Employment In The Travel Industry

In the case of world travel, studies have been done showing that half of all baby boomers or people aged 45 to 59 dream about it. You can say that those who account for 32 percent of all hotel accommodations purchased in the United States are those who are over 55. Most of these are leisure travelers, and most are spending impressive sums of money on restaurants, lodging, tours and sightseeing.

It will not take a crystal ball to predict the impact of aging but active baby boomers on the travel industry. In this case, considering trends toward early retirement and a healthy economy, an unmatched boom for the travel industry is forecasted by the demographics.

An industry boom is nearly always good news for job seekers and career changers. It will be wise for you to explore your options if you are considering work in the travel industry.

In this case, positions in marketing, Web page management, sales, and publishing should also be considered in addition to being a travel agent. It will be wise for you to focus on the niches that serve mature travelers such as the group tour industry. As mentioned by a group travel manager for a travel agency, packaged tours for seniors are a growth area with increasing competition from new companies.

The kinds of jobs included in this case are bus driver, tour guide, planner, customer service representative, and marketing specialist. For the trips offered by this travel agency, these are meant for senior travelers and so mature drivers and escorts are especially appreciated. Considering their drivers, these include retired postal workers and city bus drivers.

When it comes to this, a good bond exists between the passengers and the drivers and this is because they share the same humor and outlook and they are of the same age. When it comes to many of the jobs in the travel and hospitality industry, no specific training is necessary but travel agents will benefit from this.

The vice president of marketing for a retail travel agents association recommends starting as an outside travel agent before making the leap to running your own agency. What an established agency might give you is a commission if you booked travel arrangements for family and friends. By considering a special training program, such as the certification as a Specialist in Mature Adult Travel, sponsored by the association of American travel agents, you can capitalize on the trend toward senior travelers.

She wanted to try working for the travel industry and so one lady took early retirement from a US company after 30 years in supervision and customer service. She conducted some research and then she sent letters and resumes to dozens of tour groups.

A response that was not heartening came her way. It took several months before she sent another letter, this one to the very top, after which she got a job offer from the vice president in charge of tours.

After this happened, she started as a part time marketing specialist and quickly added the title Tour Escort to her resume and this was five years ago. Nowadays, she is in her 50s but she continues to take groups of senior travelers to such destinations as Branson, Missouri, and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. As mentioned by her, she gets a lot of satisfaction from seeing people have a good time.

What is exciting in Branson is seeing the shows and sometimes getting up close to the stars. She also enjoys the confidence expressed by groups that request her as the escort on their trips and the friendships she has formed with passengers. These advantages help to balance the hard work inherent in days that can start before dawn and end long after the sun has set.

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Lindsay said...

I believe the travel agent has to be someone with common sense and good judgement. That is the person that makes tourist choose hotel, restaurants or shopping malls over others. When I travelled to Argentina I had a travel agent that told me to rent apartments in buenos aires rather than get a room at the hotel because it was cheaper. He was right and I´m thankful he knew about this!

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