Tourism and Hospitality Management Program (H130)

Program Description

Program Overview

We shape the future generation of tourism professionals who are passionate, people-focused, motivated and committed to supporting the growth and sustainability of the tourism industry at the local, national and international levels. We are located in Toronto, the heart of the Canadian hospitality and tourism industry, but with global reach and influence. The Tourism and Hospitality Management program develops your business management skills via hands-on learning, field trips, theoretical classes and practical labs; all led by industry experts.

Full Description

GBC’s Tourism and Hospitality Management program will prepare you for the exciting and diverse tourism industry. Your first year in this program addresses foundational industry knowledge. You will learn and work alongside your peers across all diploma programs in our School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, referred to as a “common first year approach.” In your first year you will gain knowledge in the areas of hotels, event planning, tourism and food and beverage, through a range of practical and theoretical courses.

Your second year in the Tourism and Hospitality Management Program will broaden your understanding of tourism-specific niche sectors, global issues, impacts and challenges facing the industry. With courses in culinary tourism, heritage tourism, sustainable tourism and international tourism, you will gain the knowledge and transferable skills needed for a successful career with travel agencies, tour companies, tourism organizations and associations and more! 

Note: George Brown College has adopted a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) initiative. As a result, we no longer have computer lab classrooms. For classes that require computers, students will need to bring their own laptops. Our Library Learning Commons offers open access computers as well as equipment that can be borrowed on a short-term basis. For more information, please contact The Centre for Hospitality and Culinary Arts at

Your Field Education 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. Completing the Tourism and Hospitality Management program will make you the kind of multitalented graduate the local and international tourism industry is seeking in today’s competitive environment.

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, and first aid (CPR). To better hone your international tourism and hospitality management skills, you have the option of participating in an exclusive Experiential Study Tour.

This program allows you to switch into any of our hospitality and tourism management programs by your second year, should your hospitality area of interest change. As well, we know life can be full of unexpected events; should you not be able to complete your final year of study, our common first year model makes you eligible to graduate with a one-year certificate in Hospitality Services (H101).  

Career & Postgraduate Study Opportunities

Career Options

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

  • travel and tour companies
  • tourism organizations and associations 
  • hotels and resorts
  • conference and convention centres
  • private clubs
  • wellness centres
  • community centres
  • cruise ships
  • airlines
  • government agencies

Educational Pathways

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 2.7 to qualify. Talk to a program coordinator about articulation options.

For further information, see Transfer Guide.

Alumni Impact

We are immensely proud of the contributions of our alumni in Toronto and around the globe.
From Michelin-starred restaurants to major construction, entertainment, community and financial organizations, our graduates are truly making an impact across a range of industries.

Latest alumni stories 

Amanda Mitchell

“This program has really surpassed my expectations. Since the classes cover a diverse range of sectors within the industry, I have gained knowledge and passion in careers I would have never known about. The professors not only show such great devotion towards their fields of expertise, but also towards their students. They genuinely care about your success and will always make themselves available to answer any questions you may have. I believe this open collaboration is what truly makes this program outstanding. After only a few weeks of graduating, I secured a position within a hotel and am really excited to begin my journey in the Hospitality industry!”

Amanda Mitchell
Ontario College Diploma

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