The scope and career opportunities of PG Courses in travel and tourism is a very useful and interesting subject of discussion in today’s era when travel and tourism has become a highly demanding field witnessing exponential growth in the recent past. This extremely dynamic and competitive field opens doors to numerous career opportunities after completing the course from a well-recognized and renowned institute in India.
PG in travel and tourism has very high potential with diverse opportunities available in both the public and the private sector. The public sector has prospects in the directorates as well as departments of Tourism of the states and centre as well in the role of Tourist Guides, Officers, Information Assistants, etc. The private sector has plenty of opportunities in hotels, travel agencies,transport, airlines, tour operators, cargo companies, etc.
Now let us study in details regarding the scope and career opportunities if you choose to pursue a PG course in travel and tourism after the completion of your graduate degree:
As we know that hotel industry is a core service industry and it serves the primary requirement of food and accommodation, you will have an option of choosing your area of work from front office to operations, or accounting, engineering, housekeeping, maintenance, F& B, etc. It may also include security department, or public relations and sales, etc. as one of the several departments to work with.
- Tourism Department
If you pursue your PG in travel and tourism, you will be having numerous job opportunities in the roles like tour planners and guides, sales and marketing person or reservation and counter staff as well. You will also be involved in planning as well as promotion of tourism activities if you become a part of the Government’s tourism department.
- Tour Operators
Tour operators are those who organized directed and planned tours to the several tourist spots and handle the entire stay and travel of the tourists. There are various companies that operate tour facilities for both the domestic and the international tourists. Some of them might be for the usual destinations such as hill stations and monuments, while others are for the purpose of uncommon activities like rock climbing, river rafting, camping and hang gliding, etc. Tour operators need manpower for two purposes –one is for selling their concept and the other is for accompanying the groups to the destinations. The agencies look for people who are welcoming and helpful as well.
- Transport Industry
Apart from airlines, travel facilities are also inclusive of car hire companies, rail services, coach operators etc. Whatever means of transport that carries tourists from one place to another, be it air travel or road or railway or sea, etc. would come under the purview of travel and tourism. And the best part is that tourists use almost all of these travel facilities!
- Travel Agencies
Travel agents are people who assess the requirements of tourists and provide them help in making the best in-class travel arrangements from the numerous travel options available to them. They deal with each and every need of the client including – important documents required for the travel, guidance of shortest route, mode of travel, best rates for currency exchange, idea about the climate of the place their client is planning to visit, suitable places to stay, etc.
So, PG Courses in travel and tourism basically aim at equipping you with all the desired skills that you would need to have an upward career trajectory. Not only above-mentioned scopes, but you will also have career opportunities in the field of research work in this industry. Your major areas of study would include subjects like – Tour operations management, Tourism principles and practices,Economics for tourism, Tourism marketing, International tourism, Relationship marketing, Travel agency management, etc.