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Tourism represents the world's largest industry, making the demand for people who can manage and protect tourism destinations higher than ever before. This program offers an in-depth look at the social, economic, and environmental impacts of tourism in Canada and around the world. 

What will I get out of the program?

  • You'll learn the critical components of planning, managing, and funding of tourism experiences and events.
  • Learn from professors who have been recognized nationally and internationally for their excellence in teaching and research.
  • Be well-positioned for a career in one of the world's largest industries - developing, planning, and managing tourism areas and organizations in Canada and around the world. 

Sample courses

  • REC 219 - Introduction to Event Studies
  • REC 230 - Outdoor Recreation Resources Management
  • REC 280 - Introduction to Tourism
  • REC 380 - Tourism Analysis
  • REC 480 - Advanced Seminar in Tourism Development

How do I choose this major?

  • Successfully completed your first year in Recreation and Leisure Studies Honours and be in good standing (minimum cumulative averages of 65% overall and 70% major).
  • Note that the major in Tourism Development was discontinued effective Fall 2022. Students can now enrol in the Tourism Minor

Customize your degree

Some students may also wish to complete a double degreeminor or joint honours with their degree in Recreation and Sport Business.

Program name change

Effective September 1, 2016, the name of this major changed from Tourism and Parks Management to Tourism Development. 


Possible career paths

  • Park Manager
  • Director of Parks and Recreation
  • Economic Development and Tourism Manager
  • Event Planner

Recreation and Leisure alumni positions

  • Recreation and Events Director - Hespeler Village
  • Assistant Venue Logistics Manager - Toronto Pan/Parapan Am Games

Check out some more rewarding careers of past Rec and Leisure graduates.