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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:
2 Years
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September 2019
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 Waitlist
Kingstec Campus • Kentville Full time • In-class Seats available

Program Overview

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 travellers are looking for more when they select a destination or plan a trip. They do not 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 and strategies for providing culturally relevant customer service whether you work for someone else, or decide to start your own Tourism business.

You'll also develop 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

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 that what you learn is current and relevant.
  • Small class sizes provide you with lots of one-on-one interaction, so you'll have plenty of opportunity to apply your learning, ask questions and share.
  • You have many opportunities to network with tourism industry partners both on- and off-campus.
    • There's also an opportunity for involvement in the annual Tourism Industry Association of Nova Scotia (TIANS) conference.
    • Participate in a variety of events and meet potential employers, entrepreneurs and tourism professionals who visit campuses as guest speakers.

Employment Opportunities

  • 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 and includes:
    • Outdoor adventure
    • Cultural & heritage tourism
    • Airlines and cruise ships
    • Visitor services
    • Attractions
    • Craft beverage industry
  • In the next decade, Nova Scotia will need thousands of new and highly skilled employees, across all tourism sectors.

Co-operative Education

  • The Business – Tourism Diploma program includes a mandatory co-operative education (co-op) credit course. Co-op provides an opportunity for paid employment – in a field related to your program – between your first and second year. Successful completion of the Co-operative Education course is required for entry into the second year of the program.
    • Your co-op placement provides an opportunity to "earn while you learn" and you may complete your paid work term with an employer locally, or even around the world.

Other Info

  • Shift work is an integral part of this occupation.
    • You should be prepared for this and other physical demands.
  • If you have food allergies and sensitivities to environmental conditions, be aware that you may be exposed to substances that may affect these sensitivities.
  • Seminars and Certifications – You will complete industry seminars and certifications, including WorldHost, Responsible Beverage Service, Basic Food Safety.
    • Additional certifications may also be required depending on the electives you choose.
    • There may be additional fees associated with seminars or certifications related to your electives.
  • Graduates of the Tourism Hospitality program can apply for advanced standing to the second year of this program.

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.

Additional Graduation Requirements

Basic Food Safety Training
Emergency First Aid,CPR Level A
Portfolio Development
Serve Right, Responsible Beverage Server Training

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