Algonquin College's new Bachelor of Hospitality and Tourism Management program offers career opportunities around the world

OTTAWA, May 17 /CNW/ - Algonquin College is pleased to launch its new Bachelor of Hospitality and Tourism Management program, one in a select few programs of its kind in Canada. This new program will open career opportunities around the world for students who want to learn both the practical and theoretical skills needed to become a leader in the Hospitality and Tourism industry.

"The hospitality and tourism industry is absolutely booming here in Canada and around the globe," says Altaf Sovani, Chair, School of Hospitality and Tourism, Algonquin College. "When you look across the country, there are not many options for students seeking this level of hospitality and tourism training. This degree will help graduates achieve higher level positions within the industry.

Matthew Gifford, a student registered in the new Bachelor of Hospitality and Tourism Management program relates, "I've been working in the industry for about half-a-decade and I wanted to go back to school to help move through the ranks faster. After looking into a few costly schools overseas, I was thrilled to learn Algonquin College was launching this new program in the fall."

This four-year program is designed to give students a solid knowledge of hospitality and tourism business operations, effective leadership and management skills, and strong analysis and problem-solving skills so they are ready to perform in today's dynamic and complex global business environment. A strong experiential component, including two coop work terms, provides the context for learners to integrate theory and practice and apply their learning in a variety of business situations.

The courses in this program were developed based on nation-wide industry-driven needs and are relevant to a national, and international, audience.

"The curriculum in this program is driven and supported by the industry," explains Michael Tarnowski, Developer and Coordinator or the Bachelor of Hospitality and Tourism Management program. "Working to develop this program with leaders in the industry has allowed us to prepare relevant curriculum that blends hands-on and theoretical education. This program is pegged to produce job-ready graduates who can smoothly make the transition from the classroom to management roles in the hospitality and tourism sector."

"Our industry is always looking for skilled leaders," says Tony Pollard, President of the Hotel Association of Canada. "We are enthusiastically awaiting the first graduates from this program who we anticipate will be the next generation of leaders in our industry."

To develop this strong managerial background, the Degree program offers courses focused on leadership, management, and entrepreneurship. The Hospitality Business Simulation and Analysis course, for instance, uses a hotel operational training simulation software program to simulate the operation and management of a hotel. Throughout this simulation, students are required to determine strategies, make decisions, and apply business management principles across various departments including finance, sales, marketing, operations, and human resources.

Students will also learn in a variety of courses that focus on sustainability and other global hospitality and tourism issues, such as:  Global Perspectives, Global Citizenship, Sustainable Tourism, Environmental Economics, and International Management.

"Sustainability is a critical component in the success of tomorrow's global hospitality and tourism industry," explains Tarnowski. "Managers need to know how to source products that have a positive effect on the bottom-line, while being good stewards of the environment."

The Bachelor of Hospitality and Tourism Management program will welcome its first students in September 2012. Applicants, who have previous related college credentials, may receive course credits to help fast-track their way through the program.

This is Algonquin College's fourth degree program following the success of the Bachelor of Applied Business: eBusiness Supply Chain Management, Bachelor of Applied Arts: Interior Design, and the Bachelor of Applied Technology: Photonics programs.

For more information, please visit: http://www.algonquincollege.com/BHTM

About Algonquin College:
Algonquin College of Applied Arts and Technology is located in the Nation's Capital and the Ottawa Valley and is the largest college in Eastern Ontario. Algonquin is a leader in the integration of technology into learning. Algonquin College has a diverse population of more than 18,000 full-time students and over 36,000 part-time registrations in over 170 programs and is committed to student success. www.algonquincollege.com  or follow us at www.twitter.com/algonquincolleg

SOURCE Algonquin College

For further information:

David Hall, Communications Officer, Algonquin College
Office: (613) 727-4723 ext. 2091
Cell: (613) 220-7796
david.hall@algonquincollege.com

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