TOUR OPERATOR

TOUR OPERATOR

 

A BRIEF INTRO

Tour operators organise and arrange package holidays, which are either sold through travel agencies or marketed direct to the public. An operator’s duties will include making travel arrangements and organizing accommodation, sightseeing trips, etc

TYPICAL WORK SCHEDULE

The average workday of a tour operator in a small company:

9 am: Reach office and reply to e-mails

10 am: Call various camps and draw out an occupancy report

12:30 pm: Scrutinize social networking websites for any queries about treks

1 pm: Lunch break

2 pm: Meet corporate clients

5 pm: Call up camps to do a general scrutinize for any scrutinizeouts expected the next day

6 pm: Meet foreign tourists

9 pm: Pack for trip to one of the camps

SALARY STRUCTURE

In a large travel company: Counter clerk: Rs 13,000 to Rs 17,000 per month Assistant: Rs 18,000to Rs 20,000 per month Junior executive: Rs 24,000 to Rs 31,000 per month Regional manager: Rs 35,000 to Rs 50,000 per month All figures are indicative and may vary according to DESIRED QUALITIES and experience

DESIRED QUALITIES

  • 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 DESIRED QUALITIES
  • Flair for languages

HOW DO I GET THERE ?

  • After completing one’s senior secondary education, 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

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PROS AND CONS

  • You get to travel a lot
  • You can start your own venture after gaining enough experience in the field
  • You get exposed to different cultures, meet interesting people
  • Hectic schedules might leave you with less time for family
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