Want to Work in Tourism?

Tourism has become a major recreation pursuit, and commercial industry world wide. It is so significant today that some regions (even some countries) economies, are more heavily dependent upon tourism than anything else. The tourism industry encompasses the provision of all those services used by people when travelling away from home. The reason for travel is most obviously "a holiday"; but may also be "business".

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This course prepares you for working in the tourism industry, or developing your own tourism based business.

It is a starting point. providing a foundation that aims to develop your skills in tourism planning and management


There are ten lessons in this module as follows:

  1. Travel Industry Overview/Introduction   Holiday travel, Business travel, Resources, Components of travel (Accommodation, Transport, Food, Luggage/what to take, Health, Money, etc)
  2. Destinations   Local, State, Interstate, International; health before departure.
  3. Money, Insurance & Legalities   Credit cards, traveler cheques, exchange rates, International driving, quarantine laws, Islamic law, political concerns, tariffs, duty free, departure taxes etc.
  4. Transport - Airline reservations    International Air Transport Assn, Aircraft types, Flight information, transfers, time zones, passports, visas, baggage, travelling with animals, making a reservation, etc.
  5. Transport - Car Rental Types of hire cars, reading manuals, different road rules, making reservations, cost structures, etc
  6. Transport-Other, boat (ferries, cruising), bus, rail etc
  7. Accommodation    Camping, Caravans, Tents, B & B's & Guesthouses, Hotels, Youth Hostels, Resorts, etc
  8. Package Tours
  9. Travel Agency Systems    Ethics, Tourist organisations, Client records and accounts procedures, etc.
  10. Special Project-planning a trip

It's a Big Industry, with Lots of Potential

Every travel destination offers a range of options in transport (getting there), accommodation (where you stay), eating and attractions. There may also be special considerations that need to be taken into account by anyone who visits that destination. 

Throughout this course, you develop an ability to understand and consider different destinations, with respect to a range of factors, including:

- Geography
- Transport
- Accommodation
- Eating
- Attractions
- Special considerations

The tourism industry can be broken down into different sectors or areas of enterprise, such as:

Marketing specialists
These deal with particular clients or groups of clients. They may be businesses that cater to people who live in a particular place; or people who have shared common interests. They may include travel agents, tour wholesalers, and tourism promotional agencies

Carrier or Transport Services
These include rental cars, rail, bus coach, airlines, and cruise shipping services

Accommodation Services
These are businesses that are primarily focused on providing accommodation, such as hotels, resorts, motels, campgrounds, B&Bs, caravan parks, restaurants and cafes

Attractions Sector
The attractions sector are concerned with providing destinations in the form of places to visit, things to see and things to do when travelling. They may include theme parks, zoos, museums, national parks, festivals, sporting events, and any other tourist-orientated entertainment facilities or attractions.

Tour operators
Tour operators provide the human support for doing things when on holidays. These can be businesses involved in providing tour guides, tour group leaders, drivers, and hosts. 

Comprehensive Tourism Businesses
Often these different areas or sectors overlap, particularly in larger enterprises (eg. major hotels or resorts) but others specialize, focusing on just catering for one part of the overall holiday experience.