Travel and Tourism Manager

Travel and Tourism Managers organise the travel arrangements of holidaymakers and corporate travellers. They organise staff recruitments, training, and administration, manage budgets, help meet sales targets, and maximising profit for the tourism company as well as for the travellers.

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KEY SKILLS

  • Strong communication skills

  • Organizational skills

  • Interpersonal Skills

  • Proactive

  • Marketing

  • Knowledge of geography and history

  • Teamwork

  • Detail Oriented

  • Efficient at Multitasking and Coordination

  • Good IT skills

PROS

  • Good opportunities for job growth

  • High job variety depending on what area you wish to focus on for tourism (european tours, african safaris, etc)

  • Opportunities to travel for work and research

  • A career that is in demand

  • Can be self employed

  • Although preferred, there is no such pre-requisite for a degree in travel and tourism 

CONS

  • Work hours can be erratic and long, especially during the holiday season

  • Pay is not great, but can significantly improve with experience

  • Highly competitive industry

  • Stressful and tiresome

  • Dealing with difficult customers/clients

  • Industry affected by economic crises

  • Job stability can be affected if performance is not at par

OPPORTUNITY TYPES

GOT WHAT IT TAKES?

  • Hotels

  • Tourism departments

  • Travel companies and agencies

  • Strong Interpersonal skills

  • Work well under pressure

  • Good at handling multiple tasks

  • Orgainized

  • Passionate about history and geography

  • Efficient

  • Love for travel

  • You can sell any pitch

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