Tour operators organise and arrange package holidays, which are either sold through travel agencies or marketed direct to the public.
What do they do?
An operator’s duties will include making travel arrangements and organising accommodation, sightseeing trips, etc. The Indian travel industry is leading the worldwide growth and travel agents are faced with travellers who want the best deal, and the latest information at their fingertips. To cater to this increasing demand, tour operators need to have the right experience, knowledge and dedication to act as a professional tour planners to create memorable holidays for their customers. Therefore, everything from the right sales attitude to profound knowledge of back-end processes is a must for aspirants who want to make a career in tour operations.
- Pleasing, amiable personality
- Able to intuit what clients want and support them
- Able to troubleshoot with ease
- High level of patience Presence of mind when stressed or facing danger
- Strong communication skills Flair for languages
How do I get there?
After completing Class 12, one can join a travel and tourism course (typically a year long) or even go in for a bachelor’s in the subject. There are master’s programmes available as well. Mountaineering courses can help you in the adventure tourism sector. Career opportunities in travel and tourism exist both in the public and private sector.