Travel and tourism is the largest industry in the world! It encompasses airline. bus, rail and ship travel; hospitality enterprises (hotels, motels, resorts); tour packaging; retail and wholesale travel agencies; car rental; etc. Each of these areas has employment needs on several levels, including sales, market research and development. packaging and advertising, customer service, operations and general management.
Orange Coast College's Travel and Tourism program prepares individuals for one of the world's fastest-growing and most gratifying industries. Students will be exposed to career possibilities in most segments of the travel industry, including tour operators. hotels, cruising, airlines, destination management organizer, event planning, theme parks, and more. Job advancement in the field often comes quickly and the business lends itself to entrepreneurs, home-based workers and career changes.
Certificates of Achievement
This program is designed to give individuals a chance to earn great commissions by booking cruises, one of the fastest-growing segments of the travel industry. Students will learn the basics of the cruise product, cruise classifications, destinations, types of cruises, print resources, and non-automated reservation procedures. Students also will learn how to identify their client's needs and preferences, and learn the variables that are available in cruising.
Tour Escorting and Management
This program is designed to train individuals in becoming a small group tour leader. Students will study tour leader roles and responsibilities, learn conflict-resolution skills and prepare to manage a tour group.
This program treats physical, location and cultural geography as a travel sales product focusing on travel and tourism destinations that are considered top sellers, according to the American Society of Travel Agents.
Travel Agency Specialist
This program is designed to provide individuals with the essential business tools to run a travel agency in an efficient and profitable way. Subjects covered include the relationship between revenue sources and cost structures, client's values. set service and sales goals, marketing and business strategies, and automation and technology.
Associate in Science Degree
This program introduces students to the principles and procedures of domestic and international travel. Emphasis is placed on tourism geography, automated travel systems, and management skills needed to succeed in the travel industry.
Students participate in a term-long internship, rotating through various sites including an international tour operation, the State Tourism Information Booth at a local airport, convention and visitor's bureaus, and tour guiding at a local attraction.