Career Option in Travel And Tourism

Travel Advice : How to Become a Tour Guide

A. Field description:
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The Indian middle class has taken to travel, giving an impetus to domestic tourism. Disposable income in India has grown by 10-11% annually from 2001-2006, and much of that is being spent on travel. India has also become a popular destination for foreign tourists, and the government is also aggressively promoting Indian tourism with its 'Incredible India' campaign.

B. Education Guide

Basic eligibility criteria:

10 +2 (Higher Secondary students) with any group as their major

Course Duration:

Training in this field is available at a number of schools and institutes all over India. These courses are offered at the levels of Diploma, U.G and P.G.

The course duration for the various programs is as follows:

  • Diploma in tourism - two years
  • B.A (tourism) - three years
  • M.A (tourism) - two years

Approximate Education Expenses:

The total expense for doing Bachelor of Arts in tourism and transport and its related fields are as follows:

  • B.A (3 Years) - Rs.23,000/ per year
  • M.A (2 Years) - Rs.35,000/ per year

Bank loans and private loans can easily be arranged by directly contacting the banks through the colleges administration.

C. Institutions that offer Travel and Tourism Courses

Almost all the universities and institutes involving Arts offer bachelor's degree in travel and tourism and its related fields.

D. Job Opportunities and Job Roles

In India, Travel and Tourism as an industry had a belated take-off when compared to many other south-east nations. However with increasing worldwide trend in travel, and with the Government's encouragement of its activities, it is undergoing massive expansion and improvement. This forecasts a bright future for all those who choose to make a career of travel and tourism. Young people with drive and a capacity for hard work can rise to top positions very quickly in travel and tourism or even head their own agencies. A job in the industry gives good returns as well as perks including opportunity to see many locales at low prices.

It is an ever widening industry consisting of government tourism departments, immigration and customs services, travel agencies, airlines, tour operators, hotels etc., and many associated service industries such as catering or laundry services, guides, interpreters, tourism promotion and sales etc., Travel and Tourism enterprises include major multi-nationals with thousands of multi-lingual and multi-cultural personnel, to small private travel agents with just a handful of employees.

E. Approximate Salary Range

The salary can be from Rs.4,500 to Rs.16,000 for beginners based on their areas. Generally shipping and aviation transportation calls for a higher salary.

F. Related Links

The International Society of Travel and Tourism Educators is an international organization of industry professionals in travel, tourism and related fields representing all levels of educational institutions, ranging from professional schools and high schools to four-year courses in colleges and graduate-degree granting institutions.

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