Travel and Tourism industry

Travel and Tourism industry in India has emerged as one of the main sectors for the significant growth of Indian economy in recent years. Travel and Tourism industry is widely recognized as the largest foreign exchange earner in the world today. Being a very vast industry, the scope of employment opportunities is unlimited. Travel and tourism industry consists of tourists, travel agents and government and private tourism departments.

Why career in Travel and tourism?

In India travel and tourism industry is the second largest foreign exchange earner. India?s foreign exchange earnings from travel and tourism industry in 2005 were US million. According to a survey conducted across 134 countries by the world?s travellers, India is being rated as the fifth most preferred destination. In India travel and tourism industry gives employment to millions of people.

Career options in travel and tourism industry

  • Tour operator: - Tour operator work involves organizing tours, arranging visas, taking care of board and lodging, providing guides for a journey etc. For this employment one needs to have pleasant personality and good communication skills.
  • Holiday Consultant: -Holiday consultant work involves organizing tailor made tours and providing all-important details that are needed.
  • Moneychanger: - Moneychanger main work is to purchase and sell foreign exchange i.e. currency notes or travellers cheques.
  • Tourist guide: - Tourist guide provides all-important information on the history, culture, language etc of the location. Tourist guide should be familiar with local stories, history and culture, language, traditions and heritage on the location of the tour.

Eligibility in travel and tourism industry

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. These tourism courses are aimed at clearing concepts of students related to ticketing, reservations, tour packages, customer service and much more. However, below is the list of courses available to students interested in this industry:

  • 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.

Job prospects in travel and tourism industry

In travel and tourism industry there are 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. A degree in travel and tourism is must for jobs in 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. The students after doing the course in travel and tourism can secure a job in the top agencies and companies i.e. Thomas Cook, Coz and Kings, SOTC, Sita travels, Kingfisher airlines, Emirates, Indian Airlines etc. List of various Indian Consultants and websites offering services in Travel and Tourism are:

Where to study?

Various institutes, colleges and universities in India offering courses on travel and tourism are:

List Of Travel and Tourism Colleges , Institutions and Universities



E- Mail / Address /Website

Institute of Management Sciences


Lucknow , (Uttar Pradesh)
Lucknow University , Lucknow-226007  

Al-Ameen Institute of Management Studies


,Bangalore , (Karnataka)
Hosur Road , Opp. Lalbagh Main Gate, Bangalore 560027

Awadesh Pratap Singh University


Rewa , (Madhya Pradesh)
Rewa- 486 003 

Bikaner Academy of Tourism and Hotel Management


Bikaner , (Rajasthan)
Pushp Villa, O/S Jassusar Gate, Bikaner 334005

Indian Institute of Tourism & Travel Management



(IITM), Gwalior , (Madhya Pradesh)
Ministry of Tourism, Govt. of India , Govindpuri, Gwalior-474011

Skyline Institute of Travel and Tourism




New Delhi , (Delhi)
Skyline Business School, Campus at Laxman Public School, Hauz Khas Enclave, New Delhi-110016

Indian Institute of Tourism & Travel Management

Ph: - 0751-2345821,2344055

(IITM), Gwalior , (Madhya Pradesh)
Ministry of Tourism, Govt. of India , Govindpuri, Gwalior-474011

Trade-Wings, Institute-of-Management

Ph: 6102603

131-F/1, Mohammedpur, Bhikaiji Cama Place ,
New Delhi -110066

Kerala Institute of Tourism and Travel Studies


(KITTS), Kerala , (Kerala)
Residency Compound, Thycaud P.O., Thiruvananthapuram-695 014

HNB Garhwal University, Department of Tourism


Srinagar , (Uttaranchal)
PO Box- 33, HNB Garhwal University, Srinagar, Garhwal- 246 174

Indian Institute of Tourism and Travel Management

Ph:011- 26118280,26008280

M/o Tourism and Delhi Tourism 9, Nayaya Marg, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi-110021

Gujarat Institute of Hotel Management


Vadodara , (Gujarat)
Vaid House, Bh. Sun Pharma Research Center, Next to Samrajay & Ashwmegh Complex, Akota Padra Road, Vadodara - 390 020

Jai Narayan Vyas University , Department of Management Studies

Jodhpur , (Rajasthan)
Jaswant Campus, Jodhpur-342001

Bundelkhand University, School of Tourism & Management



Jhansi , (Uttar Pradesh)
Kanpur road, Jhansi 284 128

Mother Teresa Women's University



Kodaikanal , (Tamil Nadu)
Anandagiri, 4th Street , Kodaikanal - 624102

Kurukshetra University


Kurukshetra , (Haryana)

K.L.E Society's S. Nijalingappa


College, Bangalore , (Karnataka)
2nd Block, Rajajinagar, Bangalore-560010

Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University

Aurangabad , (Maharashtra)
Aurangabad 431004