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Tourism and Travel - Adventure and Ecotourism
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Careers in Travel & Tourism...A Great Adventure!

The Tourism and Travel - Adventure and Ecotourism Diploma is a distinctive hybrid travel and tourism program where students explore the travel trade and the outdoor tourism industry. The program is designed to provide entry-level and supervisory skills within the 8 tourism industry sectors.

The students will be introduced to the Apollo and Sabre Global Distribution Systems (GDS) which are used by airlines, hotels, car rentals, railways, travel agents and other travel companies to create and manage reservations. Through the language of geography, students will learn about different cultures and international travel patterns, and how these destinations are affected by global issues and events. Emphasis is placed on the business side of tourism, tour operations, travel industry technology and selling techniques. The students will have the opportunity to earn a multitude of Industry Certifications, choosing from a variety of Outdoor Pursuit programs, CITC destination specialist certifications, including Online Flight Attendant training.

A key component of the program is the opportunity for students to experience and acquire ecotourism and outdoor adventure skills. Students will begin the program with an orientation canoe trip with their fellow classmates and faculty, through the pristine waters of Northwestern Ontario. As an outdoor classroom, students will discover that Northwestern Ontario is a renowned four-season destination which provides a ready-made environment for practical learning. Effective strategies on development and tourism planning will be introduced to promote sustainable tourism through the application of knowledge of the various tourism industries and their interaction.

Students will also gain valuable experience by completing a mandatory co-operative education component between the first and second year of the program which is designed as a process to integrate their academic studies with a paid work experience related to their field of study. This will help the student develop professional contacts by networking with business leaders and acquire job knowledge. Qualified students will also have the opportunity to participate in our Study Abroad programs in the fourth semester of the program.

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Tourism is the world's fastest growing sector, and with that growth comes the need for workers at all levels. While tourism has always been a hospitable entry point into the world of work, many individuals also benefit from its potential for lifelong career opportunities. Jobs tend to offer plenty of opportunities for advancement, widely transferrable skills, and continuous professional training. Whether you are a youth who wants to discover the world of tourism or a mature adult, there is a job that will fit your lifestyle. Turn your passion into a career. It is up to you to decide what your final destination will be.

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Edmonton Apartments to Be Made from Shipping Containers

While the idea has been implemented a few times around the world, the new Westgate Manor project promises to be the first in they city to use a modular building design that incorporates reused shipping containers to create new Edmonton apartments. This modular strategy using re-purposed shipping containers has been successfully employed in a few locations around the world, including one location just north of the city at a four-story Bruderheim hotel.

The design strategy is based on the use of surplus shipping containers that haul cargo on massive container ships all around the world, and it has been effectively employed in various applications, such as student, senior, multi-family and First Nations housing. The system has proven itself to be highly reusable, resistant to mold and environmentally sustainable.

The numerous factory-issued shipping container modules are meant to be employed in multi-story structures. At the Westgate Manor project, the shipping container modules will be used to finish an infill addition of 20 housing rental units, that range in size from 1 to 2 bedroom apartments. Each individual unit will also feature a patio or balcony, as well as in-suite laundry. The project's housing addition will be undertaken by Step Ahead Properties, which has plans to perform similar developments in the neighborhood sometime in the near future.

Project construction has already started, with a celebratory launch ceremony taking place in the closing days of 2016. The necessary building and zoning permits have been approved, and the expected date of occupancy is set for early in the coming summer. The module shipping containers are compliant with Canada's National Building Code, as well as with the Canadian Standards Association guidelines. Of particular important is the Procedure for the Certification of Prefabricated Modules, Buildings and Panels.

These modules are made offsite, and are then delivered in only a single trip, which means the speed of construction and cost-effectiveness are maximized while the disturbance of existing tenants is minimized. In addition, these shipping container modules are constructed from non-combustible steel that enhances the safety capabilities and provides strong insulation against sound. Once the modules arrive at the site, they are placed using cranes.

The shipping container module design has so far only been employed in relatively low-cost housing and hotels, as the system offers satisfactory accommodations at a comparatively very low price. Whether the design system can break into the general market for residential and commercial property remains to be seen.

Top Reasons to Consider This Program:

· Most unique hybrid program of Tourism & Travel in Canada: combination of travel and adventure-eco
· Able to explore a wide array of career paths - both in outbound and inbound tourism
· Develop global tourism skills that are transferable all around the world
· Exposure to the industry between the 1st and 2nd year of the program via a cooperative work experience
· Training allows for quick advancement potential in the many different sectors of the tourism industry
· Program offers leading edge content and stays current with the fast changing trends
· Opportunity to experience another culture through our Study Abroad Program
· Experienced faculty, diversified and the most fun!
Choose YOUR final destination!

Tourism jobs tend to offer advancement, widely transferable skills, and ongoing training. "A job for today," as they say in the industry, and "a career for tomorrow."

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