Tourism - Destinations and Travel Management
(Optional Co-op)

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Program description - September 2024

Do you want to join one of the most vibrant and dynamic industries and make people's travel dreams come true? Embark on an exciting journey in the ever-evolving world of travel and tourism with Conestoga's two-year Ontario College Diploma program.

The program is designed for individuals eager to create extraordinary travel experiences. The courses encompass extensive skills vital for a career in the Tour, Travel, Airline, and Cruise industries. This program will prepare you to work in various areas, including Reservations, Groups, Operations, Sales, Marketing, Product, and Events Coordination.

Throughout your learning adventure, you will cover a broad spectrum of expertise, from developing entrepreneur skills to fostering an understanding of digital marketing, financial management, sustainability, and the exciting sectors of adventure, sport, luxury, and eco-travel. You may want to participate in a study abroad course while sailing on a Caribbean cruise!

Throughout the program, you will:

  • explore local tourist destinations in the surrounding Waterloo, Niagara, and Toronto regions while assessing these attractions' attractiveness and marketing value.
  • gain proficiency in industry-standard software platforms. At the same time, you explore emerging tools and technologies in travel, such as data analytics and blockchain applications, and niche tourism trends, such as space tourism, hipster cruises, and foodie airports.
  • engage with guest speakers from across the industry who bring diverse perspectives and invaluable insights from the world of tourism.
  • experience hands-on, project-based learning as you craft Travel and Tour plans, creating customized itineraries encompassing product development, marketing strategies, costing, and advertising techniques.
  • be equipped with certifications, including SmartServe and Safe Food Handlers.

Upon graduation, this program also prepares you to write the Association of Canadian Travel Agencies and Travel Advisors (ACTA) and Travel Industry Council of Ontario (TICO) examinations. For eligible candidates, the program offers an optional co-op opportunity.

Join us in transforming travel dreams into unforgettable realities and shaping the future of tourism, one innovative step at a time.

Program details

Code: 1023
Start: September 2024
Campus: Waterloo
Delivery: Hybrid
Length: 2 years
Credential: Ontario College Diploma

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Tuition & fees

Tuition and fee details for the 2024-2025 year are listed below. Books and supplies may be additional.

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Program device requirements

Program device & software requirements

This program requires you to have a device that meets certain specifications. For most students, this cost is in addition to the tuition & fees listed above.

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Financial assistance

The Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) is a needs-based program designed to help Ontario students cover the cost of post-secondary education. Funded by the federal and provincial governments, OSAP is intended to promote equality of opportunity for post-secondary studies through direct financial assistance for educational costs and living expenses. These interest-free loans are intended to supplement your financial resources and those of your family. The majority of students apply for loan assistance via the OSAP website. Students can also print the application booklet through the OSAP website. For more information, please visit OSAP & aid.

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Co-op information

  • Co-op programs add value to your education. Earn money while you apply what you've learned in a real workplace environment. Visit Co-operative education for more information.
  • The College cannot guarantee co-op employment. All co-op students are required to conduct an independent co-op job search in addition to the supports and services provided by the Department of Co-op Education.
  • Students are responsible for their own transportation and associated costs in order to complete work term requirements. Work locations may not always be readily accessible by public transportation.
  • In order for a student to participate in a WIL experience/Co-op work term, students must be legally eligible to work in Canada.

Applying to the co-op stream

  • All applicants apply to the non co-op program. Students will be informed of the application deadline and process to apply for the Co-op Stream. Labour market conditions determine the number of co-op seats in optional co-op programs. Not every student who meets academic eligibility requirements will be admitted to the co-op stream.
  • To be considered for admission to the co-op stream, students are required to achieve a minimum 70% session weighted average, with no dropped or failed courses during the term that occurs two terms prior to the co-op work term.
  • International students will require work permits to utilize the co-op job board for job search and to accept employment. Students are currently experiencing longer than usual wait times for work permits. Please be advised that there will be no co-op program service fee refunds after the program withdrawal for refund date. Students that have not received their work permit and choose to remain in co-op after the program withdrawal for refund date do so at their own risk and will not be refunded. If you are concerned about receiving your work permit in time to achieve co-op employment, please discuss your situation with your co-op advisor as early as possible.

Delivery sequence - September 2024 - Waterloo

This delivery sequence is for the co-op option.

There is no co-op delivery sequence.