New BC program sends tourism students to live abroad

Jan 24 2019, 8:11 pm

Vancouver-based Canadian Tourism College (CTC) has announced its Travel and Tourism Diploma program is getting an upgrade “that sets a new standard for education in the world’s second-largest industry.”

In partnership with Contiki, a one-week European adventure to London and Paris will be introduced as part of CTC’s curriculum starting in April 2019.

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The CTC said the new feature is designed to offer students first-hand experience in all aspects of the travel industry, while seeing some of the most spectacular destinations in the world.

As part of the Contiki adventure, students experience things like having dinner with Londoners in their homes and cooking alongside a European chef in Paris. They will be taken on a perfumery tour in Paris, visiting the world-renowned Palace of Versailles, and staying at Contiki’s own Chateau de Cruix – the travel company’s ‘Special Stay.’

Students will also receive behind-the-scenes instruction from the Contiki team helping them understand how to design and operate life-changing trips for travellers.

Contiki Canada President Sheralyn Berry said she has been working with her staff together with Benjamin Colling, COO for Canadian Tourism College, for over a year to bring this program together and is “thrilled” that students will be given this opportunity.

“This allows Contiki, the world’s leading youth travel company… to invest in tomorrow’s travel leaders,” she said.

While the trip component of the Travel and Tourism diploma program will be an option for students beginning their program in the winter, it will become automatically included for all students those who start the program in Spring 2019.

Arianne Carangan, a CTC student from Winnipeg, was the first to register for the new program.

“I have never been this excited to study,” she said.