Travel and tourism

What's it all about?

Travel and tourism careers cover a wide area including:

  • Events like music and arts festivals, horse shows, vintage car rallies and county shows
  • Holiday resort reps
  • Tour guides
  • Tour operators
  • Tourism marketing (destination marketing)
  • Tourist information
  • Transport (cruises etc.)
  • Travel agencies

Jobs in this sector offer opportunities to those of you who like to work with the public, as almost all jobs involve meeting people. The saying ‘the customer is always right’ applies here, as it’s your job to ensure that people enjoy their holiday (whether it’s a day out in the UK or two weeks abroad).

Careers in this sector are seen as glamorous. You could travel abroad on a daily basis, working internationally and meeting visitors from many different countries.

But be warned, this can lead to a hectic lifestyle. If you thrive on challenges, it could be right up your street!

Types of employers include

  • Leisure travel agents
  • Business travel agents
  • Tour operators

Hours and conditions

Some travel and tourism jobs might have long and unsociable hours and may not offer secure employment, but if you are enthusiastic and enjoy working with people, you’ll most likely find a career that suits you.

Compare jobs you like and see if they are predicted to grow

To find out what you will earn in different jobs (you can put in up to three) and see other facts including whether this job is predicted to grow in the UK, use the Careerometer which is on the left of each Job Sector page (yellow box).

Is this a predicted growth area in the South of England?

The Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) have been asked to predict which job sectors will grow. This information could help you develop your skills and gain qualifications for specific job roles, sectors or particular places where there are likely to be opportunities. No growth doesn't mean there are no jobs but growth does mean there are likely to be more jobs!

As with Hospitality and Catering visitor numbers to areas and attractions are buoyant. See Visit England for ideas of attractions and places to visit in the South of England.

Oxford and Thames valley - There are no specific predictions or priorities from the local LEPs regarding this sector.

Solent - There are no specific predictions or priorities from the local LEPs regarding this sector.

South West - Travel and Tourism is a predicted growth area because the South West is a popular area for visitors.  Enjoy England noted four of the main visitor attractions in England were in the South West and that it is a popular destination for holidays with 2.1 million visitors in 2011 alone and most communities have some form of contact with tourism.

Find out detailed information about employment in the West of England 2015 for VISITOR ECONOMY.

Find out more about growth industries in the South of England.

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