Travel and Tourism one of the world’s largest foreign exchange earner among industries, provides employment directly to millions of people worldwide and indirectly through many associated service industries. A very wide industry, it includes Government tourism departments, Immigration and customs services, travel agencies, airlines, tour operators, hotels etc and many associated service industries such as airline catering or laundry services, Guides, Interpreters, Tourism promotion and sales etc. Travel and Tourism enterprises include major internationals with a workforce of thousands, to the small private travel agent with a handful of employees.

  • Eco Tourism
  • Adventure Tourism
  • Health Tourism
  • Rural Tourism
  • Wildlife Tourism
  • Spiritual Tourism
  • Historical Tourism
  • Religious Tourism

You can opt for diploma, certificate, undergraduate or postgraduate programs to be a part of this budding industry. The minimum eligibility criterion for taking admission to a tourism course at the undergraduate level is the completion of Class XII.

On the other hand if you’re looking for an admission to postgraduate programmes, you must be a graduate from a recognised institute and also appear for an entrance test and clear the group discussions and Personal Interviews. Distance Learning programs in Tourism and Travel management are also provided by many institutes along degree courses, certificate courses, PG Diploma and degree courses, etc.

The following courses can be opted for by the students wanting to be a part of the Travel and Tourism industry:

UG courses travel and tourism management

  • Bachelor in Tourism Studies

PG courses travel and tourism management

  • Master of Tourism Administration
  • Master in Travel Administration
  • M.A. in Tourism Management

Diploma courses travel and tourism management

  • PG Diploma in Travel and Tourism
  • Diploma in Tourism and Hotel Management
  • Diploma in Airline, Travel and Tourism
  • Communication Skills
  • Enthusiasm
  • Extrovert personality
  • Understanding of social etiquettes
  • Passion for travelling/Exploring
  • Pleasant disposition

There are many options to venture into to be a part of the tourism sector; public and private. The following are some of the profiles one can look into:

  • Tourism Department
  • Airlines
  • Hotels
  • Tour operators
  • Travel Agents
  • Transport.

Remuneration Jobs in the travel and tourism industry offer good remuneration and perquisites, which include free travel for employees and their families. Salaries may vary within the industry and are higher in foreign airlines and agencies. Basic Pay scales at different levels are approximately: * Counter Clerk Rs. 1,500-2,000 * Assistant Rs. 2,000-2,500 * Junior Executive Rs. 3,000-3,500 * Regional Manager Rs. 3,800 -4,500 * General Manager Rs. 5,000-6,000 * Air Hostess- Rs 6,000 basic salary for domestic to Rs 40,000 in international airlines Regional guides: Their charges may range from Rs400 and above for an eight hour day. They may earn between 30,000-40,000 Rs or more in the three to four months of the tourist peak season.

  • Indian Institute of Tourism and Travel Management- Delhi, Gwalior, Bhubaneswar, Nellore
  • Himachal Pradesh University- Shimla
  • Banaras Hindu University
  • Aligharh Muslim University
  • National Institute of Tourism and Hospitality Management- Hyederabad
  • Dibrugarh University, Centre of Mgmt Studies (CMS) – Dibrugarh, Assam
  • Institute of Mgmt Sciences (University of Lucknow) – Lucknow
  • Victoria University Of Wellington
  • Wintec University
  • Plymouth University
  • University Of Greenwich
  • University Of Surrey
  • Bath Spa University