Tourism - it's the largest and fastest-growing industry in the world - and it's one of the largest employers in Canada and BC.
In Canada, over one out of every 10 workers is employed in the tourist sector - that's about 1.7 million people.
BC's tourist industry currently employs about 220,000 people. Provincial government studies project that figure will climb to 300,000-330,000 jobs in the coming years, largely driven by interest and activities connected with the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver-Whistler.
The Hospitality Management Program offers great ways for you to start your career. You'll gain valuable industry contacts while participating in special events and projects. You'll meet major employers at our major Spring career recruiting fair - operations such as Fairmont Hotels and Resorts, Sandman Hotels, and - if you like travel - Disney World Florida.
As you explore career options, the industry is divided into eight major specialties (source: Canadian Tourism Human Resource Council)
- Adventure Tourism and Recreation
- Events and Conferences
- Food and Beverage (the largest sector)
- Tourism Services
- Travel Trade
For more information on careers in the Canadian tourism sector go to the Canadian Tourism Human Resources Council.