For the last two decades tourism has placed itself as a leading earner of foreign exchange in the country. It contributes substantially in both employment and in terms of the GDP (more than 17% at present).
However, when compared against the total tourism potential that this country is endowed with, it becomes evident that tourism should have a much higher contribution. Despite such a strong growth potential, the tourism industry in the country continues to face an intensive competition and challenges from other destinations in the region, in terms of qualified personnel to compete on the job market.
Therefore, the need to have a Department within the college that will provide training, research and outreach in areas related to Tourism, recreation and hospitality is important and cannot be overemphasized.