Tourism - Operations Management

Two-Year with Co-op Ontario College Diploma
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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

The admissions process is competitive and meeting the minimum academic requirements does not guarantee admission.

Lambton College reserves the right to alter information including admission requirements and to cancel a program or course at any time; to change the program curriculum as necessary to meet current competencies or changes in the job market; to change the pathways to third-party certification bodies; or to withdraw an offer of admission both prior to and after its acceptance by an applicant or student because of insufficient applications or registrations or over-acceptance of offers of admission. In the event Lambton College exercises such a right, Lambton College's sole liability will be the return of monies paid by the applicant or student to Lambton College.

English Language Requirements

  • IELTS of 6.0

- or -

  • TOEFL iBT 69

- or -

  • Passed Lambton Institute of English placement test

Please Note: IELTS is the only proficiency score accepted by the Study Direct Stream (SDS) program. Additional country-specific requirements may also be applicable.

Meeting the minimum English requirements does not guarantee admission. Students with higher English proficiency scores will receive priority in the admission assessment process.

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


  • Term 1 $7,974.13
  • Term 2 $7,188.03
  • Term 3 $0.00
  • Term 4 $7,888.03
Total Cost of Program

Tuition fees are estimates and are subject to change each academic year. Fees do not include books (unless specifically noted), supplies or living costs.

Lambton College reserves the right to alter information including admission requirements and to cancel at any time a program or course; to change the location and/or term in which a program or course is offered; to change the program curriculum as necessary to meet current competencies or changes in the job market; to change the pathways third-party certification bodies; or to withdraw an offer of admission both prior to and after its acceptance by an applicant or student because of insufficient applications or registrations or over-acceptance of offers of admission. In the event Lambton College exercises such a right, Lambton College’s sole liability will be the return of monies paid by the applicant or student to Lambton College.

Additional Fees

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

Important Dates, Deadline & Late Fees

For additional information on registration dates, deadlines and late fees please refer to Registration Dates and Deadlines.

Student Fees

A student services fee is included in your tuition.

Health Insurance Coverage

Emergency medical insurance is mandatory for all international students at Lambton College. This includes students who are full-time and part-time and who are on a co-op. This insurance is provided by - a third party insurance provider.

See Insurance Costs & Details


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 and 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.

Tourism Careers

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.

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 Elective (Select 2)

Co-Op Work Term

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WIL Project

Work Integrated Learning (WIL) Project is aimed at enriching students by connecting different program areas of study, cutting across subject-matter lines, and emphasizing unifying concepts. The focus of the WIL Project is to make connections between study and industry by engaging students in relevant and meaningful activities that are connected to and practiced within the professional workplace. WIL Project allows students to enhance and strengthen their employability prospects post-graduation by fine tuning skills and knowledge and meeting the expectations of today's employers. Students are required to attend the scheduled shifts in the WIL office, reporting to the WIL Supervisor. Weekly real-world challenges are presented in the WIL office, designed by industry professionals. In addition to the weekly assigned deliverables, students are also offered professional development sessions, and exposed to industry guest speakers, enhancing their opportunity to develop their professional network.

Events, Meetings and 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 Essentials

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.


Centre for Global Engagement


1457 London Road

Sarnia ON, N7S 6K4

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

Post-Graduate Employment

International students who successfully complete their programs of study at Lambton College may be eligible to apply for a Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) Program. This program allows students to gain valuable Canadian work experience.

A work permit under the PGWP may be issued for the length of the study program, up to a maximum of three years. A post-graduation work permit cannot be valid for longer than the student's study program, and the study program must be a minimum of eight months in length. The length and approval of the PGWP is determined solely by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

Students must meet the eligibility requirements to apply for a post-graduation work permit.

Visit the PGWP Website

Immigration Regulations & Changes

Immigration regulations are legislated by the Federal Government of Canada and are subject to change at any time without notice. Students are responsible for ensuring that they are in compliance with all Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada regulations at all times during their studies and while in Canada. Lambton College staff are not authorized to provide advice or guidance on immigration-related matters. Prospective applicants and current students should consult the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada website or call the IRCC Call Centre at 1-888-242-2100 to answer or clarify any immigration-related questions or information.


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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.
  • Students are advised to bring an official copy of their most recent police clearance, driver's license, and vaccination record from their home country.
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Set yourself up for success!

Technology Requirements

It is required 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 delivery 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 i5 8th Gen Processor or equivalent
  • 16 GB of RAM (with a minimum of 8 GB)
  • 100 GB HDD or more
  • HD Graphics
  • Webcam with a microphone
  • Wireless 802.11n/ac 5ghz capable
  • Windows Operating System (Windows 11)


To ensure students are getting the most our 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.