Turn your love of travelling into a rewarding and exciting career. The Tourism and Travel program offers you the chance to explore the many career opportunities in the world of travel.
|Program Status:||Accepting Applications|
|Co-ordinator:||Patti Watson Email|
|Credential:||Ontario College Diploma|
|Start Dates:||January 12, 2015|
|Tuition Fees:||$1,893.09 per semester*|
|* Tuition and fees subject to change.|
You will learn about different destinations and cultures while you acquire the leadership and practical skills needed to work for tour operators, destination marketing organizations, travel agencies, or tourism and travel service providers.
- Travel to a global destination and experience the growing volunteer tourism business niche
- Learn the key elements of business with a focus on tourism and travel through courses such as Discovering Destinations, Travel Products, Tourism Marketing, Tour Operations, Adventure and Ecotourism, Tourism Trends and Airfare and Reservations Systems
- Experience the real working world with a 200 hour field placement that provides practical experience, career opportunities and connections
Why Choose Fleming
Our program is the only program in the Ontario college system that grants work placement hours to travel to a foreign country and gain volunteer experience. Students travel to Jamaica where they learn about the Caribbean travel industry, local destination resorts and take part in volunteer work in the community, working in a soup kitchen and working with schoolchildren.
"I have always had a love for travel, but it wasn"t until I started the Tourism and Travel program that I realized all the different aspects of the sector. I learned everything from planning to promotion, to living the travel experience. The opportunity to participate in the SAFE (Study Abroad Field Experience) trip to Jamaica was definitely a draw to Fleming College. The humanitarian aspect allowed me to learn more about myself and who I am. This program was more than I expected and showed me this is where I belong!"
Risa Bedard, Program Graduate
With your degree (in a non-business discipline) you can fast track this program:
- Start in September
- Study for 2 consecutive semesters
- Graduate in just 8 months
- Ready to start your new career in Tourism and Travel
You have the opportunity to travel on a field trip and volunteer on projects with local people, experience and understand why people travel to resort destinations. You are also required to solicit and complete a minimum of 200 hours of field placement, to practice the theories and skills studied in class. It is recommended that students complete 100 hours between semester two and three and the remainder before graduating. This gives you the opportunity to network and meet potential employers.
Industry careers include:
- Tour escort
- Travel counsellor
- Tourism marketing manager
- Meetings/special events co-ordinator
- Tour operator/reservationist
- Hotel front desk associate
- Cruise line/resort activities director
- Visitor information counsellor
You'll find work with tour wholesalers, airlines, travel agencies, destination marketing organizations, cruise lines, hotels, and government tourism organizations. Employers include GTS - Lufthansa Airlines, The Holiday Network, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Fairmount Hotels, Ontario Waterway Cruises, and Sunquest Vacations among others.
Minimum Admission Requirements
OSSD with the majority of credits at the College (C) and Open (O) level, including:
- 2 College (C) English courses (Grade 11 or Grade 12)
- 1 College (C) Math course (Grade 11)
When (C) is the minimum course level for admission, (U) or (U/C) courses are also accepted.
Recommended (but not required for admission):
- Grade 12 College (C) Math
If you are 19 years of age or older before classes start, and you do not possess an OSSD, you can write the Canadian Adult Achievement Test to assess your eligibility for admission. Additional testing or academic upgrading may be necessary to meet specific course requirements for this program.
*Note: students starting in January are required to attend classes over the summer semester.
You'll spend approximately $1,000 per year for books and supplies. In semester three, if you register for the Study Abroad Field Experience (SAFE) course there will be an additional cost of approximately $2000.
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For more information see the Pathways to University page.
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