University preference is one of the most important determinants of an individual's business life. In this respect there are many elements to be considered when making department preferences in the university. One of these elements is an individual's personality. The department preference an individual makes in accordance with their personality traits plays an important role in the education process and their employment in the field they trained as well as the success in business life. It is important for the tourism professionals to have certain personality traits , because it is required to interact with people from different cultures, communicate well with them and displaying emotional effort. The purpose of this research is to determine the personality traits of the students who are studying at undergraduate level in Turkey and to present suggestions in the future of tourism education. In this context, a questionnaire consisting of five dimensions including openness, extroversion, self-discipline, compatibility and emotional balance was applied to 828 students who had undergraduate tourism education in 8 universities within the framework of five factor personality theory. The obtained data were analyzed with statistical package program. According to analysis, it is found that experiential openness and self-discipline dimension express the highest personality trait, while the lowest personality trait is the emotional balance dimension. The results of the t test and the one-way analysis of variance for the independent samples in order to determine the differences according to the demographic characteristics of the students revealed that the self discipline dimension differs according to the education class and the emotional balance and the experiential openness dimensions differ according to the income status of the families of the students. The findings of the study and its results have been evaluated in the context of the future of tourism education.
Tourism, Tourism Education, Tourism Profession, Personality Traits