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The UK is currently the seventh world destination in terms of revenue received from inbound tourism. It is an excellent sector to be in for anybody who hopes to work abroad and/ or use languages in their professional life. There are plenty of domestic opportunities too. Travel and tourism is not limited to one sector, and often overlaps with retail, transport, services, events and IT. As a lot of travel services move online, the way in which the industry operates is becoming a lot more virtual; high street travel agents are not being used as frequently as they were ten or so years ago. Depending on the level of the role, a degree can provide plenty of opportunities in this industry. Degrees in business-related subjects may lend themselves especially well, as well as geography. Most management and senior roles will require a degree, but this sector is often particularly welcoming of school-leavers and offers a variety of entry-level positions too – experience can be just as useful as a degree.

Why tourism? travel A huge pull factor to the travel and tourism sector is the ability to work abroad, or at least be able to travel from time to time within your role. This appeals to people who like variation in their work life as well as the chance to experience various places and cultures.

Growing Sector In 2013, tourism experienced increasing levels of spend – 11% above the 2012 levels. The fact that the industry is experiencing growth and increased business means that

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more staff will be needed to cope with the extra demand. It is also reassuring that tourism has always been in demand as a trade in the UK, making it a steady career route.

Opportunity As tourism is a steady trade and sector it can offer great opportunities for progression. Many people entering the industry will work their way up from an entry-level position to a senior role.

roles/AREAS Tour Operator This involves planning and organising trips for customers and clients. You’ll need to learn about certain destinations, where the airports are, which resorts will suit different types of holidaymakers and any other information that travellers require.

Tourist Information Working in tourist information services differs from tour operator roles in that it involves knowing a lot about a specific place, rather than a little about many destinations. Everyday tasks involve advising visitors on certain attractions, offering information on how to get around and where local amenities are. The chance to work abroad is often rife, as many overseas tourist centres require English-speaking staff.

Transport Whether its airport personnel, aircraft crew or cruise ship staff, there’s a lot of background work involved in commercial transport. Working in transport can offer the chance to see various places in between being on duty, making them attractive options for many.

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