The travel and tourism sector comprises many different industries and sub-industries, including services such as retail travel, currency exchange, tour operators and tour wholesalers. It also covers passenger transport including coach, aviation, rail and cruising and visitor attractions such as museums, theme parks, zoos and heritage sites.
A variety of accommodation services also fall within this category, including hotels, hostels and holiday parks. Associated with hotels and core business operations are conferences and events, which provide considerable all-year-round employment opportunities.
Travel and tourism graduates gain knowledge about products, structures and operations within the tourism industry, learning about tour operators, airlines, hotels and tourist boards. Through a combination of vocational (on the job work placement) and online academic study you learn about the relationships between consumers and the providers of tourism services and about the issues relating to sustainability and social responsibility within tourism.
A travel and tourism course offers vocational training and helps you develop strong business management and communication skills, broadening your job prospects. Tourism is set to boom in the Macarthur area with the construction of the Western Sydney airport in coming years.
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