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Tourism & Hospitality

Professional Opportunities & Degree Pathways

Looking for a career in one of Canada's fastest growing industries? From resort managers and professional cooks, to wilderness guides and tour operators, NIC puts you on the path to industry success.

NIC's programs and professional instructors provide amazing field trips, on-the-job experience, employer connections, and business or tourism degree pathways. Get the knowledge, credentials, and skills you need to achieve your goals.

Watch our videos to learn more about other Tourism programs and events:

Go behind the scenes with new video of NIC's Wine Festival, an annual gala organized and run by NIC's tourism students in Campbell River.
North Island College’s Tourism and Hospitality Management programs produce successful and employable people interested in the industry. Students have a remarkable level of commitment, a genuine eagerness to learn, and they strive for a high level of accomplishment.
Adelle Henderson, Front Office Manager, Painter's Lodge, Campbell River
<a href="">NIC Instructor Crafts National Curriculum</a>

NIC Instructor Crafts National Curriculum

Chef Christine Lilyholm knows what it takes to be a master chef. The chef and instructor in NIC's Professional Cook programs is helping shape curriculum for cooks across Canada.

The Canadian Tourism Human Resource Council recently selected her to review the National Occupancy Standards for the emerit Line Cook program, an Ottawa-based online training program. More

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 Get Cooking</a>

Tourism Students
Get Cooking

Starting this September, a new course is taking NIC’s Tourism and Hospitality Management program students behind the scenes in NIC’s student-run restaurant in Campbell River. More

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Seeking Out Sonora

NIC’s Tourism and Hospitality Management diploma students took their classroom to the ocean as part of a class field trip to the remote Sonora Resort.

Students spent the day on a 35-foot boat exploring isolated ocean passages north of Campbell River and getting a behind the scenes tour of one of Canada’s top-rated luxury wilderness destinations. Read the full story. More pdf

Serving Up Success

Dining at Dolphins Resort? You’ll be surrounded by graduates from NIC’s Professional Cook and Tourism
and Hospitality Management

The resort is gaining a reputation as one of Campbell River’s best places to eat, thanks to Executive Chef Joe Volk and his wife Carmen Amberson, who runs the resort’s front-end operations.

“We seek out NIC trained chefs and tourism students because they have the practical training we need,” said Amberson. “We know because we went there.”

Go Global

Study tourism operations around the world with BC's first advanced diplomas and certificates in Global Tourism and Hospitality Management. Learn about tourism laws and ethics, and international business practices, and so much more.

Study Abroad

Every year, students participate in international study abroad opportunities, such as six months with Disneyland in Florida, or a full semester in Hawaii, Utah, or Mexico. For more information, visit Study Abroad.

<a href="/program/adventure_guiding_certificate"><strong>Adventure Guide Reunites Japanese Fisherman with Lost Boat</strong></a>

Adventure Guide Reunites Japanese Fisherman with Lost Boat

NIC Adventure Guiding alumni, Andrew Jennings is thrilled for the opportunity to reunite a Japanese fisherman with his boat. The small fishing boat was lost at sea after a tsunami devastated the Japanese town of Ofunato in 2011. The boat drifted 7,000 kilometres from Ofunato, Japan to Klemtu, BC, where it was discovered, resting on the shoreline near Spirit Bear Lodge where Jennings works as assistant manager. In August 2015, Japanese fisherman Kou Sasaki will travel to Klemtu to be reunited with the unsinkable little boat, whose journey he says, is a symbol of the resilience and faith of the Japanese people. His moving story was featured in the July 3 edition of the Globe and Mail. Click here to read the full story.

Study Sustainable Tourism

As a Tourism and Hospitality Management diploma student, you'll focus your studies in either sustainable tourism or hotel management allowing you to delve deeper into the aspect of tourism that interests you the most. Either way, you'll be well positioned to enter the industry or the third year of NIC's Bachelor of Business Administration degree on graduation.

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Learn from Industry Leaders

NIC Adventure Guiding students are used to learning from the best.

Instructor and West Coast Expeditions managing owner Dave Pinel has been actively involved in the industry since 1985, and has been featured in numerous newspapers, and magazines across Canada.

This fall, his business earned a new accolade. His company was endorsed by the Canadian Tourism Commission as a once in a lifetime Canadian travel experience. Read more. pdf

<a href="/PDF_Docs/Study_Tourism.pdf">Study Tourism, Travel the World, and Get your Business Degree</a>

Study Tourism, Travel the World, and Get your Business Degree

Paresa Habibi wanted to combine her love of travel and meeting people with the opportunity to gain a strong business background. With NIC’s Tourism and Hospitality Management program, she was able to work and learn across BC and around the world, and bridge her education directly into NIC's business degree. Read Paresa's story.

Paid Work Experience

Put your skills to work with Co-operative Education, paid work terms that give you professional experience and great employer connections. Co-op work terms are available around the world, from resorts and restaurants on Vancouver Island to Disneyworld in Florida.