Tourism Management Graduate Testimonials

  • Our graduates love to tell us how their experience at Capilano helped them in their careers and we get to share them with you!

    “The faculty had so much knowledge about the industry and they brought their experiences into teaching, as well as many networking opportunities. I would not be where I am today working at the best hotel in North America if it was not for the co-op placement during the Tourism Management Program. The co-op sets you up for success, as well as the teachers that prepare you for the real world once the four-year program is completed. The program is truly amazing and I am so thankful for what the Tourism Management Program did for me to set me up for a successful career doing what I love!”
    Laurel White, Leadership Development Program at Fairmont Pacific Rim

    “After having enjoyed working in the restaurant and service industry, I was looking for an opportunity to turn my job into a career. The Tourism Management Program at Capilano U was the opportunity I was looking for. The knowledge shared by the instructors prepared me for the unparalleled professional exposure I received during the co-op portion of the program, which I completed with Fairmont Hotels. After graduation, my experience allowed me to secure a position in the Fairmont Leadership Development Program and helped launch my career.”
    James Southam, Front Desk Manager, Fairmont Waterfront

    "Complimenting my experience in the hotel industry with the knowledge I gained from the Bachelor of Tourism Management Program set a very strong foundation for my career in Hotel Marketing. I would recommend this program to any hospitality employee with aspirations to advance their career"
    Andrew Budreski, Project Manager Digital Hospitality

    I thought I’d finally narrowed down my career options through pursuing my studies in the tourism industry. In the very early stages of the Capilano University Tourism Management program I realized this was far from true! This condensed, accelerated program touched on all sectors of the tourism industry, testing my interest in each. I never perceived myself as a sales person. Through the Tourism Management Sales courses I discovered my passion for sales and marketing. I now sell and market Vancouver as an international world class meetings and convention destination to the US market.
    Andrea Ma, Sales Associate, Meeting & Convention Sales, Chicago, Midwest & Western US. Tourism Vancouver

    “The Tourism Management program was amazing and life changing for me. From the qualified instructors to the great peers that I have met along the way, every day provided useful and realistic information for my future in the industry. It has also helped me further my potential in the tourism industry. The networking opportunities were endless during the program. CapU is definitely a highly recognized institution among tourism professionals.”
    Tej Kainth, Executive Director at Tourism New Westminster

    “Capilano U got me in the door at Tourism Vancouver. I made key contacts in the industry through my co-op work placement. The knowledge gained through Cap U about the tourism industry continues to help me even today. I made some great friends at Capilano that I continue to keep in touch with today and, quite honestly, if it were not for my time at Cap U I don’t think I would be in the position I am today.”
    Eric Kalnins, Tourism Manager, Department of Economic Development for City of Coquitlam

    “The program at Cap provided a solid overview of all the different aspects of the tourism industry and the business of tourism management. I took a lot out of many of the courses, specifically: accounting, human resources, marketing & business law. The diploma program helped me to supplement my previous tourism industry experience with valuable theory and education.”
    Christa Hull, Regional Manager at Lululemon Athletica

    In your 3rd year of study you have the opportunity to take a semester and study abroad. This is an excellent opportunity for you to learn more about the world, do a bit of travel and take classes from tourism professionals in other countries. We have several students each year who take advantage of this amazing experience.

    Examples are:

    • Caitlin Rowe
    • Paulina Nowicki
    • Kara Fitzpatrick
    • Naomi Isaak
    • Samantha MacGregor
    • Gurkin Sran
    • Ryley MacLeod
    • Sarah Panther
    • Catherine Paone
    • Rebecca Rosen
    • Megan Sadler
    • Stanley Wu
    • Etc.