“My internship in Haida Gwaii has changed my industry perspective”

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Mihir Kelkar

Master of Arts in Tourism Management

(2018)

“I quickly came to appreciate the program’s excellent academic base and highly skilled instructors”

“In searching for the opportunity to study in Canada, I came across Royal Roads University. I liked the Master of Arts in Tourism Management course content and could see it was perfectly designed to fit somebody with industry experience looking for a global view of tourism. I decided to enroll.

I quickly came to appreciate the program’s excellent academic base and highly skilled instructors; however, it’s the practical learning that I got on my internship in Haida Gwaii that has truly changed my perspective of the industry.

As the Destination Marketing and Sustainability Coordinator with the town of Sandspit’s Community Society, I had the chance to work with the local First Nation’s community members to build a plan to grow tourism, thereby creating jobs that would provide a sustainable source of income for the local people.

I made connections between the academic side of the program and my hands-on experiences. I got to see the importance of the host community’s involvement and the roles of sustainability and resources as they pertain to tourism. Plus, I got to enjoy the hospitality of a new community and its people. It’s an experience I’ll never forget.”

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