Travel & Tourism Courses

Do you want to build a career in travel and tourism sector? If yes, this article will be of help to you. In this article, you will be reading about good travel and tourism courses available in India. Information such as course details, eligibility criteria and career prospects have also been covered here.

 

Travel and Tourism courses

 

Travel and Tourism sector is growing at a good pace in India. The Government is giving much importance to tourism sector. Various plans and initiatives have been designed and developed by the Government, keeping tourism sector in mind. This is a good sign. Tourism sector will employ many Indian nationals and help generate more revenue.

 

With the increase in the size of this sector, tourism industry is also going to need increased number of qualified travel and tourism professionals.

 

The field of travel and tourism primarily deals with taking care of tourists, hospitality management, travel management, tour management etc. It offers diverse job opportunities.

 

India is a well known tourist destination. Heritage, cultural and medical tourists throng Indian tourist destinations each year. Travel and Tourism management professionals may manage the accommodation, travel modes, tour program and overall stay of such tourists in India.

 

Not only in India, travel and tourism professionals may also perform the above mentioned tasks abroad, where they may take Indian nationals on tours!

 

Let us check some course details now. In India, travel and tourism courses are available in these formats-

  • Bachelor’s Degree courses
  • Diploma courses
  • Certificate courses
  • PG Degree courses
  • PG Diploma courses
  • PG Certificate courses

Travel and Tourism courses in India

 

1 Bachelor’s Degree courses

  • BA in Travel and Tourism Management
  • BA in Hospitality, Travel and Tourism Management
  • B.Sc. in Travel and Tourism Management
  • BA Tourism Studies
  • B.Sc. in Hospitality and Travel Management
  • BBA in Travel and Tourism Management
  • BBA in Hospitality and Travel Management
  • BBA in Air Travel Management
  • Bachelor of Tourism Studies
  • Bachelor of Tourism Administration
  • B.Com. Travel and Tourism Management
  • BA Travel and Tourism

 

The above mentioned courses are Undergraduate level Degree programs. They are various versions of BA, BBA and B.Sc. programs. Some generalized courses also exit, which are relevant to the field of travel and tourism management. They are- Hotel and Hospitality management courses, Aviation and Hospitality management courses, Culinary Arts courses.

 

After pursuing the generalized courses also, one could find a job in the travel and tourism sector.

 

Duration: Bachelor’s Degree programs are 3 years long (each).

 

Eligibility: 10+2 passed in any stream (Science, Commerce or Arts) is the minimum educational qualification required.

 

PG courses and further studies: After completing any of the above mentioned Degree programs, one may go for relevant PG courses such as MA, M.Sc., PG Diploma, Master of Tourism Studies, Master of Tourism Administration or MBA in Travel and Tourism management. For further advanced studies, one may go for PhD programs related to travel and tourism studies.

 

2 Diploma courses

  • Diploma in Travel and Tourism Management
  • Diploma in Hospitality and Travel Management
  • Diploma in Tourism Studies
  • Diploma in Aviation Hospitality and Travel Management
  • Diploma in Tourist Guide
  • Diploma in Tourism and Ticketing
  • Diploma in Airfare and Ticketing

 

Duration: Depending on the institute and the program, course duration could be anywhere between 1- 2 year. Some institutes are also known to offer foundation Diploma course lasting for a period of 6 months.

 

Eligibility: 10+2 passed in any stream (Science, Commerce or Arts) is the minimum educational qualification required.

 

3 Certificate courses

  • Certificate in Travel and Tourism Management
  • Certificate in Travel Management
  • Certificate in Tour Guide
  • Certificate in Tourism Management

 

Duration: Depending on the institute and the program, course duration could be anywhere between 6 months to 1 year.

 

Eligibility: 10th / 12th passed (depending on the criteria set by the institute).

 

Syllabus

Irrespective of the course format, there exist few core subjects, when it comes to travel and tourism studies. Let us check out those core subjects to get a better idea about the course structure.

  • Communication Skills
  • Fundamentals of Tourism
  • Accounting
  • Cultural History and Heritage of India
  • Tourism Policy and Law
  • Tourism Marketing
  • Management
  • Travel Agency Training
  • Tour Guiding Skills and Training
  • HR Management
  • Computer Utilization and Application
  • Office Management and Functions
  • Air Ticketing
  • Public Relations
  • Tour Operation

Career prospects and job opportunities

Diverse job opportunities are available in front of travel and tourism management professionals. Government as well as private sector enterprises are known to recruit them. Self employment is another popular career path that professionals may go for!

 

When it comes to Government sector, one may find a job at Tourism Boards (State as well as Central), Government Tourist information offices, Government run Hotels, Airlines, Transportation services etc.

 

When it comes to private sector, one may work for Travel agencies, Tour operators, Travel consultants, Airlines, Airports, Travel and ticketing websites, Visa and travel document service firms, Hotels, Resorts, Tourist information office, Cruise lines etc.

 

If one has entrepreneurship skills and access to decent financial resource, one may start own travel agency, ticketing firm, tour agency, travel consultancy, tourist information service etc.

 

Common job profiles available in front of travel and tourism professionals include-

  • Travel Agency staff
  • Travel and Tourism Consultant
  • Travel Agent
  • Tour Operator
  • Ticketing staff
  • Air hostess
  • Airline employee / Airport staff
  • Entrepreneur
  • Tour Guide
  • Customer service manager
  • Event manager
  • Tour manager
  • Tourism promoter / marketer

Salary

Starting salary depends on numerous factors. Prominent ones include- profile of the employer, job profile and job location. Average starting salary is between 10-15k Rupees per month. In case of Government job, the salary will be based on Pay Band and scale.

 

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