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Hospitality & Tourism Management

Tourism is the second largest industry in Nashville.

The need for quality hospitality and tourism professionals is at an all-time high.


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Amy Bennett
Assistant Director of Admissions
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The Jack C. Massey College of Business is excited to incorporate the Hospitality & Tourism Management major into our programs of study.

The Hospitality & Tourism Management program at Belmont University is housed within the Jack C. Massey College of Business. Our program will prepare you to collaborate, to lead with a servant mindset, and to foster the entrepreneurial spirit lived by our college namesake, Jack C. Massey, and the countless graduates that have since gone forth to create and enrich their communities. Students can expect small class sizes (12:1 student-to-faculty ratio) focused on student learning and outcomes, faculty advisors with decades of industry experience, and to receive an educational experience informed by an industry centric advisory board.

Our program is one of the few Hospitality programs in the Southern United States located inside of a College of Business. This unique attribute provides students the opportunity to receive a business focused degree and the choice of selecting either a Bachelor of Science or a Bachelor of Business Administration in Hospitality & Tourism Management. Our program offers experiential learning opportunities, internships with industry leading partners positioned within Nashville, Tennessee, and the greater United States. Students will build and develop the necessary skills and practice in food & lodging management, event management, and tourism management. Throughout the hospitality program, students will have an opportunity to build their hospitality and tourism knowledge, foster industry connections with leading organizations and hospitality leaders, all while building the confidence and competency needed to pursue their aspirations and dreams.   

Managers within the hospitality and tourism industries are responsible for maintaining an efficient and profitable company, while ensuring that their customers have an amazing experience. Our management program is designed to prepare our graduates for entry-level positions or advancement opportunities in these fields.

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Nashville’s hospitality and tourism industry, including hotels, restaurants, events, festivals, clubs, cultural attractions, and the supporting sub-sectors including technology and transportation generates close to $6 billion every year in Middle Tennessee with years of record-breaking growth. As the second largest industry in Nashville, it employs over one hundred thousand people directly and attracted 12.6 million visitors in 2021. Every one out of 10 jobs in the world are part of the hospitality and travel industry.

Nashville’s vibrant music scene, professional sports, museums and overall entertainment options make us an exemplary travel destination for families, young professionals, conference attendees and those who want to experience one of the Nation’s “Friendliest Cities in America.”


Over 100,000 hospitality & leisure jobs in Nashville metropolitan area

Currently 357 hotels – 53,189 hotel rooms in the Nashville metropolitan area, with another 17,000 more hotel rooms in the pipeline (Planning or Under Construction)

14.6 million visitors in 2021 to the Nashville metropolitan area

126 million domestic stays in Tennessee – valued at $23B in spending in 2019

Gaylord Opryland resort & Convention Center – largest non-gaming hotel in US with over 700,000 square feet of meeting space, including 263,772 of contiguous exhibit space

Music City Center – Nashville’s Convention Center – with 2.1 million square feet – 375,000 square feet exhibit space, 128,000 of meeting space, and 2,500 seat theater

Home of professional sports such as NHL – Nashville Predators, NFL – Tennessee Titans, MLS – Nashville Soccer Club, Minor league baseball team – Nashville Sounds – Triple-A Milwaukee Brewers

Other sporting events include NASCAR Cup Series, Indy Car Series, SEC Sports