In this article, the emphasis is on demonstrating how wide ranging the knowledge is that students gain in Hospitality and Tourism Administration at Centennial College.
As Canada's largest employment sector, tourism and hospitality sees revenues in excess of $61 billion and employs over 1.6 million Canadians across the country. While many other programs that prepare students for the hospitality and tourism focus on one specialty, Centennial College's Hospitality and Tourism Administration program prepares students to work in a wide range of areas. Among these areas are: hotel and restaurant general management, human resources management, sales and marketing management, convention services coordination, tour coordination, food and beverage management, housekeeping management and hotel financial management.
How is it possible for a three-year offering to cover such a wide range of topics? Let's take a look.
1. Students receive a comprehensive understanding of the largest inbound tourism industry in Canada.
2. Students are admitted at three points throughout the year.
3. Courses cover a full range of business practices in marketing, human resources, finance and industry operations - as applied to the entire hospitality and tourism field.
4. Among the specific courses are: Dimensions of Tourism, Beverage Knowledge and Bartending, Introduction to Cultural and Heritage Tourism, Introduction to Hospitality Accounting, Front Office Operations, Customer Relationship Management, Meeting and Convention Management, Groups and Incentives, Hospitality and Tourism Law and Security, Marketing Strategies and more.
5. The College houses a full service hospitality management centre, an onsite conference centre and state-of-the-art computer labs.
6. The conference centre is fully run by students.
7. Students have access to the various facilities to apply what they have learned in their classes. The computer labs are equipped with the latest travel and tourism software.
8. The ultimate hands-on experience students enjoy is a four-day-per-week, 15-week field placement in the final semester.
9. Many companies hire students after their work experience.
10. Companies that have hired Hospitality and Tourism Administration students include: Tourism Toronto, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Hyatt Hotels & Resorts, Marriott Hotels & Resorts, Wyndham International, Choice International and SIR Corp.
Applicants interested in studying tourism and hospitality administration are asked to have competed an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or mature student status (19 years or older). They must also have the English Grade 12 C or U or equivalent, or skills assessment.