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Travel & Tourism Professional Career Information

What a Travel & Tourism Professional does

Abilities & Traits Required


Graduation in any stream is fine for an entry level position.

For a higher-level job as an executive in the tour and travel industry, you need to have a PG Diploma in Tourism/MTA (Master of Tourism Administration)/MBA, to extract an advantage over general graduates. MBA are generally recruited for marketing. If you have a diploma or degree in Hotel Management, you can get a good job in the executive cadre.

There are many institutes that offer diplomas in travel & tourism. In Mumbai you can do it from Tradewings, Radio Bhuvan IHCTM, Mumbai University, K.C. College or SNDT.

If ticketing is what you are looking at, an IATA diploma from Geneva is the most reliable. Stay clear of fake classes that claim to offer IATA certified courses. It is common to see the IATA sign on tickets or agencies. Any agency needs at least two IATA diploma holders as employees in order to get the certification.

To get a job in the government departments, airlines and travel agencies the minimum eligibility is graduation in any discipline. To qualify as a travel guide, you should be a graduate or postgraduate in History/Archaeology along with a certificate course in guiding. Recruitment into government tourism departments is done through the UPSC (Union Public Service Commission) or SPSC (State Public Service Commission)


In a government department you'll start at a gross salary of about Rs 15000 per month.

In a corporate sector travel agency, your starting pay will be about Rs 20000-30000 a month if you have certificate or diploma in tourism.

If you have an MTA your starting salary could be Rs 15000-25000 or more per month. MBA get a higher start at about Rs 30000-50000 or more per month.

The money notwithstanding, the perks in the field are more attractive. You can get free tickets for a certain period of time or annually for yourself and your family. Plus you get to travel free with your clients if you are the tour leader going out with a group.

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