The world is an easier place to explore than ever before. Competition between airlines in an increasingly deregulated aviation market means cheaper fares. Hurrah for competition. And deregulation! Meanwhile, flight and accommodation packages make it a breeze to organise a holiday in seconds. Here are three cheers for packages! As a result, tourism is booming, with job opportunities growing at a similar rate. For the highest paying jobs in tourism, check these out.
Hotel manager: All those tourists have to sleep somewhere, and it’s up to the hotel manager to ensure their sleeping hours are comfortable and their waking hours are pleasurable. A good hotel manager must be comfortable under pressure, as different guests have different demands, with some of those demands being very demanding indeed. The manager has to ensure everyone on their team, be they housekeepers, chefs, reception staff or porters, are trained to meet the highest standards, while making sure the hotel runs at a profit through steady revenue and prudent expenditure. For their day to day devotion to their guests, a hotel manager can earn $88, 000 on average.
Head Chef: What’s the point of being on holiday if you can’t take a break from cooking? Tourists drive demand for tables in restaurants, particularly in holiday hot spots, making the job of head chef a very important one in the tourism field. A good head chef runs a tight ship, demanding nothing but the best from his cooking team, while showcasing local produce to curious travellers. As sampling regional cuisine is one of the highlights of a holiday experience, the head chef has a big part to play in showing off local grub so they are worth every cent of their $67, 000 average salaries.
Interpreters: The language barrier can pose problems for any tourist, so interpreters are crucial members of the tourism-related workforce. Interpreters not only translate for holidaymakers…they are often called upon to work with the big wigs of international business, politics and diplomacy too, so their skills are in demand. As a result, they can expect to earn $ 81 000, which is good money in anyone’s language.
Conference and event organiser: Tourism isn’t always about leisure travel. There’s a growing industry based on conferences and events: business conferences and weddings being two of the more obvious examples. When these events are held in another country, someone has to be on the ground to plan them, which is where the conference and event organiser comes in. From choosing a location to organising accommodation, catering and excursions, the conference and event organiser is kept busy, and even busier thanks to increasing demand. Their average salary of $62, 000 is well earned.
Pilot: A pretty obvious inclusion on our list! Moving people between countries, or between states, or between cities, involves mass transportation, and nothing is a fast and time-saving as airline travel. Pilots are not only needed to fly large passenger jets. They’re also required in smaller craft to lead sightseeing adventures by helicopter, light aircraft or even hot air balloon. There’s a lot of responsibility involved in keeping high fliers safe, and the average salary of $115, 000 for picots across the aviation spectrum is due reward.
Tour Guides: There’s nice money to be made showing people around landmarks, famous buildings, natural attractions and the like. Even nicer if you bring more skills than just being a people person with the gift of the gab. For example, you could earn more by being able to speak a few words of other languages, or know a bit of first aid or can drive a large passenger vehicle. A base average salary of $62, 000 is not out of the question, with a few more dollars being paid if you have a few more skills.