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Alba Graduate Business School Launches 1st Synchronous Online MSc in Tourism Program

Alba Graduate Business School has announced the launch of the first synchronous online graduate program in tourism management aimed at industry professionals seeking to refresh their knowledge and keep up to date with the latest trends in tourism.

Undeniably, tourism is a one of the most important sectors in Greece generating significant revenue, supporting the national and local economies, and employing thousands of people each year.

Tourism also proved to be resilient despite the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic, which at the same time has created a ‘new normal’.

In order to be able to meet the emerging demands, travel and hospitality professionals must be one step ahead and that’s exactly what the Alba Graduate Business School’s new online graduate Tourism Management program aims to do.

Running under the motto: “Upgrade to Business Class”, the program has been redesigned to meet the changes brought about by the pandemic offering high quality long-distance learning with the goal to prepare a new generation of highly-skilled tourism executives who will be able to assume leading roles in tourism organizations and shape future policies.

Alba ΜSc in Tourism Management: The Details

Aware of the demands on the modern-day professional, the Alba Graduate Business School’s Tourism Management program offers:

– full time (12-month) or part time (24-month) programs which include evening classes via synchronous distance learning between 6pm and 10pm

– a rolling admissions plan with the final deadline set at September 29 for those who wish to start classes in October

– classes in English

– in addition to courses, the Alba’s Tourism Management program also offers a series of in-person workshops to run from November to March aimed at community building and creating networking opportunities

– regular assessment via reports/presentations, case study analysis, mid-term tests, final exams, dissertation or internship programs.

Who Can Participate

Alba’s MSc in Tourism Management program is designed for tourism professionals who wish to enhance their education and training or update knowhow seeking a flexible, up-to-date program.

If you own a tourism business, work in your family’s tourism enterprise, are a young professional active in hospitality, then this graduate study program is for you. It is also open to tour operators, tour guides, travel agencies, event and conference organizers, cruise makers, leisure and entertainment organizers, and real estate developers.

For admission requirements press here.

Why Choose Alba Graduate Business School

Undeniably, flexibility is the key advantage of the Alba Graduate Business School Tourism Management graduate program.

Alba is also very proud of its academic team consisting of highly qualified professors and lecturers with hands-on management experience in hospitality, service operations, digital communication/channels, revenue and events.

The degree program also offers a series of in-person workshops aimed at establishing a community presence and networking.

Alba also cooperates with key tourism stakeholders offering internships that will pave the way for professional inclusion and recognition contributing significantly to the employability of students upon graduation.

The Results

The Alba Graduate Business School Tourism Management program also covers a wide range of cross-cultural, ethical, institutional and environmental issues involved in the management of tourism enterprises as well as specialized business and operational skills.

After completing the degree curriculum you will be able to:

– identify new trends, adapt and respond effectively

– provide exceptional services on par with international standards

– respond effectively and successfully to challenges

– apply acquired knowledge in tourism business strategy, finance, marketing, operations, and human resources

– draw up destination management and organizational plans that include hospitality, travel, events and conferences, leisure activities and entertainment, as well as real estate development

– manage internal IT systems and online media channels for digital marketing and promotional operations.

“The first synchronous online MSc in Tourism Management program in Greece by Alba Graduate Business School, combining the value of Alba, both in terms of teaching and learning, with a flexible model of modern distance education, is aimed at enhancing learning and professional development prospects for those employed in tourism in Greece and internationally,” said Evangelia Baralou, academic director MSc in Tourism Management, Alba Graduate Business School.

“Additionally, our strategic partnership with Costa Navarino provides students the opportunity to attend a three-day workshop in tourism management in November at Costa Navarino, while two more workshops will be carried out at Alba premises in December and March,” she added.

Alba was founded in 1992 on the joint initiative of the Federation of Greek Industries (SEV) and the Hellenic Management Association (EEDE).  The Athens Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) joined in 1995 and since 2017, the Alba Graduate Business School has been operating as part of The American College of Greece (ACG) as an independent, non-governmental, non-profit organization. The two institutions joined forces evolving into one of the most reputed entities of higher learning and establishing Greece as an international educational destination.

Together, ACG and Alba boast the country’s largest and most influential alumni community, with over 60,000 professionals active in businesses, organizations, academia and public affairs, many in leadership positions, in Greece and abroad. The school runs 13 graduate programs and is officially recognized by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE). All MBA programs are certified by the Association of MBAs.

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Chicago-born and raised, Maria Paravantes has over two decades of journalistic experience covering tourism and travel, gastronomy, arts, music and culture, economy and finance, politics, health and social issues for international press and media. She has worked for Reuters, The Telegraph, Huffington Post, Billboard Magazine, Time Out Athens, the Athens News, Odyssey Magazine and, among others. She has also served as Special Advisor to Greece’s minister of Foreign Affairs, and to the mayor of Athens on international press and media issues. Maria is currently a reporter, content and features writer for GTP Headlines.

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