Tourism officer: job description
More than 25,000,000 tourists from overseas visit the United Kingdom each year, spending in excess of £12 billion .
Typical responsibilities of the job include:
- supervising staff
- preparing tourist or visitor information
- producing promotional material and displays
- managing budgets
- writing reports, business plans and press releases
- making presentations
- maintaining statistical and financial records
- undertaking day-to-day centre management and administration
- liaising with local businesses and the media
- market research.
- local authorities
- tourist information departments
- commercial tourist attractions
- national parks
- wildlife trusts
- The Forestry Commission
- The National Trust.
Competition is intense for the small number of jobs that occur each year. Most tourism officers enter the profession as assistants. Vacancies are advertised via the internet, by careers services, in local, regional and national newspapers and in relevant publications such as Leisure Management and Marketing Week.
Graduates with degrees in languages, travel, tourism, leisure, business studies, marketing, management or journalism are normally at an advantage. Relevant work experience is essential, and can be gained via seasonal or vacation employment, or by working as a volunteer or paid assistant in a tourist information centre. Experience gained in museums or information work or any commercial area (sales, marketing, retailing) can also be helpful.
- interpersonal skills
- communication skills
- organisational skills
- IT skills