Do you seek adventure, travel, and meeting people from all over the world? This program is designed for individuals who are either looking to begin or advance a career in the tourism sector, or start their own tourism business.
No matter what part of the tourism industry interests you, this program provides a solid foundation of skills and experiences that can open doors to great opportunities, with unlimited potential worldwide. These include working as a tour guide, event planner, winery associate, restaurant or bar manager, destination developer, managing a hotel or international resort, or working for an airline or cruise ship.
A key focus of this program is connecting you to tourism professionals (both on- and off-campus) so you learn by seeing, doing and experiencing. For instance, you may find you have class in a vineyard, a restaurant, on a hiking trail, at an industry conference, a festival or in a hotel simulation program.
This program starts by providing an overview, which enables you to explore a variety of options, and discover your strengths and interests. After your first term, you choose between concentrations in Experiential Tourism, Hotel & Restaurant Management, or Open (which is a combination of the two) to prepare for your career choice. In addition, between your first and second year, you put your skills into practice with job placements locally, across the country, or around the world, through our cooperative education (co-op) course.