1. Get started easily and advance quickly
One in three people get their start with a job in the tourism sector and if you’re enthusiastic and driven, advancement is often faster and easier than in other sectors, meaning the potential to kick-start your career and climb up the proverbial ladder is great.
2. Career choices
The job prospects and choices in the industry are fantastic with endless opportunities. There are a huge range of jobs in a variety of sectors including Travel Agent, Wholesaler, Visitor Information, Tour Operator, Cruising, Transport, Events and Tourism Services.
3. Tourism is a growth industry
According to the Minister for Trade and Investment, Andrew Robb, the Australian tourism industry is one of the country’s greatest strengths “[it] is our largest services industry export, earning $26 Billion a year.” To further enhance your prospects, the government has also launched the Tourism Employment Plan Guide and a new Tourism Employment Plan Advisory Service, to help the industry overcome regional labour and skills shortages.
4. The travel industry is innovative
The travel industry is one of the most competitive and innovative industries in the world with international destinations all vying for top spot. This ensures that new creative ideas and services are constantly being developed to keep up with tourist’s needs in order to stay ahead of the competition.
There’s a job to suit everyone in the tourism industry. With such diverse jobs in the industry, you can work in any kind of environment you wish, whether it be a routine nine-to-five or a more glamorous and unpredictable role.
6. Transferable skills
The skills gained working in the travel and tourism industry can be used in a number of different sectors and positions, whether inside the industry or in other business.
7. Travel while you earn
If you’re thinking of pursuing a career in the tourism industry then it’s more than likely your passionate about travel and one of the top reasons for choosing to work in the sector is that in many positions you can travel while you earn a living, whether locally, nationally or internationally.
8. Learning potential
Another great reason for working within the industry is the potential for learning about a number of tourism and travel subjects, including gaining local travel knowledge, learning about different cultures and nationalities and finding perfect travel destinations when you’re ready to take a break.
9. Stay true to your ethics
The tourism industry has immense economic value for a country’s economy and people, and greatly benefits local communities through the creation of jobs with fair wages without exploiting the local environment.
10. Make people happy
Lastly, but certainly not least is your potential to make people happy. There are a number of roles in the industry that are all about helping people to go on their dream holiday and creating an experience they’ll never forget. According to Michael Owens, President and CEO of the Tourism Leadership Council, “My job is to make people happy.”
**Open Colleges does not currently offer any travel and tourism courses**