Olds College’s Hospitality and Tourism Management Program is one of the first five post-secondary programs across Canada to achieve SMART+ Premium Accreditation. The AHLA congratulates Olds College on this impressive national recognition, as well as to the other newly accredited programs across Canada. Tourism education and the graduates that these programs produce are the foundation of our hospitality industry.
The SMART Accreditation Program recognizes post-secondary public or private institutions and corporate training providers whose programming meets or exceeds industry standards. It also provides benchmarks that tourism educators can use to assist them in continually improving their programs.
“This recognition is an impressive accomplishment, and we commend these progressive institutions for their commitment to creating programming that reflects current industry needs and provides the type of graduate that will be integral to growing Canada’s tourism sector by providing quality professionals to the sector. A key aim of the program is to promote and recognize institutions that prepare graduates that are in high demand. These are graduates that have the skills and abilities to help tourism prosper now and the future.”
– Tourism HR Canada President Philip Mondor
Tourism Canada’s SMART Accreditation Program offers two levels of accreditation: SMART Program status for programs that meet a basic standard and a SMART + Premium Program status for programs exceeding the basic standard. All programs being recognized today have obtained SMART + Premium status. To learn more about this program please visit the Tourism HR Canada Website.