Tourism Development

Want a career in tourism? This is your boarding call.

A Tourism Development student at the University of Waterloo.

Rachel realized her love for teaching kids about conservation, preservation, and ecology through her co-op work term with Parks Canada.

Delve into the social, economic, and environmental impacts of tourism in Canada and around the world.

In Tourism Development, you'll discuss the latest issues and trends with internationally recognized professors, and you’ll learn how to plan, implement, and evaluate tourism experiences in environmentally and culturally sensitive ways. And you’ll do it at a university ranked third in Canada for hospitality and leisure management (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021).

Today, tourism is the world's largest industry, accounting for 1 in 10 jobs on the planet. So it’s no surprise that the demand has never been higher for people who can manage and protect tourism destinations — people like Tourism Development grads and co-op students.

TrophyWaterloo ranks #1 in Canada for tourism and hospitality research (Academic Rankings of World Universities 2020)

Breif CaseAvailable as a co-op and regular program

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Admission requirements

Ontario students: six Grade 12 U and/or M courses including

  • Any Grade 12 U English (minimum final grade of 70% is required)

Admission average: Low 80s (co-op and regular)

We recommend completing the Admission Information Form once you've applied.

Not studying in Ontario? Search our admission requirements for Recreation and Leisure Studies (RLS). You'll apply to RLS for the Tourism Development major.


Rachel stands behind an educational display of Parks Canada materials

Through her co-op work terms, Rachel has explored many different careers. Her co-op work term with Parks Canada helped her realize her love for teaching kids about conservation, preservation, and ecology.

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