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As previously mentioned in our article ‘The Future of Leisure Tourism in India’, the travel and tourism industry in India is gathering more and more heat becoming the most sought after travel and tourism destination in today’s world. With the expanding sector, come the expanding horizons of more and more opportunities and more and more employments. Numerous government and private initiatives have also added to the demand for these jobs in the travel and tourism sector.
It is estimated that the tourism industry is set to create about 46 million job opportunities by 2025. According to the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), India could add INR 8,50,000 crore to its GDP by 2020. Thus, to enlighten you on how you can benefit from the travel and tourism industry not only as a traveller but also as an employee or entrepreneur, here is a quick discourse on the courses available, job opportunities as well as the returns on each prospect in the travel and tourism industry:
Courses to look forward to in the travel and tourism sector:
BACHELOR’S DEGREE COURSES
The following courses are all Undergraduate Degree programs, involving BA, BBA and B.Sc. programs. These are also inclusive of a few generalised courses as per an individual’s inclination, and are relevant to the field of travel and tourism management, namely: Hotel and Hospitality management courses, Aviation and Hospitality management courses, Culinary Arts courses.
- BA in Travel and Tourism Management
- BA in Hospitality, Travel and Tourism Management
- Sc. in Travel and Tourism Management
- BA Tourism Studies
- Sc. in Hospitality and Travel Management
- BBA in Travel and Tourism Management
- BBA in Hospitality and Travel Management
- BBA in Air Travel Management
- Bachelor of Tourism Studies
- Bachelor of Tourism Administration
- Com. Travel and Tourism Management
- BA Travel and Tourism
Duration: 3 years
Eligibility: 10+2 graduate (Science, Commerce or Arts)
After undergoing the aforementioned UG courses, one can opt for PG courses like MA, M.Sc., PG Diploma, Master of Tourism Studies, Master of Tourism Administration or MBA in Travel and Tourism management. For further advanced studies, one may go for PhD programs related to travel and tourism studies.
- Diploma in Travel and Tourism Management
- Diploma in Hospitality and Travel Management
- Diploma in Tourism Studies
- Diploma in Aviation Hospitality and Travel Management
- Diploma in Tourist Guide
- Diploma in Tourism and Ticketing
- Diploma in Airfare and Ticketing
Duration: 1-2 years
Eligibility: 10+2 graduate (Science, Commerce or Arts)
- Certificate course in Travel and Tourism Management
- Certificate course in Travel Management
- Certificate course in Tour Guide
- Certificate course in Tourism Management
Duration: 6 months- 1 year
Eligibility: 10th / 12th graduate ( would be set by the regulating body)
JOBS IN THE TRAVEL AND TOURISM INDUSTRY:
The job of a travel consultant is to analyse the client’s travel needs and offer them the best courses out of the alternatives available. The requirements of this job are: high level of confidence and communication skills so as to ensure fully that the customers are thoroughly satisfied with their travel experience. Excellent customer service is the key to success in this role.
Salary: Rs. 3- 5 lakhs
2. VISITOR INFORMATION MANAGER
The job of a visitor information manager of to supply information regarding queries that travellers have regarding the connectivity, geography, residences etc of the travel destination. It requires one to beforehand anticipate their needs and prepare yourself for the questions they may ask.
Salary: Rs. 3 lakhs
3. EVENT MANAGER
Event manager’s job is to look after the planning, organization, and execute these events such that they leave a deep and satisfying impact on the customers. It requires: people management skills and excellent communication skills.
Salary: 4 lakhs
4. CRUISE MANAGER
A much sought after job that keeps you on your toes 24×7, this job requires: planning events, organizing day-to-day operations, clerical work, administrative work, and taking care of guests on the cruise.
As the role involves such a wide plethora of tasks and responsibilities, the pay is as per the employers’ discretion.
5. TOUR GUIDE
This job involves enriching people’s experience as well knowledge about the sites they see, places they visit. One needs to do a detailed study regarding the spot, the history, the geography, the events involved and the nearby areas. It requires: charisma, communication, and intriguing persona.
Salary: Rs. 2-3 lakhs
6. CONSULTANT MANAGER
The main job here is to sell and market the travel and tour packages. And also, involves design and develop marketing material such as flyers, brochures, ads, website, etc.
Salary: Rs. 3-6 lakhs
7. OPERATIONS MANAGER
This is a job which requires utmost determination and diligence, it revolves around heading and overseeing various departments in your company and ensure clients’ needs are being met satisfactorily. Budgets, strategies, rules, regulations, safety, training, mentoring, and ample other tasks are also a part of this job. It requires: leadership, managerial, and interpersonal skills.
Salary: Rs.7-15 lakhs
8. INTERPRETER OR TRANSLATOR
Foreign travellers who aren’t well versed with the native language of a place look flr interpreters to make their trip hassle free. Translators can help with important documentation for meetings or general communication.
Salary: Rs.4-5 lakhs
Apart from these other common job profiles in the travel and tourism sector are:
- Travel Agency staff
- Travel and Tourism Consultant
- Travel Agent
- Tour Operator
- Ticketing staff
- Air hostess
- Airline employee / Airport staff
- Tour Guide
- Customer service manager
- Tourism promoter / marketer
With India being such a widely diverse nation with hundreds of tourism and travel destinations and spots, the travel and tourism industry definitely stands to be one of the most steady industries offering such a huge range of jobs and employment opportunities. And with the rising growth of the travel and tourism industry, we surely expect the job opportunities and prospects to keep booming at a rapid pace in the coming years!