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Travel and Tourism Courses Offer Balance of Theory and Practice


									  Travel and Tourism Courses Offer Balance of Theory
                     and Practice

Did you know that respected companies such as Marlin Travel, Sears Travel,
Thomas Cook Group, Carlson Wagonlit, Air Transat/Nolitours, Goway, Sunwing,
Travel Corporation and Kensington Tours are seeking professionals who have
attended one of Ontario’s Tourism and Travel programs and have the know-
how to assist travellers who are increasingly visiting more exotic destinations
that offer both fun and educational opportunities?

That’s where Centennial College’s Tourism and Travel program, which takes just
one year to complete, comes in. Designed to prepare students for employment
in either retail or wholesale travel companies such as tour operations, retail
travel agencies, Internet booking agencies, tourist offices, and cruise and
airlines, it consists of both theory and practical application. “After researching
many colleges, I chose Centennial as it provided the most for the course I was
interested in,” says Hristiana Dzhelbova, a 2011 graduate. “The Tourism and
Travel program is a fast-track course offering essential industry insight, industry
certifications and qualifications, and a placement at an established company.
The instructors are very helpful and always making sure the students fully
comprehend the lessons.”

Let’s take a more detailed look at some of the benefits that Hristiana describes.
First and foremost, during their time in the program, students attend Tourism
and Travel courses that cover topics such as airline tariffs and ticketing,
accommodation and ground transportation and the cruise industry as well as
extensive world destination topics, including culture and heritage training,
passport and visa requirements, travel security, customer sales and service, and
more. Additionally, students receive Apollo and Sabre computerized airline
reservation system training, and cruise line training includes the Cruise Line
International Association (CLIA) two as well as a half-day “training fest”
conducted by CLIA-Trainers. There is also a chance for optional CPR training is
provided in the third semester.

To round out training and to ensure that Tourism and Travel program students
have practical experience prior to graduation, they attend a third-semester
internship. The three-day-a-week experience sees students shadow
professionals in the field, network and gain new knowledge while applying what
they have learned. Taking the practical component a step further is the fact that

Address: Centennial College, P.O. Box 631, Station A, Toronto M1K 5E9, Ontario, Canada
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this Travel and Tourism program offers students an international trip that
provides practical exposure to all aspects of travel. Lastly, they may volunteer
at major events in and around Toronto such as the Walk of Fame, Rendezvous
Canada and various trade shows.

It is worth noting that CITC knowledge exam and Travel Industry Council of
Ontario (TICO) minimum standards exam are included as a part of the Tourism
and Travel program.

Tourism and Travel program applicants must have completed at minimum an
Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent or be 19 years of age
or older. In addition, students should have completed the compulsory English
12C or U or skills assessment or equivalent. Please note that possession of
minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission into the

                                                                                    Author: Emma

Address: Centennial College, P.O. Box 631, Station A, Toronto M1K 5E9, Ontario, Canada
Tel: 416-289-5000, Email:                                   Page 2

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