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Travel and Tourism


Travel and Tourism industry
is the world’s leading foreign exchange grosser.
While millions are directly employed in this industry,
scores of others are associated with
ancillary industries that thrive on tourism.
Generally, this industry is all about
providing services to tourists
who are on a trip to a new place
either due to business or holiday.
Travel companies provide services
such as obtaining tickets, passports
and visas and organize trips.
There are various courses on offer,
ranging from certificate to post graduation,
if one wishes to pursue a career in travel and tourism.
Aspirants willing to pursue a Bachelors degree
in travel and tourism must have completed 10+2.
It is also preferable to be proficient
in any one of the foreign languages.
The two-year Masters of Tourism Administration (MTA)
is approved by the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India.
The Indian Institute of Tourism and Travel Management (IITTM)
and a few other universities also offer MTA.
The International Air Transport Association (IATA)
offers certification courses in travel, tourism and cargo industry,
which are very popular and recognized world over.
Other than this, several large travel and tour operators
also offer short-term training
and provide the candidates with employment.
Apart from educational qualifications,
those aspiring for a career in this field
must have exceptional communication skills, be an extrovert,
linguistic capabilities, a good decision-maker,
organizing ability and be a team player.
Jobs and careers:
Both public as well as private sector
provide ample opportunities to
travel and tourism professionals.
In the government Directorate of Tourism,
the job opportunities are:
Reservation and counter staff, sales and marketing,
tour planners and guides, officers, etc.
In the airlines one can opt for
a career as ground or in-flight staff.
In the private sector one can be placed with
a good travel agency, tour operator,
hotel, transport companies, etc.
If you have a penchant for planning vacations
or business trips to new places for other people
then you can opt for career in a travel agency
and eventually own your business.
Those with post graduate degree
and an inclination to teach
can opt for a career in teaching.
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