Toronto declared a travel destination for its culture and its college program

By: Natalie Carrigan

Toronto has made a name for itself as one of the leading destinations in Canada. The capital of Ontario, Toronto is a harbor of cultural and heritage sites, fun attractions, and diverse ethnic cuisines. It also holds one of the most diverse postsecondary institutions and Ontarioís first college, Centennial College. A destination on its own right, Centennial College offers plenty of exciting programs that attract students across the province and from around the world. If you want to explore more about this college, take a ride and enroll in tourism and travel courses.

Discover the wonders of the world in one spot by enrolling at Centennialís Tourism and Travel (1824) program. The arts, culture, and heritage of countries around the globe are studied in the program, with a hospitality and business outlook. Students will also learn in a blended setting of lectures and applied learning through projects and an internship in the final semester. Here are some program highlights:

This unique travel and tourism degree program is accomplished within a year, compared to other colleges, ensuring that students learn sufficient skills and knowledge while being able to enter the workforce sooner than the competition.

It is open to start in all three semesters (fall, winter, and spring), to remain flexible to student needs and availabilities.

An optional international field trip is offered to students who wish to gain practical experience and connect with peers and industry professionals abroad, which comes as very useful when working in the travel and tourism industry.

Networking opportunities and additional industry knowledge are gained from volunteer opportunities offered to Tourism and Travel students. Some examples of past volunteer work involved trade shows and organizations dealing directly in the tourism industry.

Obtain the industry certification, Travel Industry Council of Ontario (TICO), within the program.

The program is recognized by industry leader, the Canadian Institute of Travel Counsellors (CITC). In addition to the confirmed high standards of the programís curriculum, students win many perks, including a CITC student membership and a Students in Travel conference.

The Tourism & Travel Field Placement in the third semester not only ensures that students have an education and work experience prior to entering the job market, but many students are hired directly from these placements. Students are placed within the industry in job positions relevant from their studies.

Students graduating become Travel Consultants, so it is important that they know the world. A big portion of the program has a Destinations course, which is a study of the major tourist destinations around the world. It is divided into three semesters with different areas of focus: Western Hemisphere, Europe & Africa, and Asia & the Pacific. It explores the natural and man-made attractions, UNESCO Heritage Sites, and the people and culture of those locations.

Variety of topics, related to hospitality and the travel and tourism industry are captivated in the Tourism and Travel programs. Upon building a sustainable career, Centennial infuses the semester with business courses such as Sales and Marketing, Accounting, and Professional Selling as they relate in the industry. With the knowledge and experience gained by students, they are able to complete this diploma program with the confidence of knowing their way around the travel and tourism industry.

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