Message from the Chair

Welcome to the Tourism Management department at TRU.

Tourism involves movement outside one’s normal social and physical environments for pleasure, relaxation and recreation. It is a rapidly growing industry and already one of the largest in British Columbia and Canada and, indeed, the world.

Tourism involves the provision of accommodation, food and beverages, recreation and entertainment, and transportation for a myriad of experiences. Many tourism activities now attract their own labels: adventure tourism, eco-tourism, family tourism, heritage tourism, medical tourism, resort tourism, spiritual tourism, sports tourism, and more.

At TRU our Tourism Management programs are designed to equip students with the skills and confidence to work in a dynamic and vibrant industry. Careers in the tourism sector require customer-focus, excellent communication skills, adaptability, business acumen, entrepreneurship, flexibility and social and environmental awareness. Our programs are innovative and have been developed in collaboration with provincial, regional, and local tourism-related organizations; they also draw on the latest research in the field, some of which have been undertaken by our faculty.

Learning experiences in Tourism Management extend beyond the classroom. Our students connect with local, regional, national, and global stakeholders in a wide range of tourism sectors through projects, research, field schools, work placements, and student exchanges.

Our graduates are evidence of the strength and success of our programs. Many are now pursuing rewarding careers in destination marketing, hotels and resorts, events, sports, recreation, and food and beverage management. Please take a moment to watch the videos that showcase our graduates, their careers and their lives in the tourism industry.

I also encourage you to read the profiles of our faculty and learn about our programs.

Please contact me if you have any questions about our programs or the Tourism Management team at TRU.

Lian Dumouchel