The Relevance of the Study of Tourism and Hospitality Courses in Educational Institutions in Ghana: A Case Study of Department of Tourism, Cape Coast Polytechnic
Tourism and hospitality industry contributes a lot to the economy of Ghana and many States across the world; as such, it receives much attention in many politico-socio-economic and educational circles. In the area of education, tourism and hospitality is now an academic discipline which is now taught in schools and has experienced a golden age of literature in the second half and last quarter of the twentieth century. The proliferation of literature in this area has led to increasing interest in the subject by many institutions of higher learning around the world. It is for this reason that a study of this nature was undertaken to explore the relevance of some of the courses studied in tourism and hospitality institutions in Ghana, using the Department of Tourism, Cape Coast Polytechnic as a case study. Twenty-two (22) students were randomly selected out of a total of eighty two (82) whilst twenty (20) graduates of the department were purposively sampled. Data collected from the survey design using the questionnaire were analysed quantitatively using version 20 of the Statistical Product for Service Solutions (SPSS v 20). From the analysis, the study concluded that despite the inherent challenges associated with the courses studied in tourism and hospitality educational institutions, they correlate with industry’s needs. The study, therefore, recommends among others that there should be close collaboration between tourism and educators and industry for exchange of ideas so that students leave school knowing the industry’s expectations and how to secure jobs easily.
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