Canadian Tourism College – providing jobs to students along with travel opportunities

Published on : Friday, January 4, 2019

Only one tourism school in Canada has the fuselage of a Boeing 737-500 jet inside its campus for training purposes. And the tourism school happens to be the country’s oldest: Canadian Tourism College.


Founded more than 40 years ago, the school has a 5,000-square-foot facility in Surrey and a 16,000-square-foot campus on downtown Vancouver’s Melville Street, which opened last September. The fuselage was installed by a crane; it has complete interior and 30 seats for educating flight attendants.

According to Canadian Tourism College chief operating officer Benjamin Colling, the three-month flight-attendant training program is best for those who’ve always dreamed of flying. The work can range from assisting a couple celebrate a honeymoon to resuscitating a sick passenger to calming someone with a fear of flying.

Canadian Tourism College also offers diplomas in travel and tourism, as well as in hospitality and resort business management. These programs include one year of intensive study followed by one year of full-time work as a co-op student at Canadian pay levels.

Colling said, “We really believe we provide education in those fields better than any institution in Canada. I think a testament to that is the resources and investment that we put into it. It wasn’t easy to get a Boeing 737 into our school.”

The travel and tourism program offers work in many fields, including working as a travel agent and in the outdoor-adventure sector. One of the benefits of working as a travel agent is the opportunity to visit destinations around the world at heavily discounted prices.

Unlike most private institutions, Canadian Tourism College only hires full-time faculty for any programs lasting one year or longer. Colling said that this ensures superior mentorship to students.

According to the Tourism Industry Association of B.C., more than 20 million travellers visited Canada last year. Total revenues in tourism reached $97.4 billion, going up by 6.3 percent over the previous year.


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