Hotel Management Vs Tourism and Travel Management: Courses, Eligibility, Colleges, Fees, Scope, Salary

Abhinav Chamoli
Abhinav ChamoliPublished On: August 11, 2020

Hotel Management and Travel and Tourism Management are two different streams of the tourism and hospitality education sector. However, candidates are often confused between the two. In this article, we compare the courses, colleges, fees, salary and scope of the two streams.

Hotel Management Vs Tourism and Travel Management

India is a country full of beautiful natural sights, astounding monuments, bustling bazaars, spicy and lip-smacking food and simple, friendly people. It is a country where proper hospitality and care of guests has been defined as one of the most important responsibilities of any host. The surprising variety of climate, culture, colours and landscape in India make travelling in the country an interesting experience not only for a foreign tourist but also for her own citizens. Which is why tourism is one of the most important and potentially rewarding sectors for India.

As per the India Tourism Statistics 2019, which are published by the Ministry of Tourism, more than 10.5 million foreign tourists visited India in 2018. The estimated earnings from these tourists were upwards of US $25.5 billion (more than Rs. 1,90,000 cr). And still, there is a high scope and expectations for the growth and development of tourism in India.

This is why hospitality and tourism is one of the most popular sectors of higher education in the country. Students have the option to choose from a number of hospitality and tourism courses after class 12th. The number of hotel management colleges in India is also quite high. Plus, a large number of Institutes of Hotel Management (IHMs) have been established in the country under the direct purview of the National Council for Hotel Management and Catering Technology (NCHMCT) to increase the quality of research as well as the existing course curriculum in the field of hospitality and hotel management in India.

Hotel Management Vs Travel and Tourism Management - Overview

Hotel Management and Tourism and Travel Management are often placed under the same category of courses. Due to a lack of information and clarity, students are often left confused about whether they should opt for a Hotel Management course or a Travel and Tourism course. While both Hotel Management and Tourism and Travel Management courses are related to the hospitality stream, both target a different niche of the hospitality sector in India.

Basically, choosing between a Hotel Management vs Tourism and Travel Management depends on which sector of the hospitality industry a candidate wishes to work in.

So, choosing the correct hospitality and tourism course after 12th has the potential to define a candidate's career in the hospitality industry. This is why it becomes very important for a candidate aspiring to pursue hospitality education in India to understand the basic difference between Hotel Management and Tourism and Travel Management courses.

Hotel Management vs Travel and Tourism Management: Summary

Hotel Management or Hospitality Management courses prepare a student for the hospitality industry such as handling operations and other work in hotels, resorts, restaurants, cruise ships, clubs, convention centres such as marriage halls etc.

On the other hand, the course of Travel and Tourism Management is more apt for a person who wishes to join the tourism sector. This includes travel and tour companies, tourism marketing industry, national and international monuments, wildlife parks etc.

Now that the basics are out of the way, let's take a detailed look at the differences between a Hotel Management course and a Travel and Tourism Management course.

Hotel Management Vs Travel and Tourism Management Courses

Hotel Management

Hotel Management courses are the more popular choice among aspirants seeking hospitality education in India. Courses in the field of hotel management are available at the undergraduate as well as the postgraduate level. After completing class 12th, a candidate is eligible for admission to the Bachelor of Hotel Management and Catering Technology (BHMCT) course. Candidates interested in going for postgraduate studies in Hotel Management can go for the MBA in Hospitality Management (MHM) course.

Travel and Tourism Management

Travel and Tourism Management courses are generally less popular than hotel management courses. However, there is an equally great opportunity for growth and building a career after completing a travel and tourism course.

A candidate who decides to pursue the Bachelor of Tourism Management (BTM) / Bachelor of Travel and Tourism Management (BTTM) course after class 12th can hope for a bright future in the field. Candidates who are interested in taking up postgraduate study in the field can go for a Master of Tourism Management (MTM) / Master of Travel and Tourism Management (MTTM) course. There is also availability of management degrees such as an MBA in Tourism Management or MBA in Travel and Tourism Management at the PG level.

Hotel Management Vs Travel and Tourism Management - Detailed Comparison

StreamHotel ManagementTravel and Tourism Management
UndergraduateBachelor of Hotel Management and Catering Technology (BHMCT)Bachelor of Travel and Tourism Management (BTTM)
PostgraduateMBA in Hospitality Management (MHM)Master of Travel and Tourism Management (MTTM)
MBA in Travel and Tourism Management

BHMCT - 4 years

MBA in Hospitality Management  - 2 years

BTTM / BTM - 3 years

MTM - 2 years

MBA in Travel and Tourism Management - 2 years



  • Class 12th (Intermediate / 10 + 2 / HSC) from a recognized board of education.

  • Minimum aggregate marks of 45% in the qualifying examination.

  • Candidates from any stream (Science / Arts / Commerce) are eligible.

  • The minimum percentage required may vary depending upon the college and course of application.

MBA in Hospitality Management
  • Candidate must have completed graduation from a recognized university.

  • Candidate must have at least 50% aggregate marks in graduation.

  • Candidates from any stream are eligible to apply for the MBA in Hospitality Management course.

  • Candidate must have completed a relevant bachelors degree course from a recognized university.

  • Candidates having a Bachelor of Tourist Studies (BTS), BSc HHA or any bachelor's degree in HM.

  • Candidate must have scored a minimum of 50% overall marks in graduation.

Popular Undergraduate Colleges

BHMCT Colleges

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BTTM / BTM Colleges

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Popular Post Graduate Colleges

MBA in Hospitality Management Colleges

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MTM Colleges

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MBA in Travel and Tourism Management Colleges

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Average Annual Fee (Approx.)

BHMCT - Rs. 1,50,000

MHM - Rs. 1,00,000 - Rs. 1,50,000

BTTM / BTM - Rs. 1 lakh - Rs. 1.5 lakhs

MTTM / MTM - Rs. 15,000 - Rs. 45,000

Career Scope

Hotel Management graduates can make a career in the hotel and hospitality industry. The main job profiles for hotel management graduates include overseeing the proper functioning of establishments related to hospitality and catering services.

Some of the career options open for students of hotel management course include:

After completing a Travel and Tourism Management course, a candidate can look for options in the tourism-related industries such as travel agencies, tour and travel marketing organizations, tour organising companies etc.

The following career profiles can be pursued by candidates who have completed a course in Travel and Tourism Management:

Average Starting Salary

BHMCT - Rs. 1.8 lakhs - Rs. 2.5 lakhs per annum

MHM - Rs. 2.5 lakhs - Rs. 6 lakhs per annum

BTTM / BTM - Rs. 1.8 - Rs. 2 lakhs per annum

MTTM / MTM - Rs. 2 lakhs - Rs. 6 lakhs per annum

Candidates can also take a look at these articles related to the field of hospitality and tourism management in India.

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Hotel Management and Travel and Tourism Management courses seem to be quite similar at first glance but it is not easy to spot the differences between the two courses. This comparison between the courses of Hotel Management and the courses of Travel and Tourism Management will help any candidate in getting an idea of what both the streams offer.

However, the choice between these two types of courses can only be made once a candidate decides which career pathway in the hospitality industry he/she wishes to follow. If there is any doubt, feel free to ask a question on the CollegeDekho QnA Zone.

Any candidate who requires help with admissions or counselling can fill our Common Application Form (CAF). Our toll-free student helpline number 1800-572-9877 is also open for students requiring admissions-related help.

With inputs from Prof. Lalat Indu Misra, HOD Front Office Section SHM Siksha o' Anusandhan University (SOA) Bhubaneswar. The School of Hotel Management at SOA is a leading hotel management college in Odisha and the only hotel management institute in the state to receive the AICTE-approval and NAAC-accreditation.

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