Overview of the Hospitality and Tourism Career Cluster
The instructional content for Hospitality and Tourism is organized into four career pathways:
- Restaurants and Food/Beverage Services
- Travel and Tourism
- Recreation, Amusements, and Attractions
To help students learn more about careers in Hospitality and Tourism, download and distribute the Hospitality and Tourism College and Career Planning Guide. The guide makes an excellent critical reading assignment for students enrolled in a hospitality and tourism practicum course.
There are two practicum courses within the Hospitality and Tourism Career Cluster. Be sure to bookmark the related TEKS for each practicum course so you can review them before you create the outline of training.
The Practicum in Hospitality Services is recommended for students in grades 11 and 12 who have completed Hotel Management.
Legal and Safety Considerations
- A student assisting with food preparation at an expensive restaurant will need to know food safety.
- A student working at an amusement park might need to know CPR/First Aid.
- A student employed as a front desk clerk might need to learn rules and procedures for handling credit card transactions and protecting guest privacy.
Selling or Serving Alcohol
As discussed in Section 5 of this course, Texas laws do not permit students under age 18 to sell or serve alcoholic beverages on-premises. However, even though they cannot sell or serve alcohol, students should be trained in laws and rules related to alcohol, such as penalties for underage drinking and recognizing and responding appropriately to guests who are intoxicated.
The most common pre-employment requirements students in a Hospitality and Tourism practicum may encounter are related to food and beverage handling and sales.
- ServSafe Food Safety Certification
- Food Handlers Permit
- Certification to Sell or Serve Alcohol
Take a moment to bookmark the Texas CTE Resource Center website. Later, be sure to explore curriculum guidelines and instructional resources for the AFNR Career Cluster.
Take a few moments to bookmark the CTSO websites below to explore later.
Business Professionals of America (BPA)
DECA, Texas Association
Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA)
Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)
Texas Technology Student Association (TSA)
There are several professional association related to culinary arts and hospitality services careers, including those listed below. You may also want to check with your colleagues for advice.
Take a few moments to bookmark the CTE professional association websites below to explore later.
Hospitality Educators Association of Texas
Family and Consumer Science Teachers Association of Texas (FCSTAT)
Marketing Educators of Texas
Texas Business and Technology Educators Association (TBTEA)
Texas Industrial Vocational Association (TIVA)
Texas Technology and Engineering Educators (TTEE)