Friday, June 22, 2012

Hotel Management Program Offers Various Career Options

It’s a combination of practical practice, industry experience and solid theory that makes Centennial College’s hotel management program, officially known as Hotel, Resort and Restaurant Management, stand apart from other such undertakings. Designed as a post-graduate program, this offering is ideal for those with a college diploma or university degree in hospitality, tourism or related discipline who wish to transition into a managerial role. In fact, having such a credential is one of the requirements to apply to the hotel management course. Centennial College will also consider students who have a partial post secondary education and relevant work experience in hospitality. Applicants who wish to attend the hotel management courses at Centennial must able to present a resume with relevant work experience as it may be requested.

It is a great time to enter positions within hotel and restaurant general management, human resources management, sales and marketing management, convention services management, and cruise lines as the industry (through accommodation, food and beverage sectors) brings in $18.8-billion in revenue and employs 1,086,000 people. Centennial College’s hotel management program actually prepares students for all of these roles in just two semesters.

Due to its intense pace, students should be prepared to cover many topics in a short span of time. For example, they will become comfortable with hotel management topics such as: finance, human resources, labour relations, oenology, international operations, leadership, entrepreneurship, security and risk, service quality, marketing and revenue management. Among the specific hotel management courses in this offering are: Managing Service Quality and Business Excellence (enhances participants’ understanding of what actually constitutes quality, the nature of service, and strategies for improving it); Hospitality Revenue and Distribution Management (provide students with an in-depth knowledge of optimizing hotel revenues by using forecast information in capacity management, discount allocation, duration control and other yield management tools); International Hotel, Resort and Restaurant Management (through the research and development of current issues, this hotel management course gives students the background to plan, develop, market and manage hospitality industries in the international arena); and others.

Rounding out their hotel management courses, students partake in a two-day-per week industry placement for 15 weeks in semester two. The hotel management program field placement gives students a chance to experience the industry by working in approved jobs within the hospitality arena. A field placement that may result in positions with reputable companies such as Delta Hotels & Resorts, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts, InterContinental Hotel Group, Marriott Hotels & Resorts, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Hyatt Hotels & Resorts and more.

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