Career in Travel and Tourism
If you possess a pleasant personality, excellent communication skills and love for traveling – a career in travel & tourism can be the best bet for you. This profession is all about making traveling a heartening and pleasant experience.
Thanks to the recent developments in transportation and communication, traveling, both domestically and internationally has come to be without a hitch. Now this industry also boosts of being thee largest foreign exchange earner for the country and hence offers dozens of career roles for aspirants for this field.
Travel and Tourism Eligibility Criteria
Educational: There are graduate level, postgraduate level, diploma and certification courses available in this vibrant industry. Eligibility for certification courses is 10+2. While the eligibility for admission to Travel and Tourism courses at the undergraduate level is normally kept as 10+2 pass, at post-graduate level, eligibility is graduation in any field in addition to a pass in the entrance test.
This is followed by group discussion and interview. For this industry, it’s advantageous to have Proficiency in at least one foreign language. Likewise A diploma in public relations or advertising is also handy.
Personal Attributes: An outgoing, friendly personality; ability to handle people and verbal fluency are the skill set required to be successful in the field. One is required to have a thorough knowledge concerning to traveling and tourist destinations, business tactics and social etiquettes.
Travel and Tourism Job Prospects
After completion of the course, one can find employment both in the public a well as private sector.
In the public sector, one can find employment with Directorates and Departments of tourism of the center and the state, guides etc, while in the private sector he/she can secure a job in a travel agency, hotel, airline, transport agency or a cargo company.
The good thing about this industry is that one can always move up the career ladder fast and establish his own agency after a few years as this industry is a comparatively new one and hence lacks experienced individuals.
Travel and Tourism Career Options
Travel Agencies: These agencies facilitate travel and other services for vacations or business purposes such as information about the destinations, hotel ratings, the cheapest and the fastest mode of transport, visas, foreign exchange etc.
Tourism Department: This department facilitates reservation and, sales and marketing and tour planning. They have dedicated travel guides and information assistants to assist tourists. Information assistants who are selected through a competitive exam which is held by the Staff Selection Commission provide information concerning destinations and plan tour.
There are guides too which are divided into three categories namely regional, state and local. For becoming a guide, one must have knowledge about history, art, architecture and language of the various destinations.
Hotels: Hotels are meant to provide food and accommodation services. This hospitality industry requires professional individuals for jobs related to front office, operations, house keeping, food and beverages, accounting, management and public relations. Here a course in hotel management is always handy for aspirants wishing to enter into this field.
Transport: it’s divided into the following basic categories:
Road Transport: Coaches and tourist cars engaged in tourism industry also provide scope for self employment. Drivers with good conversation skills and knowledge of different languages can fetch quite handsomely.
Airlines: This hot sector of the travel and tourism industry needs ground staff and the airlines staff who must be equipped with a degree in hotel management or travel and tourism. There are numerous career roles as traffic assistants, reservation and counter staff, air hostess & flight pursuers, sales and marketing staff.
Tour Operators: As the name suggests, they are responsible for organizing tours and managing travel and stay of their clients. They carry out tours to well-known tourist attractions and some of them also facilitate the tourists indulge in adventure sports like river rafting and rock climbing.
Holiday Consultants: This is a somewhat new career option in the travel and tourism industry. They not only supply all the information but also trade in the holiday packages. The other tasks they perform are making travel plans, booking the tickets and providing other related details to concerned parties.
Banks: As financial institutions act as backbone for this industry, they need people to assist tourists and travelers on matters concerning foreign exchange. Usually professionals with MBA degrees are preferred for this job. Banks also play an important role in hotel and ticket bookings for travelers.
Travel and Tourism Pay Package
Aspirants can opt for a course in travel and tourism and senior secondary examination [10+2] or after graduation in any discipline. Initially one can expect a starting salary of Rs.3500 to Rs.5000. If some one moves up the ladder and reach the position of a service manager; he can fetch a salary of about Rs.10000 to Rs.15000. Likewise, if you are equipped with an IATTA/UFTTA degree, then it can help you earn somewhere between Rs.12000 to Rs.18000.
Travel and Tourism Institutes/ Universities
For details and list of training centres,
- IATA/UFTAA 4-level career development program
refer to the website: www.iata.org
- Livewel Academy
6, Narayan Udyog Bhavan, Lalbaug Indl. Est.,
Dr. Amdedkar Road, Lalbaug, Mumbai - 400 012. INDIA.
Phone: +91(22) 2471 1139/1396/556
Fax: 91-22-2471 1125.
Toll Free No: 18002090299
- Airport Ground Services
- Air Hostess and Flight Steward
- Travel & Tourism (IATA Certified)
- Aviation Cargo
- Aviation Security Awareness Basic
- Hospitality & Customer Services
- Pilot Training (MPL)
- Flight Depatcher(to be launched)
- University of Delhi
- Kurukshetra University
- Agra University
- Benaras Hindu University
- Bangalore University
- University of Madras
- University of Calcutta
- Goa University
- University of Mumbai
- University of Poona
- Himachal University
- Kuoni Academy.
Maker Bhavan-1, 2nd floor,
New Marine Lines,
Mumbai 400 021
Ph.: (022) 66541384, 66541385, 66541500
Fax: (022) 6654 1386
1001, New Delhi House,
- Kuoni Academy
27 Barakhamba Road,
New Delhi - 110 001
Ph.: (011) 2373 6267/68, 41533555
Fax: (011) 2335 4119
Laxman Public School Campus,
- Skyline Business School
New Delhi 110016.
- Sri Venkateshwara University
(Tourism and International Ticketing).
- Chennai University
- Indian Institute of Travel and Tourism Management
- The Ministry of Tourism & Delhi Tourism
- Young Women's Christian Association
Bhulabhai Desai Road, Mumbai.
- Sophia Polytechnic
- Trade Wings
Top Agencies/Companies to work with
- Thomas Cook
- Coz and Kings
- Indian Airlines and British Airways etc.