Do you love travelling? If so, why not build a career in it. To make a career in ‘Travel and tourism’, what you need is passion, zeal for travel and a commitment to help other travelers to make their holiday a memorable experience.
India is a vibrant and substantial country, and growing fast as a global destination. As a result tourism industry is experiencing a strong growth and offering a wide opportunity for those who wish to make a career in the industry.
What Am I Suppose To Do?
If you work in the ‘Travel and Tourism’ industry, you’ve to transport people to new destinations, help them with accommodation and sight-seeing related activities. The jobs that the industry includes- wholesalers, travel agents, tour operators, hotel staff, reservation consultants and numerous executive positions.
What Are The Career Paths That The Industry Offers?
A variety of sectors are available in the ‘Travel and tourism’ industry from which you can choose. For example- Wholesale travel, Retail Travel, Visitor Information Tour Operator, Transportation, Cruising, Events and Services. A range of job-roles are available in each industry sector.
You must be quite familiar with the job of ‘Travel Agent’. You often come across travel agents while booking a holiday or vacations. The job which is not so visible is of ‘Wholesaler’. Wholesalers have to put the vacation-packages together.
There are endless opportunities exist with this industry.
How Can I Get Into The Industry?
There are many paths to get into the industry. But, before racing off to get enrolled in a course, glance at the all sectors and narrow down your selection to the sector/ job that appeals you most.
Nothing can beat the research- so research as much as you can. Seek the opinion of as many people as possible. Ask your family members, friends, teachers, career counselor and local travelling agency what they have to say about the travel industry, gather information available on the media, career websites and other various sources.
Some roles require prior skills or experience gained in other industries, like in accounting, IT, customer service and others. Remember, whatever job you choose, travel industry provides you great opportunity to upgrade your skills and move ahead in your career.
What Is The Education And Training Requirement?
‘Travel and Tourism’ education is important to get a high paid job in the industry. College degree is the minimum requirement. Training is important, especially if you wish to join the industry immediately after your school education.
Following are the institutes that offer courses in ‘Travel and Tourism’:
- Awadesh Pratap Singh University, Rewa, MP.
- Centre for Tourism and Travel Management Studies, Jiwaji University, Gwalior-474 001.
- Al-Ameen Institute of Management Studies, Hosur Road (Opp. Lalbagh Main Gate), Bangalore-560 027.
- Department of Business Management, Punjabi University, Patiala-147 002.
- Himachal Pradesh University, Institute of Management Studies, H.P. University, Shimla-171 005, Himachal Pradesh.
- Institute of Tourism Studies, Lucknow University, Lucknow-226 007, Uttar Pradesh.
- Marathwada University, Aurangabad-431 004, Maharashtra.
The future of ‘travel and tourism’ industry is bright in India. Think about making a career in it if you are travelling thrills you.