We strive to produce passionate and service-obsessed industry professionals for the urban hospitality and tourism experience. We are located in Toronto, the heart of the Canadian hospitality and culinary industry but with global reach and influence. This is the place for discovering unmatched opportunities. The Tourism and Hospitality Management program provides exposure to new trends and emphasizes the importance of experiential learning, including local field trips and international opportunities.

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Program name
Tourism and Hospitality Management
Experiential learning
We believe in learning by doing and that is why we have incorporated work integrated learning opportunities into all CHCA programs.
2 years (4 semesters)
Starting month
September, January, May
Ontario College Diploma
Method of study

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Program Availability

Domestic students
Sept. 2020 Open
Jan. 2021 Open
May 2021 Open
International students
Sept. 2020 Closed
Jan. 2021 Opens Apr 6, 2020
May 2021 Opens Aug 3, 2020

Full Description

Do you love the excitement of travelling and learning about fascinating world cultures? Do you want to be a leader in the tourism and hospitality industry? If your passion is to create memorable experiences and use your creativity to become part of the largest industry worldwide, then join the Tourism and Hospitality Management program at George Brown College!

Through this two-year tourism diploma program, you will learn about the exciting and diverse tourism industry with courses in culinary tourism, heritage tourism, sustainable tourism, hotel operations and event planning. Graduates gain the skills required to be progressive leaders within the industry, enriching the experience of tourists. You will receive industry certifications in food safety, responsible alcohol beverage service, TICO Travel Counsellor Certification and first aid (CPR).

As part of your fourth semester, you will complete a 14-week industry externship with your choice of a nationwide or international placement. This opportunity will enhance your knowledge with real-world experience and help you start building your network of contacts. Completing the Tourism and Hospitality Management program will make you the kind of multi-talented graduate the local and international tourism industry is seeking in today’s competitive environment.

To better hone your international tourism and hospitality management skills you have the option of participating in an exclusive Experiential Study Tour.

Part Time Study Options

George Brown Continuing Education offers a variety of Hospitality & Tourism courses and certificates. See the Continuing Education Course Guide at coned.georgebrown.ca

Experiential Learning

We believe in learning by doing and that is why we have incorporated work integrated learning opportunities into all CHCA programs.

Your Field Study options

As part of your fourth semester, you will complete a 14-week industry externship with your choice of a nationwide or international placement. This opportunity will enhance your knowledge with real-world experience and help you start building your network of contacts. This valuable work experience can be added to your resume.

CHCA students can also participate in several short study abroad opportunities. Our options change often, but in recent years have included Peru, Europe, Spain, Costa Rica, India, Thailand and trips across Canada. Some trips are purely experiential learning, while others provide you with the opportunity to receive credit for a course in your program.

In addition to more formal on-the-job work experience, George Brown College endeavours to provide learning opportunities with real world challenges and clients. Find out more about field education at Centre for Hospitality and Culinary Arts.

Program Standards and Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Provide professional guest services to enhance customer satisfaction by anticipating, meeting and/or exceeding individual and organizational standards and objectives.
  2. Create marketing plans informed and supported by market research, social networks, product knowledge and sales strategies.
  3. Contribute to effective management in hospitality, tourism and leisure settings by implementing leadership skills and strategies.
  4. Evaluate and apply effective financial management and accounting practices to support operations in the tourism industry.
  5. Comply with relevant organizational and workplace systems, processes, policies, standards, legal obligations and regulations, and use knowledge of risk management principles, to support and maintain efficient, productive, safe, secure, accessible and healthy tourism operations.
  6. Apply principles of teamwork and constructive relationship management to support positive workplace culture.
  7. Integrate hospitality skills and knowledge to promote ongoing personal and professional development.
  8. Design and deliver inclusive tourism and hospitality programs, products and services that comply with all relevant legislation, conform to relevant ethical guidelines and promote best practices of corporate social responsibility.
  9. Analyze and implement sustainability practices in the tourism and hospitality industry by adapting to environmental, social, cultural, political and economic trends and issues.

Required Courses


semester courses
CodeCourse Name
HOST 1085Principles of Hospitality & Tourism Management
HOST 1033Service Excellence
HOST 1113Hotel & Lodging Operations
COMM 1007College English**
MATH 1102Math for Hospitality**
HOST 1089Global Tourism Geography
HOST 1068Smart Serve (online)
HOSF 1145Sanitation (online)
HOSF 1146Emergency First Aid/Heartsaver CPR
GNEDGeneral Education Elective


semester courses
CodeCourse Name
HOST 1096Destination Marketing
HOST 1156Culinary Tourism
ACCT 1037Hospitality Accounting
HOST 1086Managing Diverse Leisure Services
HRM 2012Human Resources Management
HOST 1146Leading, Following and Speaking with Confidence
HOST 1198TICO Travel Counsellor Certification (online)
HOST 1126Career Preparation
GNEDGeneral Education Elective


semester courses
CodeCourse Name
HOST 1049Sustainable Tourism
HOST 1091Heritage Tourism
HOST 1136Special Events Planning
ACCT 2017Managerial Accounting
LAW 2014Introduction to Hospitality Law
HOST 2085International Tourism Cultures and Behaviour
GNEDGeneral Education Elective


semester courses
CodeCourse Name
HOST 2053Tourism Management Capstone (online)
HOST 2130Industry Externship

** Based on the results of your placement test, you may be required to take COMM 1003 (English Skills) or CESL 1003 (English Skills – ESL) before progressing to COMM 1007. You may also be required to take MATH 1000 (Math Foundations) before progressing to MATH 1102 (Mathematics for Hospitality). COMM 1003/CESL 1003 and MATH 1000 do not count as courses required for graduation and you will be charged for these extra courses. Please visit georgebrown.ca/assessment for more information.

Detailed course outlines

General Education Electives

Your Career

You will be prepared for a wide range of rewarding careers at locations that include:

  • Travel and Tour Companies
  • Hotels and Resorts
  • Conference and convention centres
  • Private clubs
  • Wellness centres
  • Community Centres
  • Cruise Ships
  • Airlines
  • Government agencies

Future Study Options

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Earn a diploma and a bachelor’s degree. Qualified graduates of our Tourism and Hospitality Management program may be eligible to enter the Honours Bachelor of Business Administration (Hospitality) degree program at George Brown College as an advanced standing student in September or January. You may also choose to start in the spring bridging semester from May to August, continuing into the degree program in September. This educational path requires a minimum grade point average of 3.0 to qualify. Talk to a program co-ordinator about articulation options.

For further information, see georgebrown.ca/transferguide.


$4,077.00 * †

Additional Cost

* Amounts listed are the total of tuition, materials, student service and ancillary fees for the first two semesters of programs starting in Fall 2019. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in Fall 2020 and at later dates.

Additional Cost (subject to change)

Field trips and industry site visits$200

International students: Visit the International Fees and Related Costs page for more information.

Financial Assistance

This program is approved for OSAP funding, provided the applicant meets OSAP eligibility criteria.

Admission Requirements

Applicants are selected on the basis of their academic achievement, including the required courses, and any other selection criteria outlined below.

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent**
  • Grade 12 English (C or U)
  • Grade 11 Math (C, M or U) or Grade 12 (C or U)

Applicants may also qualify for admission through completion of the Hospitality Services (Pre-Hospitality) program (H101) with an overall grade point average of 3.0. There are a limited number of seats available and admission is not guaranteed.

** Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and no OSSD)

Mature Students may take the Admissions Assessment for English and Math, OR may consider upgrading to achieve the credit(s) needed in English and Math.

Please note that George Brown is committed to ensuring that applicants will succeed in their program of choice and meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the program. Applicants may be required to have grades higher than the minimum requirements stated.

Course Exemptions

College or university credits may qualify you for course exemptions. Please visit georgebrown.ca/transferguide for more information.

International Students

Visit the International Admissions page for more information.

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Domestic students should apply through Ontario Colleges

Health Policy

Students should be aware that various allergens, including nuts, dairy and shellfish, are routinely used in practical labs. Students should also note that George Brown College is sensitive to religious observances; however, while products purchased for production and consumption meet all provincial and federal regulations, they may not meet specific dietary laws related to Halal and Kosher foods.

Success Stories

“My experience in the program was phenomenal! The teachers are truly knowledgeable in their areas of expertise. They love sharing their first-hand experiences in the hospitality industry, and they are always willing to go above and beyond to help students achieve their full potential. This program helped me tremendously at work because specialized courses like Dining Room Theory, Professional Guest Services and Human Resources Management really come to life in my day-to-day routines. I love where my education has taken me."

Chris Soukas (Graduate, Hospitality and Tourism Management)

Contact Us


For inquiries about domestic admission requirements, admission deadlines or the admissions process, please contact the Admissions Office at admissions@georgebrown.ca or visit the Admissions web page.


For inquiries about international admission requirements, permits, visas, accommodations or anything specific to international students, please contact the International Centre at international@georgebrown.ca or visit the International Application Process web page.


For inquiries about OSAP, bursaries, scholarships and other financial inquiries, please contact the Financial Aid Office at FinAid@georgebrown.ca or visit the Financial Aid web page.

Tourism and Hospitality Management (H130)

For general School of Hospitality and Tourism Management related inquiries, please contact hospitality@georgebrown.ca

For program curriculum inquiries, please contact the Co-ordinator:

Milan Valcic, Program Co-ordinator

Email: mvalcic@georgebrown.ca

For more information about George Brown College, you may also call the Contact Centre at 416-415-2000 (TTY 1-877-515-5559) or long distance 1-800-265-2002.

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