The travel and tourism industries, as well as the hospitality and leisure industries are incredibly valuable to the UK.
Since 2010, tourism has been the fastest growing sector in the UK in employment terms, according to Visit Britain. Britain is forecast to have a tourism industry worth over £257 billion by 2025, predicting to grow at an annual rate of 3.8% through to 2025. This is much faster than other prominent sectors, such as manufacturing, construction and retail.
According to the British Hospitality Association, the hospitality industry is the 4th biggest employer in the UK, accounting for 3.2m jobs through direct employment in 2016, and a further 2.8m indirectly. The industry generated over £73bn directly to the UK economy, and a further £87bn indirectly.
A Career in Travel & Hospitality
Travel and tourism are often showered with praise for encouraging and offering fantastic opportunities for graduates when it comes to career development and progression across a variety of roles. You could work in head office in marketing, e-commerce, operations, HR, management, finance… the possibilities are endless!
For more hands-on people, it’s perfectly possible to start off as a concierge and receptionist in a hospitality or leisure institution, or a tour guide or information officer in tourism, and work your way up to a more senior position such as a product director or tourism manager. There are huge opportunities to gain transferable skills and explore your full potential during a varied career.
There are also many perks and benefits of working in this fast-paced, adventurous industry, such as discounted holidays, days out or even free travel experiences.
The Qualifications to Have
Travel, tourism and hospitality are fantastic industries that take on a wide range of people, from school leavers to apprentices to degree holders. The industry values relevant experience over relevant qualifications, which is why they accept graduates from a wide range of degree areas.
However, if you do have a degree in a relevant subject, this might just give you the edge over other applicants. Relevant degree areas include….
- Marketing (offline and digital)
- Human Resources
Above all, a passion for travel is a must!
Find A Placement or Internship
Some of the great employers for undergraduates and graduates looking to join the travel, hospitality and tourism industry are:
Securing work experience, whether it’s a year long placement or a summer internship, will let you have a taste of working in this fun industry, as well as set you up for securing a graduate job once university is over.
Placement Year (10 Months+)
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