Hospitality management consists of a wide range of disciplines spanning across business to logistics to psychology. Although catering to tourists in lavish hotels and restaurants may seem like an unnecessary area of study, many countries derive a significant of their GDP from tourism revenues, which are in turn used to bolster their economic growth and stability.

Logistically, hospitality management is just a revised form of business management. The most effective hospitality managers, however, understand how to best manipulate human psychology in order to provide for the best/most cost-effective forms of amenities. Hospitality managers work in a variety of settings including hotels, restaurants, theme parks, transportation services, and cruise lines. Since tourism is often seen as a holistic package versus the sum of its parts, many successful hospitality managers innovate methods which are applicable across industries.