The travel and tourism industry is an important source of revenue and jobs to many economies, families and persons. From the initial contact with a travel agent when planning a dream vacation to the return flight home, the number of jobs for workers in travel and tourism are on the rise. According to the World Travel and Tourism Council, WTTC, the travel and tourism industry is expected to create 260 million jobs, or one in 12 of all jobs on the planet in 2012.
Pilots may spend long flight hours navigating airplanes and transporting passengers between domestic and international flights, while flight attendants oversee passenger safety and comfort and assist with flight emergencies. Taxi drivers, shuttle bus drivers and chauffeurs transport tourists and travelers between hotel, restaurant, airport and entertainment destinations.
Hotel managers make sure that staff meet hotel standards and guidelines for guest services. Concierges assist guests with information regarding directions, transportation, events and reservations. Luggage porters and bell persons help guests transport luggage to their room and deliver laundry, newspapers and linen to guest rooms. Housekeepers clean guest rooms and public hotel areas.
Tour guides provide individual visitors and large groups with educational tours of museums, zoos and parks, or even escort them from country to country. At theme and amusement parks, attendants operate rides and operate other recreation opportunities. Others find work in the gaming industry as casino hosts, event planners, money counters and personnel managers.
Agents, Planners and Cruise Line Staff
Travel agents plan travel and help with reservations and recommendations. Others plan special event packages and trips. Lifeguards and fitness trainers also serve visitors in hotels and vacation destinations. Individuals may find employment on a cruise ship as cruise directors, hostesses, cabin stewards and medical staff. They may also work in food preparation as waiters and waitresses, chefs, cooks and bartenders.