Be it white sandy beaches or the old forts, world heritage sites or natural marvels; if you have the knack to explore the unknown and help others also do the same; you might want to consider a career in the travel and tourism industry. With the rapid growth in the travel and tourism industry, the jobs and career opportunities on offer in this sector is also on the rise. But, is tourism really your life’s calling? Let’s understand more about the travel and tourism industry before you answer that question.
According to the World Travel and Tourism Council, India could add a whopping Rs. 8,50,000crores by the end of the year 2020 just through tourism. The tourism industry generated 8.31 lakh crore, i.e 6.3% of the nation’s GDP in 2015 and backed 3 lakhs jobs in the process, which is about 8.7% of the country’s total employment. This clearly shows the potentialof the tourism sector in Indiaand also confirms that the industry is on the path of exponential growth.
There are many top colleges in India offering professional courses in tourism at undergraduate, postgraduate, diploma and certificate levels. Nevertheless, it’s advisable to go for a fulltime Bachelor’s degree course in tourism right after school. A post-graduate degree in tourism will further help you to get the leadership position in travel and tourism companies.
Let’s take a look at the list of different tourism courses and their eligibility criteria:
The list of Bachelor’s degree courses in Tourism is as follows:
The eligibility criteria for these undergraduate courses isa class 12th certificate in any stream. The duration of a Bachelor degree programme in tourism is 3 years.
After completing any of the above Bachelor Degree Programmes, candidates can pursue Postgraduate courses such as:
Postgraduateprogramme in tourism is necessary to enhance a student’s skills and find a better job in the industry. All the PG courses in Tourism are of 2 years duration and the minimum requirement to join these courses is Graduation in any discipline with minimum 50% marks.
Diploma courses in Tourism are an ideal course for thosewho want to quickly get into the professional field. The list of diploma courses on offer is as follows:
Depending on the institute and the program, course duration of these programmes could be anywhere between 1- 2 year. Some institutes also offer basic Diploma courses lasting for a period of 6 months.
The eligibility to join a Diploma course in Tourism is 10+2 passed in any stream.
The list of top Tourism colleges in India is as follows:
The primary skills required to do well in the tourism sector include knowledge of computer reservation systems like CRS – Amadeus, Sabre & Abacus. In addition, students need to build their skills in handling money & foreign currencies, customer service, knowledge of geography and travel agency management. Some other key skills required in the tourism profession are as follows:
Tourism can be highly exciting and adventurous. India as an ideal travel destination is expected to create 4.5 lakhs job opportunities by 2025. This is a clear sign that candidates who are skilled and understand how the tourism industry works will definitely grow in this profession.
Students after completing Bachelor’s degree in Tourism can find employment in private as well as public sector. In the private sector, candidates can get jobs in travel agencies, airline companies, hotels, cargo companies and transport agencies. In the public sector, one can find job opportunities with Directorates and Departments of tourism of the Centre and the State.
The good thing about the Tourism Industry is that candidates with a fair bit of experience and network can set up their own travel agency in future.
Salary package in this industry depends upon the amount of experience, skill-set and position that a candidate is holding in a respective company. For instance, the average salary of a Travel Agent is around Rs. 3 lakhs per annum whereas the average salary of a Lodging Manager is around Rs. 5 lakhs. Similarly, the average salary of a Travel Coordinator, Front Office Executive and Tour Operation Manager is around Rs. 5 Lakhs, Rs. 2.5 Lakhs and Rs. 3 Lakhs respectively.
There you have it! Everything you wanted to know about the tourism industry. If you’re planning to make a career in the field of Travel & Tourism and are looking for an adventurous job ahead, you should be well poised to make an informed decision based on the information shared in this video.
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