If you think back to the last holiday you had, what were the highlights that you remember? The spacious hotel room with a view of the sea? The planned excursions while you were away? Or the mouth-watering food served at the fancy restaurant you went to?
There are many people behind the scenes who make things happen so that you can enjoy your holiday, from the travel agent who booked your flights and accommodation, to the housekeeper at the hotel, and the local travel guide who showed you around.
If you’re looking for exciting career opportunities in this line of work, look no further. Here are the top 10 careers in Tourism & Hospitality.
1) Travel Agent
Travel Agents research, plan, and book trips for individuals and groups. Although people are starting to research and book their travel plans online, it’s often easier to use a Travel Agent, as they have years of experience and knowledge. They are able to help with flight bookings, hotel selection, transfer arrangements, and holiday activities.
If you’re considering becoming a Travel Agent, you will need great organisational skills, attention to detail, and the ability to think on your feet. Find out more about a day in the life of a Travel Consultant here.
2) Hotel Manager
Hotel Managers oversee all aspects of running a hotel – from housekeeping and general maintenance to budget management and marketing of the hotel. If you’re considering a career as a Hotel Manager, you will need excellent interpersonal skills, experience in the hospitality industry, and a number of years’ experience in managing employees.
You will be responsible for the daily running of the hotel, including recruiting, training and supervising staff; managing budgets; planning maintenance work; dealing with customers’ complaints; overseeing reservations; promoting and marketing the hotel; and ensuring that the hotel complies with health and safety regulations.
3) Spa Manager
Spa Managers are responsible for the day-to-day running of health and/or beauty spas. They manage a spa’s finances, employees, and services. Many of the tasks are business-related and can include recordkeeping, getting involved in promotional campaigns, maintaining stock inventories, and payroll management.
Spa Managers typically create weekly work schedules, oversee general spa maintenance, train new employees, and arrange staff workshops on new treatments. Often, experience in spa management is essential when applying for a position.
4) Tour Operator
A Tour Operator typically combines tour and travel components to create holiday packages. He or she will deal with various service providers, including bus operators, airlines and hoteliers.
Tour Operators prepare itineraries for various destinations and will often monitor trends in popular destinations in order to put together attractive holiday packages for clients. Tour Operators mainly deal with Travel Agents, while Travel Agents deal with the public. Tour Operators will often visit destinations to check whether they should include them in their packages. If you enjoy travelling, this might be the job for you.
5) Event & Conference Organiser
Organising any event or conference is time consuming, so an Event and Conference Organiser will help with the finer details of planning an event. The role is hands-on and often involves working as part of a bigger team. Event and Conference Organisers co-ordinate every detail of meetings and conferences, from the speakers and meeting locations to the printed materials and audio-visual equipment.
If you’re interested in becoming an Event and Conference Organiser, you will need to be able to think on your feet, pay attention to detail, deal with clients and suppliers, and work under tight deadlines. You will also have to be willing to work long hours in order to ensure the success of an event.
6) Tour Guide
Tour Guides work in the travel industry, and give guided tours to groups of visitors/tourists. Tour Guides must have expert knowledge of specific areas, including natural features, historic sites, museums, and other tourist destinations. Guides may give walking tours, bus tours, or even boat tours.
If you decide to become a Tour Guide, you will probably get most of your experience on the job. You will need excellent communication skills – and speaking more than one language will definitely benefit you.
7) Executive Chef
If you hear “Executive Chef”, you might think of the local celebrity chef Reuben Riffel, or the renowned UK-based chef Gordon Ramsay. The Executive Chef is in charge of a restaurant’s kitchen, and is responsible for managing the kitchen staff, planning the menu, sourcing the freshest ingredients, and making sure that food hygiene is maintained throughout the restaurant. An Executive Chef must be able to spot problems and resolve them quickly and efficiently.
If you’re passionate about cooking for a crowd and think you might have what it takes, this might be the perfect career for you.
In short, a Wine Sommelier is an expert in wines. A Wine Sommelier is passionate about wine. He or she is a highly trained and knowledgeable wine professional, specialising in all aspects of wine service. Five-star restaurants will often employ a Sommelier to develop their wine list and to help customers find a wine within their budget that suits their tastes and complements their food.
As a Sommelier, your day might not start until 14:00, when you review your inventory, meet with suppliers, and arrange to taste wines. Before the restaurant opens for dinner, you go over the wine list with your staff. Then you work the floor, seeing to customer’s needs. Your day might not end until 01:00 or 02:00 in the morning.
9) PR Manager
A PR Manager manages a brand’s reputation, and will plan, develop, and implement specific strategies to build and maintain the overall brand and reputation. Often, the PR Manger will also act as the company’s spokesperson. In the Tourism and Hospitality environment, a PR Manager might work for a hotel chain, a cruise company, or a game reserve.
The job will involve writing and syndicating positive press releases about the brand, arranging events at the hotel (including press conferences, exhibitions, open days, and tours) and connecting with relevant influencers in the industry. PR Managers will also have to deal with potential crisis situations. If you’re interested in becoming a PR Manager, you will have to have excellent communication and problem-solving skills.
10) Leisure Activity Co-ordinator
Leisure Activity Co-ordinators usually work for resorts and hotel chains. They’re the people on the ground who make sure that any planned activities run smoothly. They’re also responsible for every aspect of the day-to-day management of a leisure centre, organising health and fitness programmes, promoting and marketing the business, and interacting with guests. To become a Leisure Activity Co-ordinator, you will need excellent interpersonal skills, as you will spend most of your time interacting with guests.
I am going to study Tourism this year so i want to know what job i will work after compliting my degree
what do you enjoy doing
if you love travelling the tour operator is your way to go
Yes i really love The travel and tourism course and I wish to pursue my career in it but I’m confused I need help
To find out which course is best for you, please contact one of our student advisors at email@example.com. In the meantime take a look at the course that are available to study via distance learning – https://www.oxbridgeacademy.edu.za/courses/tourism-hospitality/
good foe uu:/
l would like a career in executive chef
We do not offer chef courses, but we do have hospitality and catering courses. Take a look at these Hospitality and tourism courses or contact a student advisor for more information.
A Hotel Manager
I would like to be a general manager
Yes I would like to be a general manager
On Oxbridge Academy do they provide job for you while studying?
We are a private college for distance learning studies. For career advise and job advertisements you can try Careers24 or Bizcommunity.
I would like a career in hotel management
Please contact one of our student advisors: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on our hotel management course.
I would like to study under tourism and hospitality
and I would like to know that do Oxbridge Academy do they provide job for you while studying?
If you want to find out more about our Tourism courses, click here: https://www.oxbridgeacademy.edu.za/courses/tourism-hospitality/. We do not provide work as we are an educational institution.
If I will going to take the tourism course , Can I be a flight attendants?
Tourism courses will be a component of flight attendant qualifications, but it wouldn’t make you a flight attendant.
I would like to be a tour operator but I just want to know if it is a must to travel everytime to check for the client holiday place .
And what are the good benefit in me becaming a tour operator?
This would be specific to the place you work at. If you want to find out more maybe contact a local travel agency.
I’d like to become an air hostess therefore I am going to study tourism. Is it a good option??
Hi Rae min
Yes, Tourism is definitely a good course to study as a step on your way to becoming an air hostess.
How many years does it take to study tourism?
If you do the N4-N6 qualification it normally takes up to 3 years. You also have to do 18 months practical/internship.
Am studying tourism and hotel management can I get employment while still studying please
That would depend on the company you apply to as every company will have specific requirements for a job.
Hi I’d like to become an Tour Operator therefore I am going to study tourism. Is it a good option??
Studying Tourism is definitely a good optionv if you want to become a tour operator.
For more info contact us at email@example.com
What courses should I take in order to become an Leisure Activity Coordinator?
We don’t offer any Leasure Activities courses and thus, I have no idea which courses you will need. Try an online search regarding this career.
this was very useful!!!1!
this was very helpful for my report
Is it possible for me to study PR Manager and be able to work in other Countries…
Project management is a skill that you can apply anywhere. So yes you can work in another country, but it will also depend on your experience and how your CV looks etc.
I do Tourism at high school I pass grade 12 on 2019 . I got 68 percentage on Tourism
Which job can take me
Please I want to be part of tourism industry
M doing business studies , economics , tourism,maths lit..
Once you have passed your matric, there are many options for you to follow, but we would recommend the N4-N6 Tourism qualification. Start with the N4 Tourism course and from there you can continue on to N5 and N6 and with 18 months practical experience you can recieve your National Diploma.
For more information please contact one of our student advisors: firstname.lastname@example.org.
I want to be a tour guide is it possible
Excuse me Mrs. pape but how could i become a TOUR OPERATOR?
As with many careers you need to have a qualification first and then apply for a job at a hotel or spa or tourism company and so forth. Doing the N4-N6 National qualification at Oxbridge Academy would give you the best chance at a career as a tour operator.
If you need more information please contact email@example.com
Excuse me Mrs. pape but how could i become a spa manager?
I want to know that i can still change my subjects in collage becouse now m at grade 10
Regarding change of subjects, this is something you should ask your school, but normally schools allow you to change subjects.
All of the best
I am studying tourism and hospitality and i want to become a tour operator.What more information about tour operator?
Is it possible..that if we apply for Hospitality and tourism than we will be able for working in travel agency?
I would like a job in tourism management
I looking forward for studying tourism and I would to ask that it’s a good course or I’m wasting my time?
you will become a tour operator, hotel manager , sommellier ect