Tourism and leisure includes all the economic and social activities associated with travelling experiences, recreation and the enjoyment of free time. Professionals in the field have the responsibility to maximize their clients’ leisure experience, either through direct contact, or by efficiently managing the logistics and personnel involved in the leisure resorts or activities. They work in tourism and the travel industry, in organising various events or in sports and health centres.
Tourism and leisure professionals have a good understanding of sales principles, excellent communication skills and usually speak more than one foreign language. Most are also trained in events, hospitality or sports management, and even in business administration.
Combining the art of relaxation with the competencies needed to manage the tourist industry, tourism is a popular applied science profession. Typically, academic degrees in tourism, hospitality and leisure offer in depth management understanding, implementation strategies and even different languages. Examples of study programmes include: international tourism management and consultancy, attractions and theme parks management and leisure and event planning.
Some of the most popular careers in tourism and leisure include job titles such as travel agent, fitness instructor, hotel and resort staff or tour guide; opportunities stretch as far as restaurant management or transportation professional. A career in tourism requires people-oriented skills above any task related technical competencies.