Tourism Careers on the Rebound

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Tourism is increasing and President Obama signed the recent Travel Promotional Bill opening up positions throughout Travel Industry. Opportunities include careers in tour directors, sales, marketing, administration, accounting, product managers, event coordinators, guides, IT, customer service and more.

According the UNWTO, the U Nations World Tourism Organization, international tourism saw an increase the last quarter of 2009. Past recessions have shown tourism to be one of the first industries to rebound. The increase may be attributed to the same reasons retail and luxury items have experienced recent increases. Americans may be tired of not spending and tour operators, cruise lines and hotels are offering big discounted rates on their packages.

In March the Congress and President Obama passed the Travel Promotional Bill to help promote US tourism around the World. Individual states and cities promote tourism but the US has never been promoted as country. The bill is expected to have a big influence on the number of people employed in the tourism and the hospitality industries.

According to Cherie Anderson, owner of Professional Tour Management Training and author of the “Tour Director Training Guide” (http://www.tourtraining.com/), in the US most people are unaware of the importance, size and employment opportunities in tourism. Tourism is huge and is one of the largest and fastest growing industries in the US and the world.”

“Most colleges only cover courses for travel agents and maybe the hospitality industry, like working in hotels. Travel agents are important but just a small percentage of the careers available. I started traveling with tour groups on tours and cruises in the 1980‘s as a tour director and it‘s a wonderful career.”

“There are opportunities for all interests including sales, marketing, administration, accounting, product managers, account executives, event coordinators, guides, IT professionals, customer service and tour directors.. Many of the careers are very lucrative, challenging and fun. The opportunities are endless.“

“I train tour directors and guides for local, domestic and international tours and programs. It’s great young people and the retired. Many go into tour directing and guiding after their kids are raised. Maturity is seen as a asset. I’ve also trained those interested in other careers in tourism including those interested in starting their own tour operation. Most need to know how our industry works, procedures. the types of employers and their needs. The increase in toursm means even more opportunities for my students, so I‘m very happy with the good news.“

The increase in international tourism and the new Travel Promotional Bill will lead to continued growth and opportunities. Major tour operators including Globus, Tauck, and Trafalgar have all reported an increase in international travel with the European market up 30 to 90 percent over 2009. Job opportunities are also picking up in the local and domestic markets.

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