Frequently asked questions on Travel and Tourism industry

Why should I choose a career in Travel and Tourism industry?

In India Travel and Tourism industry is the second highest foreign exchange earner. Career in Travel and Tourism industry offers limitless opportunities to students. This industry provides careers with airlines, hotels, travel agencies, tour operators, tourism departments, car rental companies, transport, banks etc.

What qualification should I have to start a career in Travel and Tourism industry?

With the growing demand of professionals, it has become necessary to take formal training from any recognized travel and tourism institute. Many companies prefer to hire students who have completed travel and tourism courses.

Is it necessary to have certificate or degree to work in travel and tourism industry?

A degree in travel and tourism is must for jobs in government tourism departments.Most companies do not require a college degree or certificate to start working. If you have good knowledge of the tourism industry, you will be able to fulfill all the requirements of a job in this industry.

What are the eligibility criteria for admission to travel and tourism courses?

There are many travel and tourism institutes, affiliated to various universities and colleges, which provide training in tourism courses at the diploma and degree level. The minimum requirement for admission to travel and tourism courses at undergraduate level is higher secondary. The postgraduate courses require graduation in any academic discipline and fluency in at least one foreign language.

What types of courses are available for students in travel and tourism industry?

There are many courses available to students interested in this industry such as

  • Masters in Tourism
  • P.G Diploma in Travel Management
  • M.A in Tourism
  • Diploma in Destination Management
  • Masters in Business Administration in Tourism and Hospitality
  • P.G Certificate Course in Travel and Tourism Management
  • Part time Diploma Course in Tourism
  • Short term Course in Travel Agency and Tour Operation Management
  • Crash course in ticketing

What information is given to students in Travel and Tourism courses?

Travel and Tourism courses are aimed at clearing concepts of students related to ticketing, reservations, tour packages, customer service and much more. Upon successfully completing of these courses, you will get a certificate of completion, which help students in finding excellent placements in a reputed company.

What is the duration of Travel and Tourism courses?

Duration of the training mainly depends on the type of course and institute. There are many short term and crash courses also available. Minimum duration is 3months.

What are the career options available to students in travel and tourism industry?

There are a host of opportunities available for students in travel and tourism industry. In travel and tourism industry there is job prospects exist in both public as well as private sector. In the public sector, one can find excellent job in the government tourism departments. On the other hand, in the private sector student can find employment in a travel agencies, hotels, airlines, transport and cargo companies etc.

What type of work is involved in travel and tourism industry?

Travel and Tourism industry is mainly concerned with giving services to people who are going away from home, either on business trip or on a vacation. This industry work area involves dealing with customers, providing ticketing and money exchange facilities, arranging visas, making reservations, providing tourist guides and all-important details that are needed.

What types of jobs available in travel and tourism industry?

Customer service representatives, reservation representatives, flight attendant, meeting planners, cruise assistants, cruise support staff, cruise directors, corporate travel consultant, Holiday consultant, corporate travel manager, home-based agent, tourist guide, money changer, district sales manager, deputy general manager, director of operations, director of sales and marketing, guest services manager, counter clerk, director of tourism, information officer, director of event services, event coordinator, incentive travel specialist, tour coordinators and many more.

I have heard a lot about IATA or ARC number, what is the function of IATA or ARC number in travel and tourism industry?

ARC (Airlines Reporting Corporation) and IATA (International Air Transportation Association) are two organizations that issue unique ARC or IATA number to qualified organizations. After getting IATA or ARC this number organization can issue tickets and claim for commission.

What is a home based travel agent? Is it easy to open my own travel and tourism agency after the completion of travel and tourism course?

A home-based travel agent is a very good career option. In order to become a home based travel agent first acquire IATA or ARC number and then you need to have an account with supplier .To obtain this number u have to meet certain requirements i.e. experience and training in travel and tourism industry, membership fees, money in the bank etc You can work at home and earn commission on all travel reservations by suppliers. You can also work as an independent agent with an agency.

How much I can earn in a travel and tourism industry?

Pay scales mainly depend on the company, city, position etc. As a trainee in travel and tourism industry you can expect a starting salary of Rs.7000 ?Rs.10, 000 per month.

What is the future of travel and tourism industry?

Travel and tourism industry in India is booming and will continue to show impressive growth rates. The tie-ups of private airlines with foreign airlines have increased the flow of domestic and foreign tourists in the country.