The industry employs 1 in 10 people worldwide showing resilience as more and more people opt to spend their free time and disposable income on everything from chic city breaks (Paris anyone) to exotic holidays in the most tropical destinations.
It’s not just trips to new countries on the agenda either, many of us are booking breaks a little closer to home to experience everything our wonderful nation has to offer. From the picturesque scenery of the Cotswolds, to coastal retreats like Devon and Cornwall, there’s something to discover wherever you go and all these places require skilled travel and tourism experts to make the booking/travelling/stay as seamless as possible.
For many of us, the first job that might spring to mind is as a member of airline cabin crew. You’ll be responsible for making passengers feel comfortable in-flight and for maintaining their safety as they travel. Excellent customer service is key, so if you’re a people person, this is a great career choice that can see you regularly jet from one country to the next.
From Glastonbury to the Oscars, events are happening all the time, often bringing in large crowds just for the night as event-goers take time out for a new experience. It’s not just music and film events either, there’s events celebrating everything from fitness to food and salaries can range from £17K to £80K*.
With so many of us booking time away, there needs to be somebody to share their expertise and point us in the right direction. That’s where travel agents come in. They’ll help find the best deals and simplify the planning processing, advising on everything from flight and hotel bookings, to excursions and rental cars. In the West Midlands alone, there’s expected to be 7% job growth by 2022.*
The smooth operation of a hotel is a role for the organised and diplomatic. From boutique bed and breakfasts to the most luxurious five star resorts, you’ll be responsible for the management of employees, along with co-ordinating catering, events and marketing. Hotel managers can earn anything from £14K to £120K*, so if you’re dedicated and pride yourself on your attention to detail, this could be the career for you.
As a tourist information centre assistant, you’ll be the go to for tourists needing location information to make their travels effortless. You’ll advise on attractions, restaurants and everything in between. If you’re the person to ask about the best new places to eat, or where to find hidden beaches, you may have found your calling.
If any of the roles appeal to you, our Level 3 Diploma in Travel and Tourism will ensure you develop the skills needed for a successful career in the industry.