Travel and tourism is one of the most important sectors. It is the largest earner of foreign exchange. It is a very wide industry as it includes Government tourism departments, Immigration and customs services, travel agencies, airlines, tour operators, hotels etc and many associated service industries such as airline catering or laundry services, Guides, Interpreters, Tourism promotion and sales etc. Travel and Tourism enterprises include major internationals with a workforce of thousands, to the small private travel agent with a handful of employees.
There are graduate, post graduate level, diploma and certificate courses available in this field. The minimum eligibility for the under graduate level is 10+2 pass. At the post graduate level the criteria is graduate in any discipline. Different institutes also conduct entrance tests which are followed by group discussion and personal interviews.
Tourism is a very wide field; therefore, the scope in this field is very bright. There are a large number of opportunities which are still untapped. There are career opportunities in both public as well as private sector. There are career options in different areas like:
Jobs in travel and tourism industry offer amazing remuneration and perquisites. Basic pay levels at different levels are:
Counter Clerk Rs. 1,500-2,000
Assistant Rs. 2,000-2,500
Junior Executive Rs. 3,000-3,500
Regional Manager Rs. 3,800 -4,500
General Manager Rs. 5,000-6,000
Air Hostess- Rs 6,000 basic salary for domestic to Rs 40,000 in international airlines
Regional guides : Their charges may range from Rs400 and above for an eight hour day. They may earn between 30,000-40,000 Rs or more in the three to four months of the tourist peak season.