Career as Tour Operator
A tour operator typically combines tour and travel components to create a holiday. Tour operators organize tours to the various tourist spots and manage the travel and stay of the tourists. They are involved in planning, development, promotion, administration and implementation of tourism products. They oversee all the day-to-day tasks and also supervise, motivate and train staff. They are employed by tour or transportation companies, resorts or attractions. They may travel to proposed tour sites, check them out and experience the services first hand before assessing their tourism potential. They arrange modes of transportation, accommodation, lunch and dinner for their clients.
There is no need of specific course as such, to be a tour operator. With practical experience, proper marketing and adequate capital, one can become a succesful tour operator. Degree/Diploma/Certificate courses in Travel and Tourism can however give one the professional outlook and provide an edge over others. Post Graduation Diploma in travel and tour management is offered by various institutes. Eligibility for the same is graduation. Selection is based on written exams followed by interviews. The course duration is generally 1 year. Dilpoma and undergraduate course enroll 10+2 pass students. And the course duration may vary from 6 months to three years depending on the institute/college.
Career Prospects As Tour Operator
The best option available to tour operator, is to start their own tour/travel agency. Before starting his own venture he should have practical experience of running a tour operation. Besides, one should have adequate capital to start a tour company. However, one can also work with tour/travel companies. They can seek suitable employment opportunities in government tourism departments too.
Career of a tour operator is highly remunerative. A trainee tour operator working with a travel/tour company can easily earn Rs 8,000 – 15,000 per month. After 5-7 years of experiences one can set up his own tour operation. Income in self-employment venture depends upon the nature and size of the business.
Any course related to tourism and travel sector can gives you an insight into tour operations.Please click here for some important institutes which offer courses in travel and tourism.