager, event organiser, tourism officer and marketing manager”, added Ms. Mulligan.

Graduates will be eligible to apply to a range of Masters and postgraduates courses at Institute of Technology Carlow, such as the MSc in Digital Marketing or the Masters of Business.

“We have worked closely with tourism providers throughout the southeast to deliver a programme that will see high calibre graduates with relevant and up-to-date skills to support and enhance Ireland’s huge and dynamic tourism sector and look forward to welcoming our first intake of students in September”, said Dr. Karen Hennessy, Head of Wexford Campus, Institute of Technology Carlow.

Pictured at the announcement are, from left: Alan Bolan ‘Tuan MacCarroll’ from Wexford Heritage Centre; Julie Mulligan and Edmond Joyce, Programme Directors of the Bsc in Tourism and Event Management, IT Carlow Wexford Campus and Aileen Dowling, Failte Ireland Ireland’s Ancient East. Pic: Mary Browne.