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    Tourism and Travel - Tourism Services Specialization

(Optional Co-op)

Program Code:TIS
Duration:4 Semesters (2 Years)
Credential Awarded:Ontario College Diploma

Program Description

Seneca’s Tourism and Travel – Tourism Services Specialization diploma program is designed to provide you with an understanding of the skills, knowledge and attitudes required to work in the leisure, cruise and corporate travel sectors. Emphasis is placed on developing and honing your business skills in marketing, professional selling, negotiation, computer reservation and tourism geography. You will study and work in the Seneca uniform. By living this standard each day, you’ll become practiced in formal, occupation–specific presentation and prepared for the real world*. Best of all, as a student of the TIS program, you will gain 150 hours of valuable field placement work experience as well as an opportunity to take an optional co–op placement. Prior to graduation and launching your professional career you will write the Association of Canadian Travel Agencies’, Travel Counsellor Certification*.

In semester two of the program you can opt to continue your studies in Tourism Services or select to specialize in Meeting, Conventions and Conferences**.

* As a student of this program, you will purchase a professional uniform and obtain industry certifications at a fee. These measures are vital to the program curriculum and contribute to your professional experience.

** Students successfully completing the Tourism and Travel diploma program specializing in Meeting, Conventions and Conferences, will graduate with a Tourism and Travel diploma.

International Travel/Study Abroad

As a student in the TIS program you are eligible to apply to study abroad in your fourth semester at one of the following international institutions:

  • Fernwood Business School – Aspire Group in Pretoria, South Africa
  • Zulu Nyala Game Lodge – South Africa
  • Swiss Hotel Management School – Montreaux, Switzerland.

Industry Partnerships

Industry partners that employ our students for field placement and employment upon graduation are Active Travel, AirMiles/Loyalty Group, Merit Travel, Transat Holidays, Expedia Cruiseshipcenters, Carlson Wagonlit Travel, Victours, Royal Caribbean International Cruise Line, Donalda Club, Fairmont Hotels, Air Canada Vacations, Trafalgar Tours, Sunwing Airlines, American Express, CAA Travel, Sears Travel, Thomas Cook Travel, Tai Pan Tours, G Adventures, Sunquest Vacations, Goway Travel, Marlin Travel, Mariposa Cruise Line, Conquest, Contiki, Encore Cruises, Sheraton Hotels, Vision 2000 Travel Group, Jazz Aviation, WestJet, Porter Airlines, and Tour East Holidays, Holiday Inn Express & Suites Newmarket, Sea2Sky Travel, TNT Tours, Centre Holidays, Residence Inn by Marriott.

Field Placement

As part of your program credit hours, you will complete 150 hours of unpaid field placement in the fourth semester. You’ll receive assistance from your professor, but it is your responsibility to confirm a placement upon successful completion of all third–semester subjects before accepting a field placement position.

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility:

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent with:
    • Grade 12 English: ENG4(C) or ENG4(U)
  • OR Mature Student Status (age 19 or older) with the above prerequisite course(s), their equivalent(s) or appropriate Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) Certificate program credits (see Academic Upgrading).


  • Although not required for admission, Grade 12 Mathematics: (C) or (U) or Grade 11 Mathematics: (U) or (M) are recommended for your success in the program.


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Your Career

The tourism industry continues to be one of the largest and fastest growing sectors of the Canadian economy. In Canada there are more than 60,000 tourism businesses employing approximately 1.2 million people. Seneca’s Tourism and Travel – Tourism Services Specialization (TIS) program prepares you to explore exciting business careers in the following areas: corporate travel specialist, ground transportation, in–bound tourism, hospitality, ship and cruise service, travel retailers, event specialist, tour operators, home–based travel counsellor, convention/conference/meeting planner assistant, destination specialist, wedding planner and internet travel retailer.

Transfer Pathways

Through transfer agreements and institution partnerships, graduates of this Seneca College program may be eligible for credit at the following post-secondary institution(s):


University/CollegeDegrees Available
Ryerson University• Bachelor of Commerce, Hospitality Tourism Management


University/CollegeDegrees Available
Wilfrid Laurier University - Brantford Campus• Honours Bachelor of Arts


University/CollegeDegrees Available
Royal Roads University• Bachelor of Arts in Global Tourism Management
• Bachelor of Arts in International Hotel Management


University/CollegeDegrees Available
Davenport University• BBA – Marketing, Sport Management or BBA/MBA – Strategic Management


University/CollegeDegrees Available
Swiss Education Group• Swiss Higher Diploma in International Hotel and Tourism Management (IHTM), to Bachelor (Honours) of Arts in Hospitality and Tourism Management

Transfer Credit

Dual Credit Transfer

Students earning dual credits from an approved high school program, or from a Specialist High Skills Major, for example, Hospitality and Tourism program, may be eligible to receive transfer credits towards a credential.


  • Association of Corporate Travel Executives (ACTE)
  • Association of Canadian Travel Agencies (ACTA)
  • Cruise Line International Association (CLIA)
  • Global Business Travel Association (GBTA)
  • International Society of Travel and Tourism Educators (ISTTE)
  • Meeting Professionals International (MPI)
  • Travel Industry Council of Ontario (TICO)
  • Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC)
  • Tourism Toronto

Field Placement Education

You'll complete 150 hours of unpaid placement in the fourth semester in one of the tourism and travel segments. You'll receive assistance from your professor, but it is your responsibility to confirm a placement upon successful completion of all third semester courses before accepting a field placement position.

Co-operative Education Option

During the second semester, you’ll have the opportunity to apply for admission to the co–op option. Co–op provides you with the opportunity to secure a paid work–term between semesters three and four. It also allows you to benefit from a combination of classroom learning and real–world experience. Please note that you will have a shared responsibility for securing employment opportunities and must meet co–op entrance requirements in order to be considered.

Co–op tourism–related positions may be in travel operations, hotel services, sales, retail, event and trade shows, promotional activities and exceptional customer service positions, among others.

Co-op Model – September Start
  Fall Winter Summer
Year 1 Semester 1 Semester 2 Vacation
Year 2 Semester 3 Work–Term Semester 4

Co-op Model – January Start
  Winter Summer Fall
Year 1 Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 3
Year 2 Work–Term Semester 4  

Co-op Model – May Start
  Summer Fall Winter
Year 1 Semester 1 Semester 2 Vacation
Year 2 Semester 3 Work-Term Semester 4

Important Academic Dates

Please take a few moments to view Important Academic Dates for your relevant term.


Please select the curriculum from the Academic Year in which you started (or will be starting) your studies. An Academic Year begins in September and ends in August of the following year.

2014/2015 Academic Year
Common to All Specializations
(Fall or Winter or Summer)
Semester 1 Course Name Hrs/Wk
EAC150 College English 3
TDC100 Top Destinations for Canadian Travellers 3
TIS101 Tourism Applications 3
TIS152 Introduction to the Tourism Industry and Careers 3
TMS100 Exceptional Customer Care 3
TRT100 Reality Tourism 2
(Fall or Winter or Summer)
Semester 2  Course Name Hrs/Wk
LTS307 Leisure Travel Specialist 3
TCS200 Computer Applications for Tourism 2
TDC200 World Destinations for Canadian Travellers 3
THL100 The Hotel Business 2
TMS200 Marketing for Tourism 3
TOC317 Tour Operating and Consolidators 3
TRL300 Introduction to Business 3
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
(Fall or Winter)
Semester 3 Course Name Hrs/Wk
CAP300 Career Planning 1
TAC300 Tourism Finance 3
TMS300 Selling for Tourism 4
TCS300 Cruise Specialist 3
TRL200 Ontario Travel Industry Act 1
TSA200 Tourism Software Applications 3
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
XXXXXX Professional Option 3
CPP100 Co-op Professional Theory (co-op option only) 1
(Winter or Summer)
Co-op Work-Term (co-op option only)
(Winter or Summer)
Semester 4 Course Name Hrs/Wk
HTM330 Human Resource Management 3
HTM430 Supervision and Leadership in Hospitality 3
TIS200 Career Preparation/Placement(150 hours) 3
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
XXXXXX Professional Option 3
CPP200 Co-op Professional Practice (co-op option only) 1

2015/2016 Academic Year
Semester 1
College English
Top Destinations for Canadian Travellers
Tourism Applications
Intro to the Tourism Industry and Careers
Exceptional Customer Care
Reality Tourism
Semester 2
Leisure Travel Specialist
Computer Applications for Tourism
World Destinations
The Hotel Business
Marketing for Tourism
Tour Operating and Consolidators
Introduction to Business
General Education Option
Semester 3
Career Planning
Cruise Specialist
Tourism Finance
Selling for Tourism
Ontario Travel Industry Act
Tourism Software Applications
General Education Option
Professional Option
Co-op Professional Theory (co-op option only)
Co–op Work–Term 3
Co–op Work–Term (co–op option only)
Semester 4
Human Resource Management
Supervision and Leadership in Hospitality
Career Preparation/Placement (150 hours)
General Education Option
Professional Option
Co-op Professional Practice (co-op option only)

Professional Options

Professional options may be taken in semesters three and four. The subjects listed below are a representative sample of those which may be available. You will be advised in semester two which options will be offered for the following semesters.

Dining Room and Banquet Management
Event Planning
Meetings and Incentives
Club Management
Spa Management
Casino Management
Hotel International Management
Catering Management
Sommelier: An Introduction
Food and Wine Pairing
Volunteerism & International Development
Wedding Planning
Sustainable Tourism
Restaurant Management
Mobile Intensive Learning Experience
Cruise Specialist
Eco-Adventure Tourism
Amadeus Reservation Specialist

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Admissions Advisors:
Domestic Admissions Advisor: Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22840
International Admissions Advisor: Ida Yee
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22405
Registration & Records Advisor:
  Steve Bennett
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 77434
Program Contacts:
Student Advisor: Izabela Loranty
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 77547
Program Coordinator: Catherine Griffith-Mills
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 77405
Program Chair: Angela Zigras
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 77531
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