Graduates should be aware of the diversity of the tourism industry and the wide array of possible career options which they could consider. People 1st Sector Skills Council for Tourism, Travel, Leisure and Hospitality has an interactive career map, demonstrating the myriad of careers within the sector.
Areas within Tourism
- Accommodation - this would include working in hotels, leisure cruises, canal boats, villas and chalets.
- Tourism Intermediaries - this includes travel agencies, hire car companies, insurance companies and travel currency.
- Transport - including airports and airlines.
- Special Interest - Including ecotourism, adventure holidays and age specific holidays.
- Tourist Authorities and Strategic Management and Development Agencies - including tourist information agencies, NGO's and international agencies.
Current industry issues
In order to keep abreast of economic and political industry issues and to be able to demonstrate your commercial awareness to employers, it would be advisable to refer to sector specialists such as Visit England and to read trade papers relevant to your sector. This will ensure that you are prepared for questions which probe your current sector knowledge. The following trade magazines and sector specific web-sites sites for the hospitality, leisure, travel and tourism industries could be useful for keeping up to date with trends, jobs, strategies, training and innovations.
Euromonitor has a number of useful sector insights through its publication of online tourism reports and Travelmole is an industry web-site with news items which would be useful to refer to at job interviews and has job listings.