Global Hospitality and Tourism

Undergraduate Certificate in Gastronomic Tourism

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Revitalize Tourism, Preserve Local Traditions and Promote Local Economic Development

A vital component of the tourism experience, gastronomic tourism explores food and beverage as the motivating factors for travel. For many destinations, food-making is an integral part of their identity and brand image. The program offers a unique curriculum that provides a strong background in culinary and beverage management and prepares graduates to secure employment at the local, state or national levels or abroad.

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Benefits of EKU Online

Gastronomic tourism represents an opportunity to revitalize and diversify tourism, preserve local traditions, promote local economic development, involve different professional sectors, and bring rewarding authenticity.

Program benefits include:

Career Opportunities

According to the Department of Labor and Statistics, the need for hospitality and tourism is increasing steadily. A food travel industry report published by the World Food Travel Association identified that “96% of expert respondents have a positive outlook about the growth of the food travel industry in the next two years”. The Travel, Tourism, and Hospitality Industry Association (, reported that the US travel and tourism industry generated over $1.6 trillion in economic output in 2017, supporting 7.8 million jobs in the US.
Careers include:
  • Conference event/services manager
  • Culinary food tour director
  • Food service manager
  • Lodging manager
  • Attractions supervisor
  • Cruise director
  • Director of catering
  • Casino Manager
  • Sommelier
  • Brewery Tour Guide
Find your career


EKU’s curriculum prepares students to pursue a variety of rewarding career possibilities across this diverse industry. The program offers a unique curriculum that provides a strong background in culinary and beverage management and prepares graduates to secure employment at the local, state or national levels or abroad.

Degree Requirements

A total of 24 credits are required to graduate. Complete degree requirement information about the gastronomic tourism certificate is available in the University undergraduate catalog.

Please review the admissions requirements before applying for this or any program. If you have questions about the program or are planning to register for classes, please speak to the program advisor.

Sample Courses

For a full list of course descriptions, see section 7 of the University undergraduate catalog.

GTO 210 – Gastronomic Tourism (3)
An exploration of the planning, development, and management of gastronomic tourism. Emphasis on sustainable practices, stakeholders, and policies associated with successful gastronomic tours. Prerequisite: Age requirement ≥ 21.

GTO 320 – Bourbon, Beer & Spirits (3)
The history, culture, and production of bourbon, beer, and spirits. An examination of the role of tourism on breweries, distilleries, economics, and communities. Prerequisite: Age requirement ≥ 21.

GTO 325 – History and Culture of Wine (3)
An exploration of interactions between wine, culture, and tourism. From a source of nutrition to a cultural symbol, the role of wine varies throughout history.

GTO 410 – Gastronomic Tour Development (3)
An analysis of competitors, gastronomic tourists, destination image, and position within a defined location.  Development of marketing, product development, and innovation.


Lauren Seaman Global Hospitality and Tourism

Lauren Seaman

Enrollment Advisor

Call or email Enrollment Advisor Lauren Seaman for information about the EKU Online Global Hospitality and Tourism program.

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Term Application Deadline Classes Begin
Fall A July 5 August
Fall B August 31 October
Spring A November 30 January
Spring B January 31 March
Summer A April 5 May
Summer B  May 31 June

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