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  • Objectives
    The Tourism and Travel - Adventure and Ecotourism 2-year diploma program is a distinctive hybrid travel and tourism program where students directly explore the travel trade and the outdoor tourism industry. This program has been designed to meet the increasing need for educated tourism professionals in many facets of the global tourism industry as well as within Ontario. We have achieved the national standard (Level I Endorsement) set by the Canadian Institute of Travel Counsellors (CITC), which is an organization that advances the professional development of travel counsellors and promotes national industry designations. Students become proficient in using the ‘Galileo Canada’ Global Distribution System which contains airline schedules, fares and other pertinent information for the tourist travelling abroad. Emphasis is placed on the business side of tourism, travel industry technology, selling techniques, and the newest trends in tourism. Students will learn about different cultures and destinations around the world through the language of geography. The students will be required to obtain Industry Certifications, choosing from a variety of outdoor pursuit programs, CITC destination specialist certifications, or online flight attendant training with the Inflight Institute.
  • Practical experience
    Students will also gain valuable experience and contacts by working in the tourism industry, part of a 16-week mandatory cooperative education program. During the fourth semester, students will experience another culture by participating on the International Field Trip. This ‘Familiarization Trip’ (as it is known in the industry) is a training device in which students will tour and visit major tourist attractions, resorts and other facilities to acquire tangible knowledge about a product or an international destination for future use as a sales tool.
  • Academic Title
    Tourism and Travel - Adventure and Ecotourism Ontario College Diploma
  • Course description
    First Semester
    Course Number / Title     Credits

    CS 021     Communication Fundamentals I *     3
    HO 100     Introduction to Hospitality & Tourism Computers     3
    TA 100     Discover North America     3
    TA 101     Dimensions of the Tourism Industry     3
    TA 103     Group Dynamics for Leadership in Tourism Activities     3
    TA 107     Creating Service Excellence     3
    TA 108     Basic Accounting Applications     3
    Total     21
                
    TA 104     Industry Certifications     2 
                
    Second Semester
    Course Number / Title     Credits

    CS 031     Communications Fundamentals II *     3
    GE 275     Experience Northern Traditions     3
    TA 200     Discover Europe and Asia     3
    TA 202     Air Travel Orientation I     3
    TA 206     Marine and Land Tours I     3
    TA 218     Parks and Heritage Interpretation     3
    Total     18
                
    TA 204     Co-op Education (16 weeks, May - August)     480
                
    Third Semester
    Course Number / Title     Credits

    LA 135     Spanish I     3
    TA 300     Discover Central and South America     3
    TA 301     Adventure Trends and Specialities     3
    TA 302     Air Travel Orientation II     3
    TA 306     Marine & Land Tours II     3
    TA 307     Marketing for Tourism     3
    Total     18

    Fourth Semester
    Course Number / Title     Credits

    General Education Elective      3
    TA 400     Discover Africa and Oceania     3
    TA 401     Risk Management, Law and Insurance     3
    TA 402     Air Travel Orientation III     3
    TA 407     The Business of an Outdoor Enterprise     3
    TA 408     Principles and Practices of Ecotoursim     3
    TA 409     Study Abroad Experience     3
    Total     21

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