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          Helping you find a career in travel & tourism

          Travel and tourism is a big business - the UK alone welcomes over 36 million visitors every year and is the 8th biggest tourist destination in the world. The sector generates a lot of income and has a huge range of opportunities for an exciting career.

          To support all of these tourists the industry relies on hotels, attractions, and even restaurants to ensure that the UK continues to be a competitive tourist destination. Within these areas there is an abundance of seasonal and part-time work that can be very lively, enjoyable and well-suited to those who have good customer service skills.

          You can choose work within international tourism, which is a popular job choice as it allows you to travel across the world in the name of work. These roles tend to be highly competitive and you may have to work your way up to a position with regular international travel perks.

          There are a number of travel and tourism companies in the UK and most offer roles in marketing, finance, HR, and advertising. These companies usually have customer service roles too which involve advising people on holidays and even booking them on their behalf. If you get a kick out of organising and planning and are enthusiastic about travelling, a career as a travel agent could be for you.

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          • FAQs
          Which skills are needed for a career in travel & tourism?

          It helps to have a genuine interest in travel and tourism, alongside a commercial mind, to know what customers want from their travel experiences.

          If you're working within a customer service role it's also important to be enthusiastic and helpful so that the consumer can have the best experience possible, from the planning stage all the way through to the holiday itself.

          What work experience do I need?

          Work experience tends to be relatively easy to source in this industry, because there is a huge demand for seasonal and part-time work - particularly in the summer periods. Try researching local restaurants, hotels or theme parks for opportunities.

          You could also consider doing work experience abroad at a holiday resort or a summer camp. This is a great way to work with people from different backgrounds.

          If you're interested in a role which involves writing, you can contact travel websites and offer to write articles or blog posts for them. Having a portfolio will allow you to easily demonstrate your interest in the industry and will show you're aware of current trends and issues within travel and tourism.

          Where can I read more about travel & tourism?

          Institute of Travel and Tourism
          Take Off in Travel
          Association of Leading Visitor Attractions
          The British Association of Leisure Parks, Piers and Attractions
          British Destinations
          British Educational Travel Association (BETA)
          Tourism Management Institute
          The Tourism Society
          Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA)
          Tourism Alliance