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Travel and Tourism

What is it?

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The travel and tourism industries cover a range of jobs related to UK travel and tourism and travel and holidays overseas. Travel is not always for leisure or holidays - it could also be, for example, for business or visiting family.

Low-budget airlines, internet bookings and e-ticketing have transformed the travel and tourism industry. Increasingly people buy different parts of their travel themselves directly from, for example, airlines and accommodation providers.

To make it easier to find the information you need for your career planning we have split this wide sector into the main job areas of:

For each job area you'll be able to find out more about types of jobs and how much people earn.

We've also put together information about the whole travel and tourism sector including:

Travel and tourism businesses often employ people from other closely related sectors - for example a UK theme park is a visitor attraction and part of the UK tourism industry but jobs would also include those in the hospitality, retail business and leisure sectors. So you may also find it useful to look at these sections.

Want to know more?

To give you a snapshot of this large job sector we have outlined some of the jobs on offer including information about the main entry routes, the job market and future trends - we have not included all the jobs on offer in each sector.

You can also use the National Careers Service website to find out about 100s of jobs and careers, including the ones listed above and many, many more.

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Travel and Tourism
Job Sector Factsheet, updated December 2011