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Travel and Tourism
Travel and tourism is a big employment generator. Opportunities in this field exist with government tourism departments as well as in the private sector. In the public sector, there are opportunities in the Directorates and Departments of Tourism of the center and the state as Officers, information assistants, Tourist guides etc.Another good prospectus for qualified tourism professionals are in the private sector with travel agencies, tour operators, airlines, hotels, transport and cargo companies etc.Though travel agents are working in all parts of the country, they mainly concentrate in populated cities because there are better business opportunities. Self employment is a common feature in this sector.So if you are hard-working and dedicated professional; you can rise to top positions soon and can even start your own travel agency. Hence, for the adventurous and the travel minded, this industry is the place where you should be building your career.
Tourism Department: This department consists of reservation and counter staff, sales and marketing staff, tour planners, tour guides, information assistants and officers in the Directorate and Department of tourism. They are involved in the planning and promotion of tourism activities.
Airlines: This sector requires ground staff, Traffic assistants, reservation and counter staff, air hostess & flight pursuers, sales and marketing staff and customer service executive.
Tour Operators: Tour operators organize conducted tours to the various tourist spots and manage the travel and stay of the tourists.
Travel Agencies: These institutions facilitate travel and other services for all individuals traveling for vacations or business purposes. Providing information about the destination, hotel ratings, the cheapest and the fastest mode of transport, visas, foreign exchange etc. is the job of a travel agent.
Hotels: Hotels provide travelers with food and accommodation services. This service industry requires skilled and professional individuals and its manpower requirements are vast.
Transport: Besides airlines, Travel facilities include rail services, coach operators, and car hire companies.etc. Whatever that takes Tourists from one place to another - by air, road, railway, sea etc.
Holiday consultants: This is a relatively new career option in the travel and tourism industry. These professionals provide all the information to their clients. They sell the holiday, plan the itenary, make the travel plan, book the tickets and provide all the other details which are required.
Tour guides: They work freelance, governed by the rules and regulations laid down by the Government.
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