A career in tourism! Game for it? submitted by Nad Srivathsan , content management intern, Internfever
As kids we’ve grown up loving our bus trips, train journeys and those long crusades especially on a holiday with family and friends for the memorable experiences they have provided. Visiting those historical monuments, getting a slice of the cultural history they’re a part of and acknowledging their culinary habits, linguistic diversity make travelling and holidaying an even more enriching experience. Getting paid for your knowledge about a particular holiday destination with little sharpening of your interacting prowess sounds interesting. Isn’t it? Travel and Tourism offers an interesting line up of options for candidates who are adaptable to distinct surroundings and efficient in gathering information regarding the same. If an job aspirer has enough knowledge of in enchanting travelers through his words, he would be more than certain to make a career in such a growing genre and fit the bill perfectly.
Tourism as a choice would basically deal with special tours and enhancing catchy packages for an organization to attract regular travelers and general public alike. It is a multi dimensional field that concerns with all the primary means of transport i.e. air, land and water. As a traveler, we expect an enjoyable expedition without any delays and hassles and hang on to the destination, getting a good hindsight into the resident’s lifestyle with suitable accommodation provided with adequate necessities. It is equally crucial to know the connectivity of the place via all means of transport to avoid hindrances with traffic or other indispensable occurrences. There are multiple departments one can find their feet in such a wide domain such as management, social interactions, publicizing and aspects dealing with tour co-ordination.
One always needs to be adept in presenting ideas for longevity in such an arena. So a corporate would apparently give their nod to candidates who can exhibit ideas which have innovation modeled with an ability to look things in a broad perspective. Knowledge can’t save the face everyday but the skill with which you embellish your insight will definitely give an edge ahead of the pack. Travel and Tourism as a career would always offer something new with each experience you encounter but your endurance is heavily dependent on your learning assimilated from such incidents. Generating contacts with every relatable department forms a critical part of your competence in this sphere as each fragment in an organization is equally significant in guaranteeing a smooth and a profitable stint.
India as a country with its rich cultural heritage in its dance and music forms, varied architecture offers a huge scope for candidates who wish to make a living out of Travel and Tourism. Places such as Goa, Agra and Delhi and various dimensions of the country make it an engrossing journey for a tourist. The government has been making steady efforts in attracting students whilst generating employment through various governmental organizations, private sectors and corporate markets. The starting salaries begin with a promising 20,000 ranging till about 1 lakh speaking volumes of the demands and developments of the industry.
A formal education (B.Sc) is always advisable in educating yourself with the functioning of the industry. Many institutions have shown great interest in equipping students in this area which is recognizable through the vigorous growth in the options generated over the years. There are a handy number of quality institutes spread over the entire country such as Andhra Pradesh, Delhi,Goa and Tamilnadu. For students who wish to attain expertise regarding tourism and its various departments, here’s a list of a possible choices you’d certainly refer to.
Pacific Institute of International Air Ticketing and Travel Management,Hyderabad(Andhra Pradesh)
10-3-5/F/110, Mujadaddy Estates, Opp. Okaz Complex, Mehdipatnam , Hyderabad (Hyderabad Dist.)
Indian Institute of Tourism and Travel Management, New Delhi
9 Nyaya Marg, Chanakyapuri , New Delhi (Delhi) – 110021
Institute of Social Science and Research, Vellore
Green woods, Jobberpet , Vellore (Vellore Dist.) – 632006
Avalon Academy, North Goa
12/ 165/ 1 & 2, Simer Khorlim, Behind Keni's Corner, Mapusa , North Goa (North Goa Dist.) - 403507
If you wish to stride along a path that would unleash new challenges on daily basis, here’s a chance to make one !!