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The Canadian Tourism and Hospitality Institute (CTHI) is the first international franchise of the Canadian Tourism College (CTC) based in Vancouver, Canada. With its thirty (30) years of providing real-world quality tourism education, CTC is now a multi-awarded and globally recognized leader in its field.

As the CTC brand guarantees an extensive, current and industry-validated curriculum, it has established itself as a premier source of highly-trained tourism and hospitality staff for a number of the world’s top tourism enterprises, with its graduates enjoying more than ninety percent (90 percent) employment rate.

Recognizing that the Filipinos are the ideal tourism workers with their innate hospitality, instinctive service orientation and high adaptability, CTC is bringing its professional training expertise to the Philippines as it envisions CTHI to be the premier tourism academic hub in Asia.

Through its proven effective system and tested training modules, CTHI will equip, mold and mentor its students for immediate employment and progression into leadership positions in the global tourism and hospitality industry.

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  • Graduates enjoy more than 90 percent employment rate.
  • Courses include 300 hours of quality on-the-job training that provides experience needed for permanent job application.
  • Classes start monthly, no need to wait for the next semester to enroll.
  • Courses are shorter in duration as they are focused on developing industry-relevant skills.
  • Modules have been proven effective by the world’s leading tourism enterprises.
  • Training system is designed to prepare students for immediate employment and progression into leadership positions in the industry.
  • Programs may carry transfer credits into diploma and degree programs in many parts of the world.
  • Instructors are seasoned industry professionals.
  •   Classes are small to ensure specialized attention to every student.
  • Campus is conveniently located with numerous parking slots available.

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Canadian Tourism College (CTC), Vancouver, British Columbia

Canadian Tourism College (CTC) has been the Canadian leader in high-end hospitality, travel and tourism career training and education since 1980. CTC is the first accredited tourism college in British Colombia, and the only specialty career training institution that focuses on the hospitality, travel and tourism industries.

With your first visit to Canadian Tourism College, you'll notice something special about us. Here you'll find not only a comfortable learning environment, but something more; a spirit of warmth and friendliness, a positive attitude that is shared by everyone, a sense of genuine caring and mutual respect between students, staff and instructors alike. Today, Canadian Tourism College is recognized throughout the travel and tourism industry as the leader in quality training, and remains guided by one basic principle: we put the needs of our students first.

We are a fully accredited college by the Private Career Training Institutions Agency (PCTIA)of British Columbia. In fact CTC was the first college in the Province to earn accreditation in 1995. Being accredited is proof to you that CTC teaches to a high level, meets quality standards set by the Education Act of BC and operates with a high level of integrity and educational competence.

CTC is the proud recipient of the Education Quality Assurance (EQA) designation earned by public and private post secondary education institutions that have met or exceeded government recognized quality assurance standards. This designation further insures our students that CTC is dedicated to providing top quality industry validated curriculum.

Canadian Tourism College welcomes international students to our campuses. If you are planning to study in Canada, you can benefit from enrolling in either CTC's online English courses where you can increase your English language level prior to beginning training at CTC or enroll in our 4 week English For Tourism Certificate program at the College prior to any program commencement. For more details, please contact one of our Enrollment Coordinators.

You will be required to provide TOEFL scores of 490 written or 160 computer based. If you don't have a TOEFL score, you can complete the Canadian Tourism College's online English Assessment with a minimum score of 60%. If you don't obtain a 60% mark on the English Assessment, you may enrol in any of CTC's online English courses to improve English levels prior to course commencement . If you prefer, ESL classes are available through our partner ESL schools. Please consult with an Enrollment Coordinator for more details.

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If you are coming to study from out of province or from an International country, it is important to have a comfortable home to arrive to while you get familiar with the Vancouver and Surrey areas. Although the Canadian Tourism College does not provide accommodation on campus for its students we can refer you to companies who specialize in finding homestay placements for national and international students.

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Hospitality Programs

Hospitality is the largest service industry in the world and is quickly becoming B.C.'s largest employer. From the West Coast's ski resorts and eco-lodges to cruise ships and exotic beachfront hotels around the globe, there are abundant opportunities for qualified individuals to step into stimulating employment.

  • Hospitality and Resort Business Management Diploma
  • Hospitality and Resort Business Management Diploma + Co-Op
  • Hospitality Certificate
  • Hospitality Certificate + Co-Op

Tourism & Adventure Programs

Are you looking for a career that’s not just a job? Would you like to work in one of the world’s largest industries? A career in travel and tourism could be your ticket to an exciting future. Or, do you live for the outdoors? Are you constantly looking for the next great adventure? Why don’t you make your lifestyle your career? Adventure tourism careers are a fast-growing job market in the travel industry. Now is a great time to to turn your passions into an exciting, fast-paced career!

  • Tourism Diploma + Business + Co-Op
  • English for Tourism Certificate
  • Tourism Certificate
  • Tourism Certificate + Co-Op

Airline & Flight Attendant Programs

CTC Graduates go places. Are you interested in seeing the World? Would you like to work for an airline company, provide excellent customer service and get paid doing it? You could be employment ready in as little as three months.

  • Flight Attendant Diploma

English Courses

English has become the most widely used language in the world and is essential for international communications. CTC understands the importance of being able to speak, read and write in English for working in Canada and around the world, and has developed these training courses to enhance your skill level.

  • English for Hospitality & Tourism Certificate
  • English for Hospitality & Tourism Certificate + Co-Op

Tuition fees 2020 - 2021 prices

CAN$ 25,025 Travel & Tourism Business Management Co-op Diploma CAN$ 21,050 Travel & Tourism Business Management Diploma CAN$   6,974 Tourism Certificate CAN$ 24,005 Hospitality & Resort Business Management Co-op Diploma CAN$ 18,555 Hospitality & Resort Business Management Diploma CAN$   9,596 Hospitality Co-op Certificate CAN$   8,114 Hospitality Certificate CAN$   7,674 Flight Attendant Diploma

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Canadian Tourism College (CTC) has been preparing students for exciting careers in travel and tourism for over 40 years. CTC offers Hospitality, Travel and Tourism, and Flight Attendant diploma and certificate programs taught by industry professionals.

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Gain an in-depth overview of Canada’s tourism industries through a variety of specialized programs in the bustling and breezy coastal city of Vancouver. Here, you can train for careers in travel services , food and beverage services , transportation, accommodations , and more. 

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Canadian Tourism College (CTC) specializes in Travel & Tourism, Hospitality, Flight Attendant programs. CTC has been a leader in tourism career training in Vancouver for over three decades. If hospitality and tourism are your calling, we’ll help you get to where you want to go. 

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The Hospitality & Resort Business Management Co-op Diploma program offers students the opportunity to train and gain knowledge in all the key areas of the Hotel and Resort Management industry. Focusing on the key areas such as Rooms Division, Human Resource Management, Accounting and Marketing along with the single areas of direct operations such as Food and Beverage, Housekeeping and Front Office, the student gains expertise and knowledge which directly links with the business today. With the use of online learning tools along with up to date texts in the key areas, learning is made straight forward and sequential. Each module area is broken down into the key components and with industry career days and guest speakers to compliment the subjects. This academic experience offers great diversity and depth and equips the student with the skill set required to ensure success in every operational area of hospitality organizations. Each and every hour spent either working on assignments, reports or presentations, reading or in class lectures, this course is driven forward in a dynamic and structured manner, extremely interactive and interesting materials is shared by professionals in the business. Upon completion of this program the successful student will have reliably demonstrated the ability to: Be able to understand and apply the basic components of Hospitality accounting with specific knowledge in key areas such as financial statements, Balance sheets, ratio analysis and internal control Understand and apply basic HR practices and know how to perform the different roles in Human Resources from strategic planning, recruitment, training and development Identify the key areas within a Hotel and Food and beverage organization Gain skills and tools to make better and more informed decision in a work place setting and to manage people and resources, planning and budgeting, revenue forecasting and revenue management Learn and demonstrate leadership skills Gain full understanding and insight of marketing models and concepts Understand the role of housekeeping operations through planning, organizing staff, controlling expenses and inventory Create a business plan for restaurant and hotel business Understand the framework for supervision and the management process Perform in a variety of hospitality positions in front-of-house as well as back-of-house

The Travel & Tourism Business Management program is designed to the Canadian National Occupational Standards for the Travel Counsellor developed by e-Merit for the Canadian Tourism Human Resources Council (CRHRC), on the core curriculum material developed and prepared by the Association of Canadian Travel Agencies (ACTA). Further material has been developed by Canadian Tourism Business Schools in the area of life skills and leadership skills based on the best practices used at the current time. This program also incorporates material developed by CCI Learning Solutions Inc. for computer skills in Microsoft Office applications such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint at the advanced level. Additionally this program includes a combination of Hospitality modules to further enhance the student’s ability to explore all opportunities in the field of Tourism and Hospitality. The Canadian Tourism College (CTC) curriculum follows and expands on these core skills with the intent of providing the learners with the skills and knowledge required for entry level positions in many areas of the travel and tourism sectors. This training will provide the participants with skills transferable to many of the tourism sectors and office environments which will increase the employment opportunities for the graduates of the program. Upon completion of this program the successful student will have reliably demonstrated the ability to: Work in a digital environment Demonstrate skills in making effective presentations, dealing with conflict resolutions, leading meetings and working in a team environment Identify and describe the five sectors of the tourism industry by looking at the history, current state of the industry, trends, and key employment and career choices Demonstrate knowledge of the transportation industry covering motor coach, car rental, domestic and international rail, marine transportation, insurance and charter airlines Provide counselling in a professional travel and tourism environment Perform in a variety of hospitality positions such as front desk and food & beverage

The Travel & Tourism Business Management Co-op program is designed to the Canadian National Occupational Standards for the Travel Counsellor developed by e-Merit for the Canadian Tourism Human Resources Council (CRHRC), on the core curriculum material developed and prepared by the Association of Canadian Travel Agencies (ACTA). Further material has been developed by Canadian Tourism Business Schools in the area of life skills and leadership skills based on the best practices used at the current time. This program also incorporates material developed by CCI Learning Solutions Inc. for computer skills in Microsoft Office applications such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint at the advanced level. Additionally this program includes a combination of Hospitality modules to further enhance the student’s ability to explore all opportunities in the field of Tourism and Hospitality. The Canadian Tourism College (CTC) curriculum follows and expands on these core skills with the intent of providing the learners with the skills and knowledge required for entry level positions in many areas of the travel and tourism sectors. This training will provide the participants with skills transferable to many of the tourism sectors and office environments which will increase the employment opportunities for the graduates of the program. Upon completion of this program the successful student will have reliably demonstrated the ability to: Work in a digital environment Demonstrate skills in making effective presentations, dealing with conflict resolutions, leading meetings and working in a team environment Identify and describe the five sectors of the tourism industry by looking at the history, current state of the industry, trends, and key employment and career choices Demonstrate knowledge of the transportation industry covering motor coach, car rental, domestic and international rail, marine transportation, insurance and charter airlines Provide counselling in a professional travel and tourism environment Perform in a variety of hospitality positions such as front desk and food & beverage

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One of Canada’s top universities, University of British Columbia (UBC) is located near the southwestern coast of Vancouver, about twenty minutes from downtown Vancouver by car. UBC is recognized globally as a top-tier learning institution, placing 37th in the world in the Times Higher Education (UK) 2019 ranking. UBC offers a wide range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees; their site provides information on all programs, faculty, research, and more.

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“Cedric Torres has been a great addition to our team. He has a really wonderful way of connecting with people. A tour with Cedric is based on true passion for providing a high quality experience for his clients.

“My best guides leave their egos at home. They come with open minds, ready to learn with calm confidence. They have something to share through life experience or research and can tell stories about the landscape. The best guides are authentic and are good with people. Guides that can read the crowd, pay attention to their clients and adjust the trip accordingly always have better trips.”

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CEDRIC TORRES

2019 Graduate

“There have been a lot of lessons I have used from the program. Probably the most valuable was our training with group management. At the time, I didn’t expect or think that it was so important but I quickly realized that it was absolutely critical to being a guide.

“Also, building a solid foundation with weather systems, tides and currents has given me the confidence and skill to plan my tours and manage my group in the field.

“A really enjoyable part of the program was meeting and learning with my peers. I had a great cohort that I was proud to be part of.”

MORESBY EXPLORERS

“A good guide can handle the technical aspects of the job but a great guide has the soft skills to connect with people and communicate how incredible this part of the world truly is”.

In her first season after graduating at WAC,  Chelsea St. Louis  joined the Moresby Explorer team.

“Chelsea had a good level of professionalism and understood customer service and risk management. She is a huge asset and an exceptional addition to the team.”

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CHELSEA ST LOUIS

WAC Graduate

“What I love about my job is seeing people’s perspective change and be influenced by their time on the water and on the land. The wildlife is unreal and the landscape is awe inspiring. You are literally in the middle of nowhere. You have to be able to be prepared to handle many different types of situations from sudden inclement weather changes, equipment malfunctions to sea sick guests. From witnessing a baby orca learn how to spy hop to navigating 16’ standing waves to transport gear, any time I got into a situation I thought, I can handle this.”

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Tim McGrady, Managing Partner of Farewell Harbour Lodge

“We love hiring Westcoast Adventure College (WAC) graduates because they are well rounded with a great skills set. They are also just generally good humans. Students come with a high level of first aid training and a strong passion for sharing knowledge about the natural world.”

“The marine focus of the program is a huge benefit. Having the interface between marine and terrestrial is critical for our guides. WAC students are more in touch with the tides and currents and have a great passion for the marine environment. It’s obviously a program that motivates and excites them. That energy is channelled directly to their performance in the field.”

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MARLIE TEMPLE

After graduating from WAC in 2019, Marlie started her first guiding season at  Farewell Harbour  Lodge as a skipper and bear guide. Her days were spent wading through estuaries in search of grizzly bears or looking for whales around the Broughton Archipelago. She spent her evenings giving ecology lectures to the guests to deepen their understanding of the natural world they are visiting.

“Everyday I am in awe by something stunning that happens out there. One of the best parts of my job is getting to share that experience with our guests. I see them realize how special and interconnected our planet truly is. It is incredibly rewarding to see people leave with a greater sense of awareness of themselves and the part they play within the environment.”

ADRENA LINE ZIPLINE ADVENTURE TOURS

“One of our most memorable [WAC graduates], who started from the beginning, was Allison Lang. She worked up to operations manager and was one heck of an employee and an excellent guide.  Avelynn Anderson  was an excellent employee and team player.  Codey Cudworth and Ryan Miller were also great guides.

“Guides are ultimately 4 things: educators, entertainers, coaches and leaders. Great guides are knowledgeable, professional and have a high regard for safety.

“The goal is to have a fun time while creating a meaningful memory. Our guides are also coaches and can lead people through an experience that helps them step out of their comfort zone, build self- confidence and overcome challenges. It is ultimately a craft and a lifestyle.”

AVELYNN ANDERSON

2013 Graduate

“I’ve just started working for Community Living Victoria and Teen Community Connections. This position in relation to the studies I took with WAC were essential in me getting this job.  I will be working with teens with developmental disabilities and going out in the community doing various activities (Swimming, Summer Camps, Bowling etc.).

“I also worked at Adrenaline Zipline Adventure Tours and it was amazing!  It’s the best job I’ve had and couldn’t have gotten it with out my experience from WAC.  I will hopefully be returning this upcoming season, and look forward to another great summer.

“I’m beyond grateful for the knowledge I possess now due to Scot, Phil and Bryan. With my first aid and risk management skills I gained from WAC it gave me the extra edge in getting this position.”

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LOCATED ON BEAUTIFUL VANCOUVER ISLAND, BC, STEPS AWAY FROM THE OCEAN!

Westcoast Adventure College is unique in that we are able to offer our students the benefit of learning in the most pristine natural habitat imaginable! Located in Cooper’s Cove on beautiful Vancouver Island.

WAC is situated so that there is  0 transition time  between practical application and the classroom theory behind it. Our college is steps away from the ocean and from a career perspective, is immersed in one of the world’s most profitable and successful tourism industries.

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OUR COURSES ARE SPECIFICALLY DESIGNED TO EDUCATE OUR STUDENTS IN THE MOST EFFECTIVE AND PRACTICAL MANNER!

All of our courses involve experiential and integrated learning, which means that all of our courses work harmoniously together throughout the 8 month program to ensure all students get the most out of the program.

Our program is designed so that the students are continuing to learn and practice specific courses and skills over a full semester instead of cramming all of the information into a 2 week span.

Our students also learn firsthand just how tough things can be weathering the elements. Students are put in real life scenarios, under controlled supervision in order to learn through hands on experience.

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WE HAVE CREATED AN AMAZING NETWORK WITH ADVENTURE TOURISM COMPANIES LOOKING TO HIRE OUR STUDENTS!

Over the past 10 years Westcoast Adventure College has established an incredible connection with companies in the tourism industry.

Westcoast Adventure College has worked with these companies year after year to determine what their needs are and make sure that our students fit those needs.

Our list of  companies that hire students  after graduation continues to grow and diversify, giving our students a the chance to  work with their dream company right after graduation.

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OUR PROGRAM HAS OVER 900 HOURS OF CLASSROOM AND PRACTICAL APPLICATION!

At Westcoast Adventure College we pride ourselves in being able to offer our students value above and beyond industry standards. Our Level II Certificate program exceeds the Provincial Adventure Tourism recommendations, both in courses offered and in total instructional hours.

Our curriculum totals  more than 900 hours of classroom theory  and  practical application,  giving you more real practical experience compared to any other course out there! Check around, we did!

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OUR PROGRAM IS DESIGNED TO ENSURE OUR STUDENTS RECEIVE TOP QUALITY TRAINING IN THE SHORTEST AMOUNT OF TIME!

Our program at Westcoast Adventure College runs for 8 months over two semesters. We understand that time is money, so we designed our program to give our students the best possible experience in the perfect amount of time!

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Westcoast Adventure College ‘s mission is to provide knowledgeable, confident, certified graduates who are sought after in the industry. Providing a blend of local and national certifications, experience and outdoor leadership training and risk management skills . Through a variety of learning environments, scenario-based situations and leadership styles, we give our grads a competitive advantage for employment in the Adventure Tourism industry.

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Vancouver Community College honours land for new innovation centre with ground blessing ceremony

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Vancouver Community College (VCC) ushered in a new era alongside members from the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations.

The three nations held a ground blessing ceremony on April 12 to honour the history of the land that the college’s new Centre for Clean Energy and Automotive Innovation (CCEAI) will be located on.

"Today marks a rare and historical convergence of hearts and minds, as we stand united on this sacred land. It is powerful to witness the partnership of xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and our səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations coming together and practicing our cultural ways in providing this ceremony,” Carleen Thomas, an elder of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation, said in a statement. She also spoke at the ground blessing.

“Our collective blessing of the grounds for the new building at VCC symbolizes much more than the start of construction — it signifies a deep recognition of our shared past and a collaborative step towards a sustainable future. Today, we not only honour the ancestors and the land, but also forge a path for our future generations to walk together in respect, understanding and prosperity."

The ground blessing ceremony included traditional songs and the spreading of red ochre in the four corners of the site, which represent the four pillars of a home.

The day was described by VCC president Ajay Patel as a “historic day” for the school and post-secondary institutions across the province.

“We've been on this journey for almost four years, where we were learning about what these lands meant. It started with knowledge keeper sessions, opportunities for us to move forward and understand what these lands meant, who was here before it was colonialized and so today, that blessing connects us to the time immemorial of those lands,” he said in an interview.

The design of the new CCEAI was inspired by the China Creek estuary, which runs adjacent to the site of the building.

“The building itself is reflective of the canoes that used to dock here,” said Patel.

“If you look at the building, it is metaphorically representative of the canoe and where the land, the water and the canoe used to dock and where all that transformation took place. So, this blessing has multiple, multiple meanings.”

Eddy Gooch, an Indigenous VCC nursing alumnus, spoke during the ceremony and said that his experience at VCC “has really helped connect me with the Indigenous person that I am.”

“VCC is a role model, being involved in growing community around them. To be a part of that has been amazing. To have the host nations here to guide us in this blessing and not only the blessing but going forward to the building that we're going to be breaking ground on, the subsequent buildings, growing VCC as a community in harmony with the surroundings and the people that are here is really amazing to be a part of,” he said.

The CCEAI received $271.3 million in funding from the provincial government and is described as a “catalyst project for VCC’s larger Campus Plan.” It will offer learning for students looking to enter clean energy fields.

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WSU Carson College of Business Faculty Among World’s Leading Researchers in Sports, Leisure, and Tourism

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Five faculty members from the WSU School of Hospitality Business Management have been named among the top 2% of the world’s most cited scientists in the fields of sports, leisure, and tourism. This prestigious recognition, based on a comprehensive report by Stanford University, underscores the outstanding contributions and global impact of these scholars in their respective areas of expertise.

Carson College faculty members honored with this distinction include Ming-Hsiang Chen, Christina Chi, Dogan Gursoy, Robert Harrington, and Hyun Jeong (Jenny) Kim. Their research, which covers a broad spectrum of hospitality and tourism management, has been instrumental in advancing knowledge and practice within the industry.

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Ming-Hsiang Chen , Professor

Research Interests: Hospitality finance, hospitality philanthropy, and tourism economics.

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Christina Chi , Professor

Research Interests: Focus on tourist behavior and destination marketing, particularly in relation to cultural and heritage sites, as well as sustainability and wellbeing in the tourism and hospitality industry.

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Dogan Gursoy , Taco Bell Distinguished Professor

Research Interests: Renowned for his work on hospitality and tourism management, with a particular emphasis on use of artificially intelligent devices in service delivery, sustainability, services management, tourist behavior, and hospitality and tourism marketing.

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Robert Harrington , Ivar B. Haglund Chair in Hospitality Business Management

Research Interests: Specializes in food and beverage management and its role in tourism, including the development of wine tourism and gastronomic experiences.

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Research Interests: Specializes in organizational behavior and human resources in hospitality and tourism, with a focus on job performance and the psychological aspects of individual employees.

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Elevating Global Hospitality Research Standards at WSU 

“This acknowledgment from Stanford University is a reflection of the high caliber and impactful research our faculty are conducting,” said Mario Reyes, interim director of the WSU School of Hospitality Business Management. “Their work not only advances the field of hospitality but also significantly contributes to our understanding of sports, leisure, and tourism. We are honored to have these distinguished scholars as part of our team and look forward to their continued success in shaping industry standards and practices.”

The inclusion of these faculty members in Stanford University’s report highlights their influence and leadership in the academic community, further establishing the Carson College of Business School of Hospitality Business Management as a leader in hospitality research on a global stage.

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MLB’s endangered ace crisis: Spencer Strider’s surgery is latest reminder of what baseball has lost

ST PETERSBURG, FLORIDA - JULY 08: Spencer Strider #99 of the Atlanta Braves pitches during a game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field on July 08, 2023 in St Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

It was just two weeks ago that I had an incredible conversation with Spencer Strider about one of his favorite topics:

The pursuit of greatness.

The hard part was convincing the Braves’ magnetic young ace he could use that word, “great,” to describe himself. Yeah, really. He went 20-5 last season. He led the world in strikeouts. Yet he still didn’t even approach his own definition of greatness.

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Does it seem almost incomprehensible that Strider didn’t get a single first-place Cy Young Award vote after a season like that? It does to me … but not to him. In fact, he told me if any voter had actually handed him a first-place vote, he’d have been “embarrassed.”

And why? How even? Because that 3.86 ERA he wound up with wasn’t “acceptable,” no matter how out of whack it was compared with every other number on his stat sheet.

“The strikeouts, the FIP, the wins — I mean, sure, I get it,” Strider said. “But at the end of the day, there’s a spectrum of what’s acceptable for an ERA. And I think mine was a little too high.”

As he spoke that day, you could feel his mind race, his heart throb and his world-class mustache swirl. So it’s hard to digest that the next time we see him pitch probably won’t be until sometime in 2025.

He and the Braves revealed that grim news this weekend. On Friday, Strider paid a visit to Dr. Keith Meister, his friendly neighborhood elbow surgeon. The internal brace surgery Meister performed was Strider’s second procedure to repair the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. He is only 25. So he will  be back.

He was — and is — a man on a mission to do something special. But this sport now will have to do something it is getting way too much practice at these days … move forward without another one of the transcendent rotation rock stars of the era.

For 100 years, baseball revolved around its larger-than-life starting pitchers — from Lefty Grove to Randy Johnson, from Tom Seaver to Nolan Ryan, from Bob Gibson to Pedro Martinez . They were baseball’s version of Steph and LeBron … Jordan and Kobe … Baylor and West.

They held the baseball in their hands 100 times a game. Then they worked their magic. It was their show to choreograph. They were the reason the first question we asked about every baseball game was:  Who’s pitching tonight?

So what should we ask now?  Who SHOULD have been pitching tonight?

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• Of the six men who lead all active pitchers in career ERA, WHIP and wins above replacement, five of them are on the injured list at the moment. Perhaps their names will ring a bell: Justin Verlander , Clayton Kershaw , Max Scherzer , Jacob deGrom and Gerrit Cole .

• Of the 10 active pitchers who have won a Cy Young Award, eight  are currently hurt. That would be those five above, plus Sandy Alcantara , Shane Bieber and Robbie Ray .

• Of the five active starters who have won multiple Cy Youngs, all of them are hurt, except for Blake Snell .

• Of the 12 active starters who have led their league in strikeout rate in any of the past seven seasons, seven  aren’t physically able to throw a baseball these days. That would be a bunch of guys on those lists above, plus two dominators named Spencer Strider and Shohei Ohtani .

•  Eight  pitchers who got Cy Young votes as recently as last season  have already been on the injured list this year. Ditto for two of the three pitchers who received Rookie of the Year votes last season ( Kodai Senga and Eury Pérez ).

Get the idea? That’s way too many must-see attractions on the absentee list. But if we’re just worrying about the impact their absence has on their teams, we’re thinking way too small. In truth, it’s inflicting seismic damage on the entertainment value of their sport.

You can pick your favorite baseball “crisis:” Ippei Mizuhara , sports books springing up near the ballpark gates, the unraveling of cable TV, tanking, the Dodgers’ billion-dollar spending spree, whatever. I’ll take this one: the endangered ace crisis.

If the people who run baseball can’t figure out a way to reverse this trend, keep those aces healthy and restore their prominence in the game, they’ll have more to stress about than who’s going to televise Rockies games. Trust me.

I don’t know why Strider’s elbow injury got me thinking 24/7 about this. But in this job, there are certain players and certain conversations that stick in your head. And this player and this chat left their mark on me.

There isn’t much I permit myself to root for in my job. But I root for greatness. And I admire the people who chase it, who set that bar higher than almost everyone else around them.

I know how driven Cole and Verlander, Scherzer and Kershaw are by their fire to be historically great. I know because I’ve talked about it with all of them. It wasn’t hard to tell that Strider shared that fire. I just wasn’t prepared to get a taste of how ferociously he shared it.

“Did you feel like you had a Cy Young season last year?” I asked him.

“No,” he replied. “Not even a little bit.”

He wouldn’t even let me fill him in on how rare seasons like his actually are. So let me share that with you.

In the Cy Young Award era (1956-present), only seven other pitchers have had that season — by which I mean: 20 wins or more, but five losses or fewer, while leading their league in strikeouts:

(Source: Baseball Reference / Stathead)

That’s a cool list. And you can now add one more name: Spencer Strider.

But here’s the list Strider  doesn’t  get to join: Pitchers who did all that while winning a Cy Young Award.

That would be practically all of them, of course, with only two exceptions: Cole in 2019 and Pedro in 2002. But those two both lost in races that were practically dead heats —  Cole to Verlander, Pedro to Barry Zito. At least Cole got 13 first-place votes. Pedro got 11.

And Strider? As I mentioned,  he got none . In fact, he didn’t even finish in the top three in the National League voting. He was fourth, behind Snell (28 first-place votes), Logan Webb (one) and Zac Gallen (one). There is no precedent for that in the history of voting. So that’s Spencer Strider, the ace Cy Young voters forgot.

At least Strider let me present the short version of that research — the part in which I informed him that nobody else who had his season had failed to come away with at least one first-place vote. I asked if he found that even remotely weird.

“No,” he said, without a millisecond’s hesitation. “I mean, no. I would have been a little — how do I phrase this — I would have been a little bit embarrassed by a first-place vote.”

Embarrassed. That was the word he used — after a season in which he piled up almost twice as many strikeouts (281) as hits allowed (146). He also had a better WHIP, FIP and strikeout rate than Snell. And pitched more innings. And beat him in strikeouts — by 47!

There was literally only one reason not  to vote for Spencer Strider — that 3.86 ERA … which was more than a run and a half higher than Snell’s 2.25. But their FIP numbers (2.85 for Strider, 3.44 for Snell) tell a very different story of the results they (theoretically) should  have gotten. So in retrospect, is ERA alone enough to tell us which of those two really   pitched better?

Even Strider’s ever-pensive teammate, Charlie Morton , launched into nearly a 10-minute breakdown of voting trends when I asked him to reflect on this topic.

“What are you guys looking for?” Morton asked, referring to the baseball writers who pick the award winners, “because I don’t know. I know the metrics are there for Spencer, right? You know, strikeouts, whiff rates, all that stuff. So I think at some point, (if you’re him) you look at the season that you had and you think: ‘If I had just made a couple of better pitches in some situations, (that ERA would look a lot different).’ And that’s exactly what happened with Spence.

“You’d look up, and he’d be shoving. He’d have 15 strikeouts, no runs, one run. And then he walks somebody, base hit, bloop, swinging bunt … and then homer. And I mean, it happened like four or five times. And it was, like, man, that is bad luck because he’s not throwing pitches that are much different.”

Go back and look at Strider’s 2023 season, start by start, and that’s true. But when I offered that escape hatch to Strider himself … surprise, he had no interest in any what-if excuses.

“There’s something to be said for making pitches with runners on base,” he said, sternly.

So  of course  he’s still obsessed with the pitches he  didn’t  make. He ticked them off in infinitesimal detail: not finishing off Corbin Carroll with two strikes and allowing that to bleed into a four-run inning … not getting a checked-swing third-strike call on Mookie Betts and then serving up a wall-scraping three-run homer.

“I can play this game all day with you,” he said, halfway through a recap of another one of those games in Boston. “But that’s not an excuse.”

So everyone else can toss out the metrics to show that his ERA  shouldn’t  have been that high. Strider doesn’t care about what should have happened. He’s driven by what did happen.

“The lows were too low,” he said. “Yeah, the highs were high. But I think it’s just the consistency wasn’t there. So yeah, I completely understand where I landed in the Cy Young voting.”

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But take a step back and think about how data-driven modern Cy Young voters have become. Is it really that hard to imagine an alternative reality where this guy would have won one of those trophies? Again, it isn’t for me. But to the man who had that season, it seemed preposterous.

“If I’d won it, I don’t know that they could get me to go to the award ceremony,” he said. “I’d say: Give it to somebody else. To me, it doesn’t matter — and I’m being serious.”

I’m going to give you a second to digest that. This guy went 20-5 and had the most overpowering season of any starter in the game … yet still was so unhappy with himself, he said he wouldn’t have gone to the award ceremony.  Amazing.

“I certainly don’t want to take credit away from other people,” Strider went on. “But my job isn’t to be the best pitcher compared to other pitchers. It’s to be the best pitcher I can for my team, and to be what my teammates need me to be.

“Like I look at the NLDS last year,” he went on, still steamed about two close losses to the Phillies (in which his teammates scored a combined one run, by the way). “And I hold myself to that standard there. My team needed me to be better, and I wasn’t.”

Yeah, but what about all his highlight moments last year? Sure, he remembers those. But it was those other moments he couldn’t stop thinking about. He vowed that day to use them as fuel, as inspiration, as teachable experiences. Except now …

Well, he’ll have a lot more time to stew about them, won’t he? But all the brutally honest self-assessment that came spilling out of him when we spoke is what I’ll be thinking about — until the next time this man gets to stomp back to the top of a big-league hill.

That, my friends, is how aces think. And this sport needs all of them — on the mound — that it can round up. It’s sad to say he’s just one more reminder of what we’re missing. But that’s where we are.

One of these days, that dude who just underwent elbow surgery has a Cy Young ceremony waiting for him. And why do I suspect that when that moment arrives, he’ll show up?

“Yeah, they’ll make me go, I’m sure,” Strider said, laughing. “But we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it.”

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Travel | staying in cali: los angeles sparks select stanford star cameron brink second overall in wnba draft, travel | alaska is ready for another record-breaking cruise season.

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Alaska is home to more than 30,000 grizzlies, but the state’s cruise industry is experiencing anything but a bear market as momentum of last year’s record-breaking season is expected to continue in 2024.

The most-visited Alaskan port, Juneau set a new mark a year ago with 1.65 million passengers descending on the capital city during cruise season, which generally runs from April to late October. That figure from the Juneau Chamber of Commerce is a Denali-sized jump of 30 percent compared to pre-pandemic 2019.

Coinciding with Alaska’s 65th anniversary of statehood, the upcoming cruise season appears to be just as robust, with 19 cruise lines sending 43 ships to the Last Frontier. Kicking things off for the second straight year is the 4,008-passenger Norwegian Bliss, which docked in rustic Skagway last week. With four mainstream-category ships homeported in either Seattle or Vancouver, Norwegian Cruise Line  has nearly 100 more after that.

Two competing companies have staked out even larger claims in this modern-day, maritime Alaskan gold rush. Holland America Line is sending seven premium-class ships for 141 total cruises. And at the top of the totem pole is Princess Cruises , which is celebrating its 55th year in these waters with seven premium ships sharing 158 departures.

Rafting alongside Mendenhall Glacier is a chance-of-a-lifetime adventure for many. (Photo by David Dickstein)

Not counting grand voyages with itineraries so rich they make a visit to Alaska seem more like a pit stop, this cruise season will see more than 800 trips of mostly seven to 10 days starting or ending on this side of the Pacific. Where they’re all going is a destination rich in unparalleled wilderness, wildlife and native culture. In other words, bucket list stuff.

“Alaska is one of those places that draws you in and sets the hook right away,” said Kristi Switzer, destination marketing manager for Travel Juneau. “Visitors come for the otherworldly experience of being in the presence of glaciers and fjords, seeing whales and bears and finding the balance of Alaska Native cultural heritage with the rustic sophistication found in the capital city.”

Sometimes just seeing a whale's tail is a win when on an Alaskan tour. (Photo by David Dickstein)

Although Switzer recommends visits lasting several days instead of several hours, the city’s destination evangelist hopes that a partial day in Juneau and each major Alaskan cruise port will have 1.5 million passengers wanting more.

“This magical corner of the world has so much to offer beyond being a checkmark on people’s bucket lists,” she said.

Walking on a glacier is one of the more exciting shore excursions Alaska has to offer. (Photo by David Dickstein)

Alaska is a checkmark for about three-quarters of all passengers headed there, according to the Alaska Tourism Industry Association, and the same can be said for two ships this season.

Starting with a six-day sail out of Vancouver on May 11, the namesake of Celebrity Cruises ’ popular Edge class will make its Alaskan debut with weeklong roundtrips from Seattle through Sept. 13. The 2,918-passenger vessel features a unique “outside-in” architecture that provides more floor-to-ceiling glass on the exterior and expanded outdoor spaces to soak up the Alaskan coastlines.

Skagway, a popular cruise port, is the northernmost point in Alaska's Inside Passage. (Photo by David Dickstein)

Edge will be joined by a pair of fleet mates for the season, albeit Summit’s seven-day roundtrips are turnarounds out of Anchorage or Vancouver, and Solstice’s weeklong jaunts are solely based in the British Columbian seaport. Celebrity, a premier-category cruise line has 57 departures to Alaska scheduled this year.

The other new recruit is Silver Nova, the youngest Silversea Cruises  ship in the luxury fleet to ever service Alaska. Capped at 728 guests, Silver Nova was launched last year and has the goods to do justice to a dreamlike place that captures the imagination of wilderness lovers and history buffs.

“Silver Nova is the ideal ship for Alaska cruising,” said company spokesman Brad Ball. “Her innovative design, which incorporates an unprecedented 4,000 square meters of glass, immerses guests into the incredible scenery of Alaska from virtually all venues and suites, with far-reaching views at every turn.”

While in Skagway, let happy and hard-working sled dogs take you on a spin around Musher's Camp. (Photo by David Dickstein)

The ship’s reimagined pool deck, which overlooks the water on her starboard side, and all-new outdoor venues — the Dusk Bar and the Marquee — allows unique openness to view spectacular Alaskan glaciers and wildlife. Those who want to experience an older and smaller Evolution-class Silversea vessel can book the Silver Muse, which also will sail mostly seven- to 14-day trips between Anchorage and Vancouver.

Because nearly every Alaskan cruise includes the staples — Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan, Inside Passage and Denali with a land add-on — some cruise lines like to shake things up with unique itineraries.

Holland America has a roundtrip that makes it easy to visit the 49th and 50th states without a long flight. A new “Glaciers & Volcanos: Alaska to Hawaii” cruise, part of the premium line’s Legendary Voyages collection of journeys from 25 to 59 days, departs on Aug. 31 from Seattle or Sept. 1 from Vancouver aboard the 1,916-passenger Westerdam. The nearly four-weeklong itinerary includes seldomly visited Kodiak and Dutch Harbor before heading down to the tropics to make four calls to three Hawaiian islands.

Seabourn  strives to offer a more tasteful Alaskan cruise and not only because it’s an ultra-luxury cruise line. “Caviar on the Ice” is a savory and swanky soiree on every Alaskan voyage, and when the 450-passenger Odyssey is in Sitka, a town originally built by Russian traders in the early 1800s, Seabourn guests can enjoy a culinary adventure that includes a scenic drive to a taproom for a sampling of local brews and a few eateries to try Siberian-rooted pelmeni dumplings and a hot dog made with caribou that the locals call “reindeer dawgs.” Sorry, vegetarians and friends of Santa, but Blitzen on a bun is da bomb.

Red Onion Saloon, a former bordello built in 1898, is a top attraction in historic Skagway. (Photo by David Dickstein)

Disney Cruise Line  is sending its 2,700-passenger Disney Wonder out of Vancouver for 15 week-long roundtrips, one five-day spin leaving on July 24 and an extended nine-day voyage on July 15.

Other cruise lines showing passengers a whale of a time in Alaska include Crystal, Cunard, Hurtigruten, Lindblad/National Geographic, Oceania, Ponant, Regent Seven Seas and Viking.

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