Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Tourism Management Courses Bring Together the World’s Heritages and Tourism

In the culture and heritage tourism field, which, according to the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), is increasing by an unprecedented 15 percent per year, those who have completed Tourism Management courses play important roles. These professionals work at places that include: museums, art galleries, historic theme parks, and heritage sites and arts festivals. In their roles, they do everything from promoting tourism products, services and experiences; and identifying, selecting and implementing effective strategies to minimize negative impacts of successful tourism promotion on communities to developing strategies to establish working relationships with clients and suppliers in order to maintain and strengthen their loyalty to the organization. Additionally, these professionals who have completed Tourism Management courses develop effective management strategies that will ensure the conservation and appropriate use of irreplaceable cultural and heritage resources.

Here is how Centennial College’s Tourism Management Program — officially known as Tourism Management – Cultural and Heritage Tourism — gets students fully prepared for the field in two years.

  • UNWTO TedQual accredits the Tourism Management program.
  • Applicants interested in Centennial College’s Tourism Management courses are required to have completed at minimum an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent or be 19 years of age or older. Also required is a compulsory English 12C or U skills assessment, or equivalent.
  • Centennial College Tourism Management courses integrate the challenges facing culture and heritage sector managers with the operative requisites commanded by the tourism industry.
  • Among the specific Tourism courses offers are: Introduction to Cultural & Heritage Tourism, Ontario Cultural & Heritage Tourism Product, Managing Cultural and Heritage Facilities, Cross-Cultural Behavior in Tourism, Tour Planning and Management, Festival Management and more.
  • Tourism Management courses offer a balance between theory and practical application by seeing students partake in lectures, case studies and projects.
  • There is a distinct focus on world cultures and world heritage as they relate to tourism.
  • The Tourism Management program ensures a real-life experience for students by way of a field placement, which allows them to apply classroom theory to the real-life situations. Additionally, field placement allows them to better understand the dynamics of the industry and increases their knowledge of industry practices by witnessing it first-hand.
  • Eligible grads may participate in an articulated program with selected universities, institutes and professional associations. This tourism management program’s partners are: Royal Roads University (B.C.), International Hotel Management Institute (Switzerland), Athabasca University, Vancouver Island University, University of New Brunswick.
  • As a result of completing Tourism Management Courses, students receive an Ontario College Diploma.

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