The world of tourism requires talented and passionate individuals with a broad understanding of the complex, interdisciplinary nature of the industry and its ability to thrive within communities and the global marketplace. The Tourism Management Diploma provides students with an overview of the tourism industry along with management skills for this diverse and integrated industry The program includes courses that address tourism and business management functions as well as providing opportunities to network and build connections within the sector. An integral part of the program is a co-op, as well as a faculty-supervised tourism sector study course, which will allow students to engage in experiential learning within the tourism community. Core themes include tourism and hospitality operations, sustainability, service management, marketing, and industry diversity. Upon graduation, students are well-suited for supervisory or front-line management positions in tourism and hospitality.
Senior secondary students who enter the Tourism Management Diploma program with a minimum grade of 73% in Accounting 12 may receive credit for TOUR 115.
Senior secondary students who enter the Tourism Management Diploma program and who have completed and passed both Entrepreneurship 11 and Marketing 11 may receive credit for BUAD 116 (or TOUR 130 as courses are equivalent).
Mature applicants are at least 19 years of age and have been out of full-time senior secondary study for at least one year. Senior secondary graduation will be waived for mature applicants. Mature applicants without English 12 can write the LPI and must receive a minimum score of level 4. Mature applicants without Mathematics 11 can take the mathematics diagnostic test, administered by Okanagan College. A minimum score of 16/25 is required.
Applicants who ultimately fail to satisfy the specific English and/or math entrance requirements may be granted admission to and be allowed to remain enrolled in the Tourism Management Diploma program as qualifying students subject to the availability of space after the admission and registration of qualified applicants. Qualifying students may concurrently register in a maximum of three first-year business or tourism courses, any three for which they satisfy the prerequisites. Qualifying first-year tourism management students will not be considered to be continuing students and will, therefore, be allowed to continue in the program after the qualifying year only if all outstanding course entrance requirements have been successfully completed.
Successful completion of the prescribed and elective courses as listed in the program outline with a minimum graduating grade average of 60%. Students are also required to successfully complete a co-op work term.
Food, Wine & Tourism
This program is student loan eligible.
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