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
• 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.