Give a Thrust to your Career in tourism sector with Tourism Management Courses

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Give a Thrust to your Career in tourism sector with Tourism Management Courses Photo by Jason White

With an interest in offering people a more engaging genre of travel experiences that feature indigenous cultures and heritage at destinations; Centennial College offer tourism management courses.

Interested candidates need to possess at least an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent or should be 19 years of age or older. In addition, they require compulsory English 12C or U skills assessment, or equivalent.

Taking two years to complete and resulting in an Ontario College Diploma, the Tourism Management – Cultural and Heritage Tourism program, as it is officially known, focuses on offering students the know-how to begin careers in the burgeoning culture and/or heritage segment of the tourism and travel industry. Now is a great time to attend this offering as the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), says cultural and heritage tourism is increasing by an unprecedented 15 percent per year.

Centennial College’s tourism management programs are all based at Progress Campus, which is also a home to other programs from the School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culture. As such, students not only have the advantage of interacting with peers and professionals from programs within their industry but they also can access facilities that enhance their learning. For example, an on-campus restaurant shows students the food and beverage side of the industry, an on-site conference centre allows students to see how a variety of events are planned, and fully-equipped computer labs ensure that students are comfortable with the latest tourism management software.

As for the Tourism Management program’s curriculum, it is grounded in an interdisciplinary learning approach that integrates the challenges faced by culture and heritage sector managers with the operative requisites commanded by the tourism industry. This results in coverage of topics such as: introduction to cultural and heritage tourism, world geography for tourism, dimensions of tourism, responsible tourism, cultural and heritage tourism principles and practices, cross-cultural behaviour in tourism and many others. 

In addition, tourism management course enable students to apply what they have learned in a practical learning experience called a work placement. Through this experience, students encounter real-life situations, add another educational dimension to their career preparation, better understand the dynamics of the industry, increase their knowledge of industry practices and it provides a competitive advantage of experience in the job market.

Once students complete tourism management program, they can enter positions at hotels, motels, travel agencies and airports. Roles vary but students of Tourism Management course are equipped to help travellers choose destinations or sites to for a vacation, create activity packages, arrange tickets, transportation and more. However, should Tourism Management students desire further education, they may obtain it through Centennial College’s partnerships. Eligible grads may participate in an articulated tourism management program with selected universities, institutes and professional associations like Athabasca University, International Hotel Management Institute (Switzerland), Vancouver Island University, University of New Brunswick and Royal Roads University (B.C.).

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In this article, Jason writes about the tourism management courses in canada at Centennial College. He further discusses how comprehensive tourism management programs prepare the students to make it big in travel industry.

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