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The Travel Industry – Travel Agents

Thanks to magazine and lifestyle television shows, like Top Billing and PasellA, more and more people are looking for work in the travel industry.
Working in an industry that requires a love of travel is great but it is not a main task – it is not simply about relaxation and adventure. Travel agents, destination bloggers and lifestyle presenters have a job to do. This is business as usual, and it takes positive work ethic and drive to become successful in the industry.

There are a multitude of travelling centred jobs available, ranging from travel agent to guest house owner, to game park driver. The possibilities are endless.

Being a Travel Agent
Travel agents are responsible for helping members of the public select and organise their ideal holiday on a limited budget. It’s twice as hard when they have to do it on their own. Employees may receive free or subsidised foreign travel as a perk of the job.

A travel agent’s role is to help people plan, choose and arrange their holiday. They will usually work to a budget, set out by whoever is planning the holiday. They also offer advice and opinions on where to go and local tourist attractions, events and customs.

Typical duties include:
• Promoting and marketing the business
• Dealing with customer queries and complaints
• Providing advice about visas or passports
• Recruiting, training and supervising staff
• Managing budgets
• Maintaining statistical and financial records
• Planning
• Selling holidays and insurance
• Meeting profit or sales targets
• Preparing promotional materials and displays

Typical employers of travel agents
• Tour operators
• Package holiday operators
• Cruise lines
• Independent travel agents

Is this the industry for you?
Speak to FHH Consultants today, let us assist you in finding the ideal job.