According to the World Travel and Tourism Council, Indian tourism revenue grew 6.9 percent to almost $42 billion in 2010 despite a global recession“Incredible India,” the marketing slogan that attracts tourists to India from around the globe, also reports incredible results for its marketers.
Tourism benefits India in three ways-employment, foreign currency and infrastructure development. This includes jobs in hotels, transport, attractions, and tour companies. Others indirectly benefit such as restaurants and retail shops. Tourism generates over $11 billion in foreign currency, assisting the country’s trade balance. Another benefit is infrastructure development such as hotel construction, airport improvements, and ground transportation systems.
Tourism is the fastest growing industry around the world and trained professionals are required to cater to the needs of the travelers. A very wide industry, 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. An approximate 20 million people are working in India’s Tourism industry. Career opportunities in travel and tourism are huge and the industry provides a range of job options for professionals with an appropriate education. Career Options such as Tour Manager, Customer Sales Executive, Travel Product Designer, Itinerary Planning, Sales and Marketing, Foreign Exchange, Travel Educator, reservation and counter staff, sales and marketing staff, tour escorts and tour operators. Airlines are on the constant lookout for the ground staff or in-flight associates, traffic assistants, reservation and counter staff, air hostess and flight pursers, sales, marketing, and client servicing staff. many unconventional opportunities available in this sector, including handling passports and visas, destination manager, travel consultant, front office management, HR, business development, PR and event management.
As a fresher in India, the candidate will start with a package of approximately 1.5 lakh to 3 lakh per annum.