India is blessed with geographic, natural, artistic and cultural diversity that attracts people from around the world;
Demand for travel and tourism is projected to touch US$ 266.10 billion (equivalent to Rs.14,601.70 billion) by the FY 2018-19; Compound annual growth rate has been 13% for foreign arrivals and 16.4% for domestic tourists
A student who is interested in a career in the tours and travels sector has the option of pursuing graduate, post-graduate, diploma and certifications courses such as Bachelor in Tourism Studies, B.Com,. (Travel and Tourism), Master of Tourism Administration, Master in Travel Administration, M.A. (Tourism Management), Diploma in Tourism and Hotel Management, Diploma in Airline, Travel and Tourism, Post Graduate Diploma / Advance Diploma in Travel and Tourism Management, Certificate Course in Travel and Tourism, Certificate Course in Tourism Studies,
Options after 12th standard
To be eligible to pursue an undergraduate course or a certification course, the candidate should have passed the Higher Secondary Certificate or 10+2 or any equivalent examination.
Options after graduation
After graduation in any discipline, a student is eligible for admission to a post-graduate course in travel and tourism. Admission is granted on the basis of performance in an entrance test, group discussion and interview. Proficiency in at least one foreign language is an added advantage.
Leading institutes and colleges
Candidates interested in a career in tours and travels could look for admission in one of these colleges/institutes.
i.Indian Institute of Tourism and Travel Management, New Delhi/Gwalior/Bhubaneswar/Nellore;
ii.Institute of Tourism and Future Management, Chandigarh;
iii.Shri Krishnadevaraya University, Anantapur, Andhra Pradesh;
iv.Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra;
v.National University of Tourism and Hospitality Management, Hyderabad;
vi.Goa University, Goa;
vii.Sri Venkateshwara College, Delhi University, New Delhi;
viii.School of Vocational Studies, Delhi University, New Delhi;
ix.Annamalai University, Tamil Nadu;
x.Utkal University, Bhubaneswar;
xi.Tezpur University, Assam;
xii.Sophia College, Mumbai;
xiii.Kumaon University, Naini Tal;
xiv.SNDT Women’s University, Mumbai;
xv.Punjabi University, Patiala.
xvi.Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla;
xvii.Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi;
xviii.Kerala Institute of Tourism and Travel Studies, Thiruvanathapuram;
xix.Institute of Management Studies, Ghaziabad;
xx.Regional College of Management, Bhubaneswar;
xxi.Centre of Management Studies, Dibrugarh University, Dibrugarh, Assam;
xxii.Institute of Management Sciences, University of Lucknow, Lucknow.
International Air Transport Association which is a global organization also organises training programmes.The IATA conducts a standardized entry level course. It also conducts advanced courses for travel agents, cargo agents, international air cargo rating and a refresher course for handling of dangerous goods.
A career in the tours and travels sector could be as a Lobby Manager, Front Office Executive, Tour Operations Manager, Ticketing Assistant, Reservation Executive, Immigration Consultant, Operations Executive, Tour Management Executive, etc. Careers could be either office based or outdoors depending upon the designation and the category of employer.
i.Knowledge of computer operations (10%);
ii.Fluency in spoken and written English and one regional / foreign language (25%);
iii.Good interpersonal skills and friendly personality (25%);
iv.Presentation skills (15%);
v.Excellent organizing skills (25%)
The eligibility criterion for employment in the Directorate and Department of Tourism is a degree in travel and tourism. Officers are recruited through public examinations conducted by the Central and State Governments. Information Assistants should be well versed in the English language and be graduates with knowledge of Indian history, architecture and art. The employment opportunity is advertised in the Employment News and the selection is through competitive examination conducted by the Staff Selection Commission.
Beside the Government of India and the State Governments, there are also abundant career opportunities with the airline operators, tour operators, travel agencies, hotels, etc.
i.India Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC);
ii.Make My Trip;
iii.Thomas Cook Limited;
iv.Cox & Kings Limited;
vi.Sita Online Tourism Corporation (SOTC) (owned by Kuoni India);
x.Akbar Travels of India Private Limited;
xiii.Raj Tours and Travels;
xiv.Skyspeed Tours and Travels Company;
xv.ITS Travels and Tours.
A fresher starting his career in the travel and tourism industry can reasonably expect to earn around Rs.12,000/- to Rs.25,000/- per month.
Pluses and minuses
i.Great opportunity to see your country and perhaps the world and be paid for it;
ii.You meet people from all over the country and the world;
i.You may need to be a linguist to be really successful;
ii.You are compelled to spend time away from your family;