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Basics of Travel and Tourism International Work Programs
One good thing about Travel and Tourism is that it can provide you easy access to the international limelight. You could have the chance to travel and work virtually almost anywhere in the world, as long as there is a need for the job. The industrys support for globalization is very much evident with the many working programs available for you to take.
As long as youre interested in working internationally, there is nothing to stop you enrolling in one of these programs. However, you should just enrol in whatever program you Read the rest of this entry »
Hello There. VivBounty here with Essentials For Starting A Travel and Tourism Career,
A Travel and Tourism career is one of the most popular professions worldwide. Recreation and accommodation facilities cruise ships always need for Travel and Tourism professionals and workers. This is why the field itself is one that continues to draw students and prospective employees.
If you think you have what it takes to start this kind of career, then here are the essential things that you need to know in starting out one.
Keeping Your Feet On The Ground
Realistically speaking, if you want to be in this profession, you should understand that it is not an easy living. Although it does pay pretty well, you should be ready to work long hours around the clock.
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What Are Travel and Tourism Management Jobs?
As lifestyle needs and services evolve through time, more job positions are created. In fact, the Classified Ads now use certain terms that seemed not to exist decades ago. Terms like white collar jobs, blue collar jobs, and home based jobs are present, along with the popular Travel and Tourism management jobs.
But what are Travel and Tourism management jobs anyway? If youre not familiar with this professional field, here are the essentials that you need to know about its area of expertise.
To make it simply, these are basically jobs or professions that generally deal with Travel and Tourism. The main principle here is that you cater services to other people so that they feel more welcome where the service is catered. Thus, the main job here is to be hospitable and accommodating to your clients.
Even though the given definition seems simple, you should know that this does not only pertain to one specific job. There are a number of ways that you can be hospitable and make someone feel at home. This is why there are also various fields under Travel and Tourism management that you can venture into. Think special niche.
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Hi There, VivBounty here with more tales of working in the travel industry. In my career in travel, I have worked in both retail and wholesale.
Retail travel is the actual store. The traditional travel agency at consumer level is where you go to book your flights, hotels, rental cars and vacations. This is where you make your reservations, pay for them and pick up your tickets, vouchers and where you call if anything goes wrong.
The wholesaler puts the tour and travel packages together coordinating things at the supplier level actually securing blocks of hotel rooms, guides, agents to meet, greet, assist with customs and immigration, coaches for sightseeing, entertainment packages, and transfers between the airport and your hotel.
In an earlier post I wrote that I didn’t find sitting behind a desk taking orders and watching other people travel very glamorous or gratifying. However, my very first “fam” tour, as the travel agents familiarization tours are called to Amsterdam did enable me to make the best of the situation. Knowing I was new and had a passion to travel to Kenya, a senior agent advised me, to see the boss about adding an extension on to my “fam”.
Since Amsterdam was the connection point for flights between Toronto and Nairobi, I took an additional 3 weeks off without pay after the 4 nights in Holland and purchased an AD75 ticket (code for “Agents Discount 75% off the full retail price”) on to Nairobi. Landing in the sunshine of equatorial Africa was just what I needed after the frozen canals of Holland and a bad bout of the flu’. Fortunately my father had a childhood friend in Holland whom I contacted and whose wife fed and nursed me through my flu’. He picked me up in the hotel lobby in Amsterdam, not having seen me since I was an infant, calling out across the group of travel agents saying he’d know me anywhere as I so resemble my dad. I then carried several gifts from him to friends in Nairobi.
The trip fired up my passion for travel to warm places and the possibly of living and working abroad during the winter months, having the best of both worlds. At the seasonal travel marketing seminars, a presentation about Egypt, Israel and Greece peeked my interest. I wrote to the tour operator to complement him on his presentation and got a job interview where he informed me that being a tour guide wasn’t glamorous. In fact, he added, the guide on his current tour was just making arrangements to transport the remains of a tour participant who had a fatal heart attack overseas back home to his family. I took the job anyway and worked for his company for the next 5 years.
Egypt was one of two main destinations for this travel wholesaler. The company was Canada’s #1 tour operator to the former U.S.S.R. at the time and again that winter I found myself going to a freezing destination. I escorted 16 people on an art and theatre tour to Moscow, Leningrad and Yaroslavl at Christmas. Although very enjoyable with many guides, rich in culture, the 150 proof vodka, always on offer, did its job well as anti-freeze. More on this and how long it took me to get another trip to sunny Africa in my next post.
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