Program Description Interested in travel and love working with people? A career in tourism can open up the world to you. If you’re seeking variety and a creative career with a human touch, you can join one of Canada’s fastest growing industries as a tourism professional. VIU's Tourism diploma program combines in-class instruction with hands-on paid co-op placements over two years. As a hospitality and tourism studies student, you will learn about sustainability, marketing, risk-management, diversity, and event-planning - providing you with the knowledge and expertise to seamlessly transition into a diverse range of careers available in the tourism industry. The focus of this program is on the provision of leisure experiences for domestic and international visitors. The program assesses the impact of tourism on individuals, communities, and the environment in order to develop best practices for sustainable tourism development. The features of the program include the provision of applied skills and knowledge, direct leadership experience, a co-operative education model (paid employment), and small class sizes. This program is offered as a mandatory Co-operative Education format with four academic semesters and two paid Co-op placements.