Tour Leader or Manager

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A tour manager or tour leader plans and accompanies a group of holidaymakers on a tour, within the UK or abroad, making sure everything runs to plan. The tour, lasting days or weeks, is usually by coach, but sometimes includes travel by train, plane or boat.

The Work

You could be:


The figures below are only a guide. Income for tour managers or tour leaders varies considerably, depending on:

Most tour managers or tour leaders are self-employed and work for tour operators on a freelance basis, charging a fee for each tour.

Starting pay can be between £15,000 and £20,000 a year, which can rise up to around £30,000 with experience. In addition you may get, for the duration of each tour, a daily allowance plus free board and lodgings, plus other relevant expenses.


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Getting In

Vacancies appear in trade journals such as Travel Weekly, Travel Trade Gazette and on websites which advertise travel jobs such as Once you have relevant experience you can register with a travel related employment agency such as New Frontiers.

What Does it Take?

You need to be:

You need to have:


Getting On

You may move on to manage a number of tour leaders.


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The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

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Twitter: @Springboard_UK

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

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