Travel consultants provide information, advice and booking services for people wishing to travel.
You can work as a travel consultant without formal qualifications. You will probably get some informal training on the job. Entry to this occupation may be improved if you have qualifications, skills or experience in office work, retail or tourism. You may like to consider a VET qualification in travel, tourism or travel and tourism. As subjects and prerequisites can vary between institutions, you should contact your chosen institution for further information. You can also become a travel consultant through a traineeship in Travel, Tourism or Travel and Tourism. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10. For more details, see Section 2. Ask your career adviser about the possibility of starting some of this training in school.
Travel consultants may perform the following tasks:
Ongoing learning is important to those working in the industry. Most travel consultants work on a commission basis. They work long hours including weekends, often working 10-hour days. Travel consultants may also work in call centres.
Travel consultants are employed by travel agencies, government tourist bureaus, tourism wholesalers and airline and shipping companies. Some travel consultants set up their own businesses. Job opportunities depend on the level of tourism activity.