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Recreation & Tourism Management

The Recreation & Tourism Management program at FSU Panama City provides the tools you need to create an experience of a lifetime. Learn to manage facilities, programs and services that enrich people’s lives through high-quality and memorable leisure time experiences. Required coursework provides an overview of event planning, research, facility maintenance and leadership. Field work experience and a one-semester internship put your organization skills, initiative and energy to use, allowing you to work with people from diverse backgrounds to plan events or manage activities for tourism destinations or recreation facilities.



Leisure activities are an integral part of people’s lifestyles, and billions of dollars are spent annually on recreation programs and facilities in public, private and nonprofit recreation agencies.

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An undergraduate degree in recreation, tourism and events is versatile with many rewarding career options that allow you to get paid to play. 

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Rewarding work

“I never expected or anticipated being in my position, but I am glad I took the right chances and pursued this field.”

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RTE, Class of 2014

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Growing demand

This is a service-oriented career in which professionals work with people of all ages, backgrounds, and those with special needs. There is a growing need for qualified professionals to manage programs, facilities, and services in various agencies and businesses.

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Versatile degree

The RTE program offers organization, marketing and management skills suitable for a career in public recreation, nonprofits, armed forces recreation, private clubs, resorts and event divisions, colleges and universities, sports organizations, tourism agencies, and retirement communities.