Tourism and Travel Industry Growth Exceeds Expectations, Creates New Jobs

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Professional Tour Guides and Tour Directors are in Demand

Inbound Chinese tourism is creating a tremendous demand for Mandarin-speaking tour directors,” states Ted Bravos. “Job placement is almost immediate, because the demand is much greater than the supply.

According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, the tourism industry experienced remarkable growth in 2010, far exceeding that of other industry sectors. This trend is expected to continue through 2015. Travel and tourism are the largest service industries in the United States, creating over 7.72 million jobs and generating $1.33 trillion in annual revenue.

“The tourism industry is often overlooked by job seekers. Recent college graduates, displaced executives, teachers and empty nesters have enjoyed great success as professional tour directors and guides,” says Ted Bravos, CEO of International Tour Management Institute (ITMI) http://www.itmisf.com. “Tour directors and guides range in age from 20 to 70+, having some life experience makes them even more desirable. Tour guides can work full or part-time, it is a great seasonal job for teachers and college students.”

Travel and tour companies are constantly seeking qualified professionals to direct tours or to serve as hosts on cruise ships. Tour directors earn $250 to $350 per day or more, plus all expense paid trips to exotic destinations. Speaking a second language enhances employment opportunities and increases earnings. Professional tour directors are paid to travel to virtually all corners of the world. This provides an invaluable opportunity to learn about other countries and other cultures.

“Inbound Chinese tourism is creating a tremendous demand for Mandarin-speaking tour directors,” states Ted Bravos. “Job placement is almost immediate, because the demand is much greater than the supply.”

ITMI offers comprehensive training that prepares graduates for immediate employment. Individual strategy sessions held after course completion, help students identify their immediate and long term objectives. ITMI also helps students with resume preparation and assists them in arranging interviews with prospective employers. Many graduates secure jobs within the first few weeks.

About ITMI:
Since 1976, ITMI has been America’s premier training and certification program for tour directors and guides. For more information about ITMI contact Annemarie Osborne Annemarie.Osborne(at)gmail(dot)com, Joan Keddel travel(at)itmisf(dot)com or call (415) 957-9489 or visit http://www.itmisf.com.

To sustain its A+ ratings with the California Better Business Bureau and the Department of Consumer Affairs, ITMI carefully screens candidates and limits class size to ensure the maximum possible placement of graduates.

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