The Department of Recreation and Tourism was founded in 2001, when former Department of Recreation was reorganised into two departments: Recreation and Tourism, Recreational Architecture and Landscape. From the beginning the programme of Recreation and Tourism has been and still is especially popular at Klaipėda University. The number of students in the department is increasing and the programme of Recreation and Tourism is among the most attractive study programmes offered at Klaipėda University. Study programmes in the field of recreation and tourism are original, reflect the need of specialists not only in Lithuania but also abroad. Students are offered innovative specialisations that reflect the needs of competitive labour market – Health Tourism and E-tourism and Innovations.
Implementing study programmes, participating in researches and projects, the Department of Recreation and Tourism cooperates with national and regional authorities and business institutions, State Department of Tourism under the Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Lithuania, foreign universities. In January, 2017 the Council of Social Partners was established. The main aim of Council’s activities – survey of the conformity of recreation and tourism study programmes to the needs of labour market, suggestions regarding the issues of improvement of programme’s content and quality. The Department of Recreation and Tourism refers to the principle provision of Klaipėda University to satisfy the needs of West Lithuania that an important part is related to regularities of development of the seaside recreational territories, resort areas, and tourism as well as the development of wellness ideas.