Tourism - Operations Management

City: Sarnia
Two-Year Co-op Ontario College Diploma
SEP Open JAN Open MAY Open


Discover an industry built for leaders with business savvy and an ability to create exceptional experiences that are socially responsible, sustainable, and inclusive.

Engage in a program and industry where people are the heart. Leadership, cultural intelligence, and a managerial approach to business operations are areas explored. Passion for creativity, flexibility, ability to lead others in business environments ensures graduates are prepared to advance their careers in this dynamic industry.

Trained professionals enjoy career success creating experiences for corporate and entrepreneurial tourism organizations including destination marketing organizations, world class hotels and resorts, tourism attractions, entertainment venues, gaming organizations, and all businesses that value the customer experience.

Where Collaboration Fosters Success

Admission Requirements

O.S.S.D. or equivalent with:

  • Grade 12 English C or U

Mature Student Assessment for this program is available in the subject of English for the purpose of demonstrating proficiency in this required admission subject. For all other admission requirements, applicants must complete the required course(s) as listed above. For more information, please contact Review the Mature Student Admission process.

Academic admission requirements can be obtained through Academic Upgrading and the Pre-Programs at Lambton College.

Our Approach to Tourism Management

Students in this program are exposed to real-world learning through a variety of ways during their time at Lambton College.

16 Months to Credential 

A unique, continuous learning approach combines three academic terms with co-operative work term with no breaks.

Student Centred Curriculum

Active, engaging, and applied learning opportunities.

Transferable Skills Development

Acquire business skills that open doors to all areas of the tourism industry and beyond.

Leadership & Cultural Intelligence

Enhance abilities to build relationships and lead others.

Decision Making Foundation

Explore solutions that are socially responsible, environmentally sustainable, and ethical.

Hear why you'll LOVE this program


  • Year 1 $4,600.94
  • Year 2 $2,373.80

Please Note: These fees apply to the 2023-2024 academic year and are subject to change. Fees do not include books (unless specifically noted), supplies or living costs.

Additional Fees

  • Uniform
  • Simulations & Access Codes
  • Experiential Learning
  • Textbooks - Term 1
  • Textbooks - Term 4

Technology Requirements

In order to keep pace with the requirements of each and every course in your program, Lambton College requires that each student have access to a laptop while studying at our college.


Tourism Foundations

Explore the range of operations, career opportunities and the interrelationship among the sectors of the Tourism Industry. This course is designed to develop a foundation of concepts and vocabulary for use in future courses and a lens that is consistent with the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Leadership Development

Build a strategy for personal growth and development of leadership abilities through reflection of personal values, behaviours, and contributions to teams. Equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) discussions provide the framework for building successful hospitality workplace cultures, setting self-leadership goals, and contributing to successful teams.

Tourism Technology

Learn and apply computer skills needed by the tourism professional including information management and collaboration. Microsoft application skill development includes Excel, Word, Powerpoint, OneDrive, and Teams.

Food & Beverage Operations

Develop the skills, knowledge and abilities required for professional food and beverage service. Restaurant operations, service standards, dietary requirements, mixology, and cost control are explored in theoretical discussions and practical application.

Industry Certifications

Earn TrainCan Inc's nationally recognized safe food handling, Smart Serve Ontario's safe beverage service, WHMIS, AODA customer service training, and OHSA worker and supervisor certifications. This course takes a modular approach to industry requirements to ensure the foundation has been set for working in industry during the co-operative work term and upon graduation.

Workplace Communications

This course focuses on skills required in any organization or position: writing business documents, responding to realistic scenarios, and speaking in an organized and vibrant manner. Students will practice professional and inclusive communications skills by producing, revising, and editing short business documents and engaging in verbal interactions and presentations.

Job Search & Success

This course provides student with skills and knowledge to help support their career search and succeed in the workplace. Students align their personal skill set and goals to guide them on their career paths. They will learn how to effectively conduct a job search, build a professional and well-tailored resume and cover letter, and develop and practice interview techniques. Students will also develop their personal brand to help support effective career networking and aid in their job search. Teamwork and collaboration in the workplace are also discussed. Self-reflection is used to inspire insight and support their professional career journey.

Financial Control

Manage and operate successful hospitality and tourism enterprises by gaining a solid understanding of financial management. Preparation and interpretation of financial statements and key performance indicators are some of the skills developed to maximize profitability of operations.

Tourism Marketing

Explore the unique philosophies associated with the marketing of tourism products and experiences. Discussions include the extended marketing mix for services, target market research, e-marketing, and the application of relationship management strategies.

Hotel Operations

Approach corporate and entrepreneurial lodging operations from a departmental perspective. Discussions will encompass standard operating procedures, best practices, trends and legal considerations that ensure overall guest satisfaction and revenue maximization. A cloud-based property management system is used as a means of exploring hotel organization, front office procedures, rate structures, reporting, communication and the use of technology in lodging properties.

Human Resources

Gain the skills necessary to execute each stage of the employment process with a focus on attracting, developing, and retaining customer-focused tourism professionals. An exploration of Canadian employment law and the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will serve as a pathway to equity, diversity, and inclusion in the workplace.

Tourism Trends

Go beyond traditional tourism to explore sustainable and responsible tourism products and their target audiences. An exploration of community and environmental impacts of various tourism types leads to discussions on how tourism operations contribute to Truth and Reconciliation and the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

General Education Electives (select 2)

Co-op Work Term

Co-operative education provides students with the opportunity to apply classroom learning to the workplace, undertake career sampling and gain valuable work experience that may assist students in leveraging employment after graduation. For further information regarding co-op, please refer to:

Events, Meetings & Conferences

Study the diverse components and concepts of planning and coordinating Meetings, Expositions, Events, and Conventions (MEEC). Strategic planning, project, risk and financial management, marketing, and site management are examined. Learners will have opportunities to develop skills, knowledge and abilities required of an event planner.

Marketing Communications

Promotion of an experienced based business is a key to success in the tourism and hospitality industry. An exploration of traditional and digital approaches to marketing communications will provide a framework for developing effective promotional strategies for a tourism enterprise. Learners will assess and develop promotional tools that contribute to an Integrated Marketing Communications (IMC) campaign.

Cost Management

Consider the complexities of controlling resources within the hospitality operation to maximize profit levels. Apply the necessary principles related to the control process and operating control cycle including the application of costing tools. Learners will have the opportunity to earn professional certification from the AHLEI.

Operations Management

Apply a managerial approach to problem solving in a variety of tourism operations through a modular approach to restaurant, hotel/resort, and gaming operations. Decision making considerations include balancing profits with environmental and socio-economic sustainability, and EDI (economic, diversity, and inclusion) priorities.

Organizational Leadership

Today's competitive business world demands strong organizational leadership and effective supervisory skills. This course focuses on skills required to create a productive work climate through employee engagement, training, and development strategies.

Entrepreneurship in Tourism

Develop an entrepreneurial spirit by running your own simulated small business. Students are challenged to use social entrepreneurship as a guide to business plan development, execution, and assessment by applying prior learning in finance, marketing, human resources, and management.

General Education Elective

Co-op Eligibility & WIL Project Fee

In order to be eligible to secure an approved full-time co-op work term (CPL-1049), students must have a GPA of 2.0 or greater and complete all the co-op eligibility requirements. Failing to do so will require students to enroll in CPL-5559 WIL Project at an additional cost.


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Program Information


Business, English & Liberal Studies


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After Graduation

Employment Opportunities

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Tourism and hospitality industry professionals are in global demand. Some of the employers of our graduates include: Tourism Sarnia-Lambton, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, Intercontinental Hotels & Resorts, Hyatt Hotels Corporation, Marriott Hotels & Resorts, Gateway Entertainment, and Spirit Ridge at Nkmip Resort. Graduates also find employment at Inns, Adventure Tourism, Food & Beverage companies, retail and entrepreneurial ventures.

Accreditations & Certifications

Nationally Recognized Certifications

Students in the Hospitality program will be given the opportunity to achieve these nationally recognized certifications:

  • SmartServe Ontario
  • TrainCan Food Safety Service
  • American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute (AHLEI) - Planning and Control for Food and Beverage Operations
  • Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS 2015)
  • Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) Customer Service Standard Training


Transfer to Programs outside of Ontario

Institute of Technology Tralee - Ireland
Atlantic Technological University - Ireland


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We make work experience the top priority for our students


The key to successful skill development is the opportunity for real world application of learning. Students are encouraged to work part-time in industry during academic terms. Our extended co-op work term that runs from the beginning of May until the second week of September, makes our students more attractive to employers by being available through Labour Day weekend

  • Co-op work term employment is paid.
  • On campus career counselling and recruitment opportunities available.
  • 100% of eligible students found industry specific co-operative work experiences across Canada.
  • In addition to delivering experiences, co-op provides opportunities for students to participate in tourism experiences and encapsulates “experiential learning.”

Placement Types

Student positions during co-op could include:

  • Hotel placements with Guest Services, Housekeeping, Tour Desk Operator, Night Auditor
  • Food & Beverage opportunities at corporate, franchise, and entrepreneurial outlets
  • Attractions including casinos, boat tours, wineries, and more.


Students on Co-op Placements

JW Mariott - Raeed JW Marriott, Banff, AB
Pelee Island Winery Pelee Island, ON
NK'MIP Sprit Ridge Resort - Shubham and Saily NK'MIP Spirit Ridge Resort

More Information

Student Responsibilities

  • Course and program delivery schedules are proposed and subject to change for each intake.
  • Students are required to bring their own laptop with wireless capability.
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Laptop Requirements

It is recommended that students purchase a laptop with a Windows operating system.

Internet Speed Requirements

For best performance for students learning remotely, an internet connection with a minimum of 40 Mbps download and 10 Mbps upload speed is recommended in order to effectively use video conferencing and remote lecture deliver software as well as, other online resources remotely. Due to the large area over which students may be dispersed, we are unable to recommend a specific provider, so you will need to inquire around your area to find one that best suits your needs.

Minimum Laptop Requirements

In order to access the internet and virtually-delivered software and courseware, student laptops should include the following at a minimum. By meeting the following specifications, students will be equipped to access software and courseware on their laptop through the internet:

  • Intel i3 Processor or equivalent
  • 4 GB of RAM or more
  • 100 GB HDD or more
  • HD Graphics
  • Webcam with a microphone
  • Wireless 802.11n/ac 5ghz capable
  • Windows Operating System (Windows 10)


To ensure students are getting the most out of their classroom experience, some software will be required.

Lambton College has made this software easily accessible online. Students can leverage our Microsoft Office 365 software packages and services. In addition, much of the software you require for your courses will be available on demand for use on any device – on or off campus.