I have always been interested in the hospitality sector and wanted to make a career in this field. So, when I completed my 10+2, I started looking for various career options in this field. One of my friend suggested me to do my graduation in travel and tourism. He told me about various colleges that offer courses in hotel management, travel and tourism. Doing a course is very important as most of the employers prefer students who have some prior knowledge of this field. I wanted to become a travel agent, so I started my preparation accordingly.
There are a number of hotel management institutes in India that offer courses in travel and tourism. Students can choose from a certificate, diploma, graduate or post graduate course as per their choice and convenience. I chose for a three year bachelor degree program, for which I heard a lot. The course was very comprehensive and covered various topics related to the field. Some of the subjects taught during the course include principles of tourism, hospitality law, world geography, marketing and customer service skills. Students are also given training and send for internship programs to get practical experience. For internships, they are send to leading travel industries and the experience they get here is very helpful in the future.
If you are also planning to do a tourism course in India, you should join any of these hotel management institutes to gain proper knowledge of the field. Besides doing the course, there are some important skills that travel agents must possess. Strong communication and customer service skills are a must for all those looking for a successful career in this field. Good knowledge of geography and an interest in travel is also important. Travel agents should also have good listening skills so that they can carefully listen to what tourists are saying and answer to their questions appropriately.