Your career in Travel & Tourism can take you to a job working outside all day in a national park, or a job working with computers to schedule airline flights, or a job helping people decide where to go on their vacation, or a job managing a retail store that sells to visitors coming to your city. The opportunities are varied and interesting. Each country is different in terms of its specific employment opportunities, but Travel & Tourism is one of those industries where you can find work in many different countries if you have the right skills.
You can go to our Global Partner web sites and see their current career opportunities.
Whatever your preferences are for the kind of work you want to do, you will find there is a job in Travel & Tourism that meets those preferences -- with a few exceptions.
The global industry is very competitive; everyone wants the same tourist or business traveler to come to their city, or their hotel, or to use their airline. This means that having well-trained employees is critical to success. Many governments have realized that the Travel & Tourism industry is a growing one, and that their country's development is tied to having a strong and high quality Travel & Tourism industry. For this reason governments are now supporting specialized education programs like the GTTP.
Resources for Finding a Career in Travel and Tourism
If you are interested in this industry, but are not studying in a TTP, contact the GTTP Director in your country to see if you are eligible to attend their educational program. Check the links on our member country web sites to see if they lead you to career information and opportunities.
- For example, if you go to the our Canada member's web site, http://cattcanada.ca/default.aspx, you will find useful links to training and job opportunities. One of its links will lead you to http://discovertourism.ca/employees/careers.aspx, which describes 68 jobs that the industry offers. The Canada program is housed at the Canadian Tourism Human Resource Council, an organization that develops courses, promotes tourism training across Canada, and oversees certification for a variety of jobs, primarily in the hospitality sector.
Another helpful site is the UK's People 1st's career site, www.uksp.co.uk. It is an excellent example of good information about quality careers in Hospitality, Leisure and Travel & Tourism. When you reach the site click on the careers map.
By reviewing sites like these, you will start to get a feel for the kinds of entry-level jobs available for people interested in a career in this industry. Some jobs only require a secondary school degree plus on-the-job training; others require a university degree.
A comprehensive source of industry information is also available at: http://www.intute.ac.uk/travel
Like all big lists, these have to be used intelligently. Site addresses can change or disappear. If you run into a problem with a link, go to the main corporate site. Many of the links focus on in the U.S. even if the company is not a U.S. company. Again, find the main corporate site and look for global employment information.
And a general word of caution about websites: be careful about giving personal information or money to any site you know nothing about, regardless of how enticing the advertising is.
Governments collect information on jobs and job growth. The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) works with governments and academic researchers to determine the impact of Travel & Tourism on the economy globally and by region.
The outlook for career opportunities in jobs related to the Travel & Tourism Industry is excellent if present trends continue.
- WTTC forecasts that Travel & Tourism Demand will grow at a rate of 4.3 percent per year between 2008 and 2017. Another way of looking at this number is to realize that a 4.3 annual growth rate means that overall demand will be twice what it is today in about 15 years. That in turn means that there will be many more opportunities for in the years to come for people entering the industry.
When WTTC conducts research into employment related to Travel & Tourism it looks at both direct employment and indirect employment. The industry touches all sectors of the economy.
- Direct employment includes a wide variety of skills, ranging from front desk employees at a hotel to the accountants in the back office of the same hotel; from sales and marketing personnel at a travel services company to the computer specialists that keep that company’s technology working. The WTTC expected that in 2007 the industry directly accounted for more than 76.1 million jobs worldwide, or almost 3 percent of total employment.
- Broader employment in what the WTTC calls “The Travel & Tourism Economy,” is equally wide-ranging. Tourism creates demand for planes, ships, and hotels, which then have to be built. Restaurants buy food from growers. In 2007 the WTTC estimated that the Travel & Tourism Economy was responsible for almost 231.2 million jobs or more than 1 out of every 12 jobs.
WTTC conducts research that examines many aspects of the Tourism & Travel Industry, and includes statistics for many countries. You can explore WTTC’s research by going to the WTTC web site, http://www.wttc.org.