Working in the Business Tourism and Travel Industry

By Global MICE Summit
  Published 28 Jun 2019
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Business tourism is a lucrative, fast-growing segment of the world’s largest industry sector. Good niches in business tourism exist for developing and transition economies. Business tourism is defined as leisure activities in conjunction with business travel.

Business tourism is a driver of job growth and economic prosperity. According to a research by World Travel and Tourism Council in 2018: Travel & Tourism contributed $194.2 billion to the region’s economy, representing 8.5% of the continent’s GDP. 71% of tourism spending across Africa was leisure-driven and 29% business. Domestic spending accounted for 56% of the tourism economy versus 44% for international International tourism spending comprised 9.6% of the region’s total exports, worth $58.5bn. Importantly, the sector contributed 24.3 million African jobs, or 6.7% of total employment.

“The tourism industry encourages diversity of people ages and backgrounds to come from all countries. It acts as a conduit for experienced people to learn new things from different backgrounds and encourages locals to share their experiences with others. I feel blessed that I was given the opportunity to act as a tour guide and show visitors from all over the world our beautiful province.”  – Gordon C., tour guide in Vancouver

“I get paid to help people check items off their bucket lists, fulfilling lifelong dreams & putting smiles on the faces of children. Nothing is better than providing authentic experiences that bring people joy because happiness is an emotion that multiples. I head home after work feeling like I’ve made the world a better place to live in while making a good income that allows my family the ability to see the world as well – what more could I ask for in a career?” – Shawna L., sales manager in aquarium in Vancouver

You can find jobs in: accommodation, transportation, entertainment, attractions, food and beverage services, retail trade, recreational services, cultural services, arts and culture, ecotourism, conferences and conventions, ancillary services and promotion.

Jobs are varied, so there are plenty of options to suit your skills, needs and wants. If you love the outdoors, why not explore adventure travel? It involves exploration or travel with a certain degree of risk, requiring you to problem solve, have good people skills, be energetic, organized and brave. Working in the Business Tourism Industry or Tourism and Hospitality Industry at large is simply AMAZING!