Travel & Tourism
Travel and tourism is the largest service industry. It provides heritage, cultural, medical, business and sports tourism. The main objective of this sector is to develop and promote tourism, maintain competitiveness of India as tourist destination and improve and expand existing tourism products to ensure employment generation and economic growth. Tourism can be domestic or international, and international tourism has both incoming and outgoing implications on a country's balance of payments. Today, tourism is a major source of income for many countries, and affects the economy of both the source and host countries, in some cases being of vital importance.
Travel and Tourism sector is growing at a good pace in every Country. The Government is giving much importance to tourism sector. Various plans and initiatives have been designed and developed by the Government, keeping tourism sector in mind. This is a good sign. Tourism sector will employ many nations and help generate more revenue.
With the increase in the size of this sector, tourism industry is also going to need increased number of qualified travel and tourism professionals.
The field of travel and tourism primarily deals with taking care of tourists, hospitality management, travel management, tour management etc. It offers diverse job opportunities.
India is a well known tourist destination. Heritage, cultural and medical tourists throng Indian tourist destinations each year. Travel and Tourism management professionals may manage the accommodation, travel modes, tour program and overall stay of such tourists in India.
BACHELOR’S DEGREE COURSES
- BA in Travel and Tourism Management
- BA in Hospitality, Travel and Tourism Management
- B.Sc. in Travel and Tourism Management
- BA Tourism Studies
- B.Sc. in Hospitality and Travel Management
- BBA in Travel and Tourism Management
- BBA in Hospitality and Travel Management
- BBA in Air Travel Management
- Bachelor of Tourism Studies
- Bachelor of Tourism Administration
- B.Com. Travel and Tourism Management
- BA Travel and Tourism
The above mentioned courses are Undergraduate level Degree programs. They are various versions of BA, BBA and B.Sc. programs. Some generalized courses also exit, which are relevant to the field of travel and tourism management.
- Hotel and Hospitality management courses,
- Aviation and Hospitality management courses,
- Culinary Arts courses.
Bachelor’s Degree programs are 3 years long (each).
Eligibility: 10+2 passed in any stream (Science, Commerce or Arts) is the minimum educational qualification required. PG courses and further studies: After completing any of the above mentioned Degree programs, one may go for relevant PG courses such as MA, M.Sc., PG Diploma, Master of Tourism Studies, Master of Tourism Administration or MBA in Travel and Tourism management. For further advanced studies, one may go for PhD programs related to travel and tourism studies.
- Diploma in Travel and Tourism Management
- Diploma in Hospitality and Travel Management
- Diploma in Tourism Studies
- Diploma in Aviation Hospitality and Travel Management
- Diploma in Tourist Guide
- Diploma in Tourism and Ticketing
- Diploma in Airfare and Ticketing
Duration: Depending on the institute and the program, course duration could be anywhere between 1- 2 year. Some institutes are also known to offer foundation Diploma course lasting for a period of 6 months.
Eligibility: 10+2 passed in any stream (Science, Commerce or Arts) is the minimum educational qualification required.
- Certificate in Travel and Tourism Management
- Certificate in Travel Management
- Certificate in Tour Guide
- Certificate in Tourism Management
Duration: Depending on the institute and the program, course duration could be anywhere between 6 months to 1 year.
Eligibility: 10th / 12th passed (depending on the criteria set by the institute).
Diverse job opportunities are available in front of travel and tourism management professionals. Government as well as private sector enterprises are known to recruit them. Self employment is another popular career path that professionals may go for!
When it comes to Government sector, one may find a job at Tourism Boards (State as well as Central), Government Tourist information offices, Government run Hotels, Airlines, Transportation services etc.
If one has entrepreneurship skills and access to decent financial resource, one may start own travel agency, ticketing firm, tour agency, travel consultancy, tourist information service etc.
Common job profiles available in front of travel and tourism professionals include-
- Travel Agency staff
- Travel and Tourism Consultant
- Travel Agent
- Tour Operator
- Ticketing staff
- Air hostess
- Airline employee / Airport staff
- Tour Guide
- Customer service manager
- Event manager
- Tour manager
- Tourism promoter / marketer
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