Travel & Tourism Management Courses

International Tourism: Career Options in Management

The area of Management in International Tourism consists of several positions that are designed with a focus on increasing tourism for a given location or company at the international level. If you are keen on making a career in international tourism management, read further to get a glance on the kinds of degree programs that are available in this field. Also get an overview on the professional growth and salary range open for graduates who choose this field. 

Growth of global tourism

The world that is around us is an interesting place to observe and live in. There are many traveler souls on this earth in the form of people who love to travel and explore the globe. But the challenge is, to undertake international travel needs proper planning, support and guidance. This has led to the growth of international tourism management.  The sector because of the nature of its job entails an array of professions that also include tour guides, travel agents, travel clerks, travel guides, tourism marketing managers and lodging managers. Some basic entry professions need merely a high school certificate, may be some hands-on training or a diploma. The senior positions in the management, however, require a bachelor’s degree from a good travel and tourism institute or a master’s degree.

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Requisite Information

International managers in the tourism sector can work as travel clerks, tour guides, travel agents, lodging managers or tourism marketing managers. In case of international tourism, the requirements for management positions differ as per the complexity of the job profile, vary by specialization. Some of these careers require high school diploma and on-the-job training, while others require a bachelor’s or master’s degree. The diplomas or degrees can be in hospitality or business administration or any field related to tourism.

Career Travel Clerks Tour Guides Travel Agents Travel Guides Lodging Managers Tourism Marketing Managers
Education High School Diploma High School Diploma
Bachelor’s Degree (recommended)
Bachelor’s Degree Bachelor’s Degree Master’s Degree Master’s Degree
Projected Job Growth from 2014-2024* -1-1% 5-8% -2% -1-1% 5-8% 9-13%
Median Salary 2015** $35,170 $24,100 $35,660 $34,180 $49,720 $128,750

(Sources: *O*Net, **U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)

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