Tourism Management

With over 1 billion global travellers there’s a world of career opportunities!

The people who work in this industry are skilled professionals that shape the visitor experience through product development, activity planning, destination development, and smart business practices. The Rocky Mountains are part of our daily living and this region is a top rural and mountain destination, not to mention a Biosphere Certified Destination. The Tourism Management program prepares you for a career in resorts, hotels, and other aligned tourism operations with a focus on the sustainability of people, places, and planet.

You will find our classrooms as international as the industry, we welcome over 30 countries to our programs which is an advantage as you learn about the impact of this industry on everything from small communities such as Cranbrook to larger more well known destinations such as Paris or Singapore! Your academic courses, along with a practical work experience and specialty courses, means you graduate with both academic and professional experience.

A few specialty courses that should pique your interest are:

  • Introduction to Tourism Management
  • Principles of Marketing
  • Industry Certifications
  • Sustainable Tourism

Choose from a two-year diploma or a one-year certificate. The program is available online, face to face, or a mix of both- whatever works for you and, it may vary semester to semester! Loving what you’re learning? The diploma ladders directly into Year 3 of the Bachelor of Business Administration in Sustainable Business Practices degree program which has additional flexibility of part-time, full-time, face to face, or online. At this level you work on industry projects, conduct research and deepen your knowledge of sustainability practices desired of businesses.

This program starts in September each year. Part-time students applying in the Spring semester should select University General Studies as their program when applying.

Why choose tourism as a career?

Program Options


The Tourism Management diploma offers specialized courses in tourism and business and is awarded on successful completion of all requirements of the diploma program, a total of 60 credits.


The Tourism Management certificate provides an academic foundation in tourism and business courses and is awarded on successful completion of the first year requirements, a total of 30 credits.

Meet Your Instructors

Articles of Interest

Love Life, Love Work in the Kootenay Rockies