Career outlook for tour manager
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Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You would make sure that tours for groups of holidaymakers run smoothly and that they enjoy themselves. You would stay with a group throughout their tour, telling them about details like arrival and departure times and places of interest.
It's most likely that you would work on coach tours, although some tours also take place by rail or cruise ship. Tours can last from two to three days to over a month.
- Welcome the tour group at the start of their trip and inform them of travel arrangements and stopover points
- Make sure all travel arrangements run according to plan, and that the accommodation, meals and service are satisfactory
- Help with passport and immigration issues
- Give spoken overviews of places en route (local guides may also be used)
- Promote and sell excursions to tour members
- Advise on sights, local restaurants and shops at each destination
- Record issues that may require follow-up after the tour
You would need to be ready at all times to give advice, solve problems and deal with any emergencies.
You could also specialise in the business travel sector. You would then manage travel for people on business trips. You may have to deal with insurance, visas, vehicle hire and changes of plan.
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- Verbal communication
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- Attention to detail
- Developing a plan
- Time management
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