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SP Business School » Courses » Full-time Diploma » Tourism and Resort Management


Tourism and Resort operations are amongst the fastest growing se ctors in the Singapore economy, thanks to the fully transformed tourism landscape in Singapore and its neighboring countries.

The exciting efforts to enhance the destination attractiveness of the city range from the gigantic integrated resorts up to the artsy Marina Bay, the old glamour of Chinatown, Kampong Glam and Little India and the luxurious Orchard road. The list goes on... All these result in the need to attract and retain talents - young and eager graduates who enjoy people and service. The Diploma in T ourism and Resort Management (DTRM) provides a winning combination of training in tourism and resort management skills, business acumen and Emotional Intelligence (EI) concepts infused into the DTRM curriculum. Think knowing yourself, understanding your feelings and others and then how you can make all those work to succeed in school and in life. DTRM helps prepare students for roles in the tourism industry and beyond. The tourism industry has long been an industry with tremendous success for long-term career pathways.

Course Highlights

  •  Studying sea cruise management on board a passenger ship in you r first year and introduction to Emotional Intelligence (EI)
  •  Learning in an overseas hotel on an Experiential Learning T rip and specialized modules infused with EI during your second year
  •  A 24-week work-based learning experiences with an internship programme in various tourism and hospitality related companies in your third year
  • Opportunities for overseas internship programmes such as the Di sney Summer Internship Programme and Jyvaskyla University of Applied Science (Finland) Internship cum Exchange Programme and Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket Programme in Thailand
  • DTRM scholarships offered by industry partners such as RC Hotel s, RWS, Chan Brothers Travel and Marina Bay Sands
  • Leads to advanced placement in universities through articulatio n agreements with both local and international universities.


Why Tourism @ SP Business School?

The Diploma in Tourism and Resort Management is a vibrant and exciting course that is taught by experienced tourism professionals.

The Course Management Team (CMT) of the Diploma in Tourism & Resort Management (DTRM) has spearheaded an initiative to raise the level of Emotional Intelligence (EI)of its students. Effective April 2012, incoming Year 1 students will be assessed and advised of their top three EI strengths. There will be sessions to explain the eight EI competencies and the impact it might have on the students depending on which competency they are strong or weak in. In the next three years, our students will learn EI through experiential segments embedded in specific modules in our curriculum. They can look forward to a better understanding of themselves and others, and hence, gain an advantage in life and career when they graduate from SP.


Year 1 students having fun during one of the EI games at the recent Study Sea Cruise 2012





Year 1 students embark on a Study Sea Cruise for an “out-of-classroom” experience onboard a “floating resort” as well as interesting visits to five-star resorts at the ports of call.


Year 1 students at Dusit Thani Resort, Phuket, Thailand during the Study Sea Cruise

Year 1 students have the opportunity to go into the galley and laundry area on board Super Star Virgo during the Study Sea Cruise



Year 2 students go on overseas hospitality immersion trips for an authentic learning experience in an international resort-setting. Our students are also involved in the country’s global events such as Formula One (F1) where they relate with guests and personalities at the heart of the action as well as major Travel Fairs and national events.


Year 2 students on Immersion Trip at Le Grandeur Resort, Johor, Malaysia



The major highlight of the course is in the 3rd year where students undergo an intensive 24-week internship programme in either top companies locally or overseas such as Walt Disney World in USA or with our major partners in France, Finland and China. Some of our local internship partners include Marina Bay Sands, Resorts World @ Sentosa, Swissotel, Fairmont, Shangri-La, St Regis, Conrad Centennial, Wild Life Reserves Singapore, Chan Bros. Travel and Jet Star Asia to name a few.


Year 3 students on local Internship at Universal Studios, Resort World Singapore

Year 3 student, Shermaine Khoo (3rd person from left) on local Internship with Events Company – Experia Events

Year 3 students on overseas Internship at Disney, Orlando, USA

Year 3 student, Khoo Kian Koon (on the right side) on overseas Internship at Jyvaskyla, Finland

Year 3 students on overseas Internship at Shangri-la in Shangai, China



Scholarships from reputable establishments – Resorts World @ Sentosa, Raffles City Hotels and Chan Brothers Travel are also offered to deserving students.


2011 Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) Scholarship recipient: Lilian Li Liuxuan having fun as a VIP guide at Universal Studios Singapore

2011 Raffles City Hotels Scholarship recipient: Fecilia Liew Xin Rong (left) and 2012 Raffles City Hotels Scholarship recipient: Lee Wen Juan (right) on the helipad of Swissotel the Stamford. Both are attached to the Front Office department of Raflles City Hotels.

2012 Chan Brothers Travel Scholarship recipient: Jasmine Lu on local internship as a tour consultant with Chan Brothers Travel



Our graduates further their studies at NUS, NTU, SMU or at several reputable foreign universities which grant advanced standing to our students. Our academic partners such as University of Nevada Las Vegas - Singapore, University of Queensland, University of Surrey and University of Winchester allow our graduates to complete their degree programme in only one to two years.


Yuen Tong Ri, a graduate of the pioneer batch of the Diploma in Tourism & Resort Management (DTRM) course and on Raffles City Hotels Scholarship at the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV), Singapore campus

Tony Yeoh, who is the proud recipient of the SPRING Executive Development Scholarship and will be pursuing Bachelor of Business Programme in NTU after his National Service

DTRM graduates at the SIM – University of Birmingham Convocation; from left to right:
• Jessica, Chor Chia Lin (awarded First Class Honours, Bachelor of Science [Honours] Business Management degree)
• Brenda Sem Pei Hua (awarded First Class Honours, Bachelor of Science [Honours] Business Management with Industrial Placement degree)
• Mr Conrad De Souza (Course Manager for DTRM)
• Gwendolyn Jill Shepherdson (awarded Second Class Upper Honours, Bachelor of Science [Honours] Business Management degree)



Career prospects in the industry are bright with the significant increase in tourism arrivals in Singapore. Graduates of our course are spoilt for choice and will be recruited by the integrated resorts, hotels, travel and events management companies, airlines, cruise lines, Food & Beverage establishments and Attractions. By the time you graduate, you would have been trained in the multi facets of tourism. The exposure to real world training and environment will enhance your confidence to make you work-ready, world-ready and life-ready. You will become a true service professional whose values are ingrained with service par excellence and an empathic heart ready to put a dent in the Tourism World.


DTRM 2010 graduate, Lim Yan Han, Hanna, now working as Attraction Leader at Battlestar Galactica, Universal Studios Singapore. Her role includes supervisory duties and improving the work processes of Battlestar Galactica

"The DTRM course was a truly enriching experience! There were study trips (such as the First Year sea cruise) to help us learn in a more interactive way. SP has very good connections with local and international companies for internship opportunities. I was fortunate to have been given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to participate in the Walt Disney International College Program at Orlando, Florida.  The experience will stay with me forever. My tourism diploma has definitely built more confidence in me, broadened my horizon of knowledge, opened many doors to the industry and gave me a competitive edge over other candidates."

- Brenda Sem,
DTRM Class of 2007
Graduated from SIM-University of Birmingham with First Class Honours in the BSc degree in Business Management with Industrial Placement in 2012


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