Now that many people have lost their jobs and are seeking to re-invent themselves, considering a career as a tour director might be an appealing full or part-time option. It is a hidden job market that few people know about.
San Francisco, CA (Vocus) April 12, 2010
Job loss and the lack of new job opportunities are devastating many baby boomers, forcing an unprecedented number to seek early retirement. As a result, the most affluent generation in history now faces an unexpected challenge: making ends meet.
International Tour Management Institute (ITMI), founded in 1976, is America’s premier certified tour directors and travel guides program. ITMI prepares graduates for full and part-time careers in the destination management, corporate incentive and international travel industries.
“We have found that senior citizens and retirees seeking extra income and new adventures, are among our most successful graduates,” says Ted Bravos, CEO and co-founder of ITMI. “Now that many people have lost their jobs and are seeking to re-invent themselves, considering a career as a tour director might be an appealing full or part-time option. It is a hidden job market that few people know about.”
The demand for trained travel professionals continues. Despite the economic downturn, travel and tourism remain the number one industry in the world, generating over 17 million jobs and more than $740 billion in spending annually in the U.S. alone. (Source: U.S. Travel Association).
Because ITMI’s motto is “learn by doing,” approximately 60% of the instruction takes place in the field, providing students with hands-on experience in the operation of actual tours and tour procedures. ITMI maintains contact with many tour companies seeking individuals who are professionally trained in as tour directors or tour guides. The Institute also assists in arranging interviews for its graduates with these prospective employers. ITMI’s class size is limited to 30 students and its programs are quickly sold out.