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Tour Operator

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A tour operator organises package holidays within the UK and abroad. This includes arranging transport and accommodation. They advertise them so that travel agents can sell them, or on the internet for direct sale to the public.

The Work

You could be:

Pay

The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:

As a Modern Apprentice, you may start on the National Minimum Wage (NMW). At present the apprentice rate, for those aged under 19 or aged 19 or over and in the first year of their apprenticeship, is £4.15 an hour (1 April 2020).

Starting pay can be around £16,000 to £19,000 a year. With experience this can rise to £25,000 a year. As a tour operations manager, you could earn up to around £38,000 a year.

Conditions

Workforce Employment Status

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Getting In

Jobs are advertised in trade journals such as Travel Weekly, Travel Trade Gazette and on websites, such as traveljobsearch.com. Once you have relevant experience you can register with a travel related employment agency such as New Frontiers.

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

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Job Outlook Scotland

  Scotland
2020
3055
1.1 %
RISE
2025
3090

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What Does it Take?

You need:

Training

Many tour companies offer in-house training.

Getting On

Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) Ltd
Tel: 020 3117 0599
Website: https://abta.com/
Twitter: @ABTAtravel
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ABTAlovetravel

Confederation of Tourism and Hospitality (CTH)
Tel: 020 7258 9850
Website: http://www.cthawards.com/
Twitter: @cthawards1
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ConfederationOfTourismAndHospitalityCth

Institute of Travel and Tourism (ITT)
Tel: 0844 4995 653
E-mail: admin@itt.co.uk
Website: http://www.itt.co.uk/
Twitter: @ittnews

People 1st - Careers That Move
Website: http://www.careersthatmove.co.uk
Website (2): http://www.people1st.co.uk/
Twitter: @p1stgroup

People 1st is the Sector Skills Council for the hospitality, passenger transport, travel and tourism industries. Careers That Move is in association with People 1st and the UKSP. It is the careers website for passenger transport and travel.

Springboard
Tel: 020 7921 0420
E-mail: info@springboarduk.org.uk
Website: http://www.careerscope.uk.net
Website (2): http://springboard.uk.net/
Twitter: @Springboard_UK
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SpringboardUKCharity/

Springboard UK promotes career opportunities in the hospitality, leisure, travel and tourism industries.

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