World Tourism Day is observed every year on September 27 to raise awareness on tourism in countries across the globe. This year the theme of World Tourism Day (WTD) is ''Tourism and the Digital Transformation.'' According to the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), a digitally advanced tourism sector can improve entrepreneurship, inclusion, local community empowerment, and efficient resource management, amongst other important development objectives.
India's tourism and hospitality industry have emerged as one of the biggest drivers of service sector growth rate. Tourism is yet another demanding field and this sector is believed to be the world's largest employer. When tourism in India has huge potential with rich cultural and historical heritage, the career in this industry also has to be a lucrative one. A range of career options is available to venture into the tourism sector. Here are the top 10 careers in tourism you should not miss on this World Tourism Day (WTD).
This is one of the top jobs in the tourism industry. Tour coordinators often called as tour guides guide a group of tourists or visitors through attractive locales. The tour guides should have a sound knowledge about specific areas that include historic sites and museums. One should also know about the best heritage destinations in the specific areas besides attractive sites.
The primary responsibility of a hotel manager is to oversee all the aspects of a hotel starting from housekeeping to maintenance. One should hone skills such as interpersonal skills, communications skills and organising skills to become a successful hotel manager. With a professional certificate in hotel management, candidates can aim for the managerial position in a hotel.
This is a dream job for many candidates who are aiming to pursue a career in tourism. The job of a cruise manager is an exciting opportunity in tourism with a lot of responsibilities that includes event planning, administrative work and operations. The pay structure is also impressive for cruise managers specifically in tourist destination countries.
Adventure Tour Guide
Adventure tours are the most opted ones among youngsters to enjoy their weekends. This has also gained popularity among working professionals to keep stress at bay with activities like hiking, trekking, rappelling, rafting and others. When the adventure tours are soaring high, there is a dire demand for tour coordinators or guides. One can opt this field and start working as a tour guide, adventure tour operator, safari guide, etc.
This position has gained popularity in the recent times because of the time constraint issues being faced by all. It is also a bit tough to handle or organise an event. The main responsibility of an event manager or organiser is to arrange all the required property to make it successful.
Though the perspective of people has changed in the recent times towards travel bookings, it's often easier and advised to take help of a travel agent who has several years of experience in ticket booking, scrutinising hotels and organising holiday activities. Candidates who are considering to become a travel agent will get a plethora of opportunities in the private firms.
The executive chef will be superior to the group of chefs in the kitchen. The job role includes the creation of the menu and personnel management. This position is followed by the sous chef, who assists the executive chef. Candidates with a professional certificate in the culinary field will be placed with a good pay structure.
Visitor Information Manager
Tourists or visitors have umpteen questions related to connectivity, restaurants, currency exchange and boarding. The job responsibility of an information manager is to clear the queries and provide accurate information. One will find many opportunities as an information manager in the private sector.
There is no need of special introduction of sommelier often known as a wine waiter. A person who has the love and passion for wine and other beverages can take up this career. One will find a lot of opportunities in the restaurants, hotels and pubs. The pay structure for a sommelier in foreign countries is deemed very high.
Most of you might be thinking about why we included interpreters/ translators in the tourism industry. The reason is very simple that thousands of foreigners visit our country who are not familiar with local languages. Hence, they usually hire interpreters/ translators for the entire tour. The interpreters get placements in tour and travel companies alongside embassies.