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