Travel counselor's basically deal with making plan for tourist and clients providing the best options as well as provide details about the destination. Their main responsibility is to work with the tourism departments. There are many good travel and tourism colleges in India which provides these courses and also there are lots of job employment offers available to travel counselors in India.
The Tourism Sector works at four levels:
Central Government level and state government level: Here the tourism counselor works with Directorates & Development Corporations, ITDC hotels, Immigration and customs services. Travel counselor's work in hotels, they work as a tourist guide. The job of central government tourism and state government tourism is they
•Plan travel facilities, Select and develop tourist destinations, Promote international tourism, Provide relevant information to tourists.
What does the immigration department do?
They check visitor's documents on arrival
•Carry out immigration formalities
Transport services include:
Land transport (railways, road)
Ships and boats
Provide detailed information of routes, costs etc.
Research and make the most appropriate travel and hotel bookings for tourists
Make tour plans
Plan the itinerary
Suggest best travel options
Advice about destinations
They provide services like
•Food and beverage services
•Room bookings & maintenance
•Have security, fire fighting, public relations and business departments
There are various employment opportunities for travel counselor which includes
•Self employment is a common feature in this sector
•Government tourism departments
There are few companies who recruit travel counselors which includes
•List of travel agencies in India (www.indiaonestop.com/listings-service-travelagencies)
•Government Tourism Departments
How do I get there?
After clearing class 12th one has to do graduation in travel and tourism
After clearing class 12th one can also do graduation in any subject (Public Relations/ Advertising) courses are relevant .This can be followed by masters in travel management.
After clearing class 12th one can go for certificate courses like IATTA /UFTAA/ FIATTA and on job training will be provided with the travel agency.
Few of the top colleges in India that provide travel and tourism courses are:
Prestigious Institutes in India
Indian Institute of Tourism and Travel Management (IITTM)
College of Vocational Studies