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Business - Tourism

Business - Tourism

Gain solid business skills as you learn to design authentic and unique travel experiences.

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Start Date:
Typical Length:
2 Years
$3,515 (Domestic) • $11,350 (International)
Tuition is valid for the 2020-21 academic year. Program costs and fees (textbooks, supplies, etc.) are additional.
+Locations & Availability

September 2020
Campus/Location DeliveryIn-class – Complete your program through courses that are held at a campus.

Online – All program courses are delivered online.

Blended – Complete your program through a combination of online and in-class courses (some courses are delivered 100% online). In-class courses are held at a campus.

Collaborative – program is delivered virtually on campus
Akerley Campus • Dartmouth Full time • In-class Seats available
Kingstec Campus • Kentville Full time • In-class Seats available


Pursue your passion for adventure and travel while meeting new people and gaining the skills and experiences to succeed in the tourism industry.

Research shows that travelers are looking for more when they select a destination or plan a trip. They don't want to simply see things, they want to be engaged and immerse themselves in the experience while travelling.

Learn the processes and best practices involved in creating, developing and managing visitor experiences. You also learn strategies for providing culturally relevant customer service, while developing an understanding of solid entrepreneurial business practices – from human resources and leadership to finances and strategic marketing.

Admission requirements

  • High School Graduation Diploma or equivalent.
    • International students – High school diploma equivalency and English language requirements vary by country. View details

Program requirements

  • You're required to complete industry seminars and certifications, including Responsible Beverage Service, Basic Food Safety and Emergency First Aid, CPR Level A (or Wilderness and Remote First Aid).
    • Additional certifications may be required depending on the electives you choose.
    • There may be additional fees associated with seminars or certifications related to your electives.
  • Portfolio Development – As part of your studies at NSCC, you develop a portfolio of your work; the portfolio captures your achievements and profiles your skills to employers.

Tuition, fees and program costs

In addition to annual tuition, there are program costs (books, tools, etc.) and student fees for college services, health and dental plans, your student association and parking.

View detailed program fees page(s). Please note that tuition values on these pages are for 2019/20 and are meant for planning purposes only. They don't represent final amounts owing.

Co-operative education

  • The Business Tourism program includes a mandatory co-operative education (co-op) credit course between year one and two.
  • Co-op provides an opportunity for paid, full-time employment – in a field related to your program.
  • Our co-op program follows Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning Canada (CEWIL) guidelines.
  • For more information visit Work Experience Opportunities.

Career options

  • Whether you seek employment with tourism operators, community or government agencies, or are interested in creating your own business to showcase your passion for experiences in Tourism, your range of career options is as varied as the industry itself. You can work in:
    • Outdoor adventure
    • Cultural and heritage tourism
    • The airline or cruise ship sector
    • Visitor services
    • Attractions
    • Craft beverage sector
  • In the next decade, Nova Scotia will need thousands of new and highly skilled employees, across all tourism sectors. The Canadian Tourism Human Resource Council (CTHRC) estimates 240,000 jobs will be available in the tourism industry by 2035. (CTHRC 2015).

Choose NSCC

  • Experiential learning is a cornerstone to this program. You'll learn through projects, simulations, excursions and many other hands-on activities.
  • Our classrooms are set up to mirror real-life tourism-working environments. Learn alongside students in our teaching and learning restaurant and get real-world experience, practical skills and knowledge you can take further.
  • Our instructors are experts and tour operators who keep in close contact with the tourism and hospitality industry, ensuring what you learn is current and relevant.
  • Small class sizes provide you with lots of one-on-one interaction, where you can apply your learning, ask questions and share.
  • You have many opportunities to network with tourism industry partners both on- and off-campus.

Other info

  • Graduates of the Tourism Hospitality program can apply for advanced standing to the second year of this program.
  • If you have food allergies and sensitivities to environmental conditions, be aware that you may be exposed to substances that may affect these sensitivities.

Courses may include

Course descriptions
Code Course
ACTG 1015   Basic Accounting for Managers
BSTM 2280   International Tourism Destinations and Trends
BSTM 2300   Community Tourism Planning
BSTM 2410   Festival and Event Planning
BSTM 4000   Applied Tourism Development
COMM 1205   Communications - Workplace Foundations
COMM 2220   Applied Managerial Communications
COMP 1105   Business Computer Technology
COMP 2110   Spreadsheets I
ENTR 2000   Foundations of Entrepreneurship
FINC 2300   Finance for Tourism
LEGL 1250   Tourism Law
MGMT 2040   Human Resource Management for Tourism
MKTG 2700   Digital Marketing for Tourism
SAFE 1000   Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
SAFE 1001   Introduction to NS OH&S Act
TOUR 2996COOP   Cooperative Education A
TOUR 2997COOP   Cooperative Education B
TRHS 1000   Introduction to Tourism
TRHS 1020   Guest Service Essentials
TRHS 1030   Food and Beverage Service Foundations
TRHS 1040   Introduction to Tourism Marketing
TRHS 1200   Accommodations
TRHS 1240   Wine, Spirits and Beer Fundamentals
TRHS 1250   Leadership Essentials and Group Dynamics
TRHS 1260   Nova Scotia Tourism
    Business - Tourism Elective Course Requirement. Students must take one (1) unit from a prescribed list of courses.

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