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Our guide to tourism and travel courses

Considering taking a Tourism and Travel course to kick start your career? Training courses often differ massively in terms of course content, cost and time they take to complete, as well as the level of qualification they are worth. There will be training programmes that offer nothing other than a certificate of completion, while other Tourism and Travel courses will work towards passing NVQ/SVQ and industry recognised qualifications. A limited number of training courses are free to enrol on, while some students will be entitled to get their Tourism and Travel course funded or subsidised. For more information, our careers guide and course articles will show you the benefits completing a Tourism and Travel course can have on your job prospects.

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Amadeus Accelerator GDS

Where: Airline Courses Online

What: Amadeus Accelerator GDS

by Anon - March 2012

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Expert views on tourism and travel

Expert View: Travel and Tourism

1 Q. What qualifications route did you take to realise your career? I took an HND in Travel and Tourism, which I converted into a degree. That enabled me to work for a tour operator, initially in the sales team answering calls and selling products, then working in more

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Student Story: Travel and Tourism

  Paulina’s leisure studies course in travel and tourism has inspired her to take her education to degree level. She tells us about all the other things she packed in while taking her travel and tourism BTEC… Name: Paulina Kusyk more

Travel, Tourism and Hospitality: Flying start

  A documentary television series based at London’s Heathrow Airport would not seem the most obvious medium to inspire a career choice. But BBC show Airport did exactly that for Southwark College student Nabila Nanfuka. Nabila is studying for a Travel and more

Special offers on tourism and travel courses

Spanish FOR TRAVEL: CRASH course - ...

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Price: £160.00 £150.00

Where: London

Super Car Touring Experience Days

Available: Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

Price: £419.00 £99.00

Where: Hemel Hempstead

Tourism Management (Level 3)

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Price: £660.00 £429.00

Where: Online Course


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Price: £30.00 £15.00

Where: Online Course

Holiday Rep Course

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Price: £374.28 £279.77

Where: Online Course

Diploma in Travel & Tourism (Level ...

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Price: £575.00 £460.00

Where: Distance Learning Course

Diploma in Travel & Tourism

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Price: £560.00 £462.00

Where: Distance Learning Course

Super Car Gold Package Experience D...

Available: Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

Price: £499.00 £129.00

Where: Hemel Hempstead

International Travel Industry Studi...

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Price: £773.33 £502.66

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Awarding organisations for tourism and travel courses

  • Institute of Travel & Tourism
  • Association of Business Executives
  • Founded in 1973 by Macmillan publishing, the Ford Motor Company, 3M, the MoD and Unilever, the Association of Business Executives (ABE) provides management training for professional bodies. ABE qualifications provide a framework for you to progress through successive levels as you develop business skills and knowledge.  These qualifications are recognised by the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF). ABE is recognised as an awarding body by the UK’s Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulations (Ofqual) and similar international bodies.  

  • Confederation of Tourism & Hospitality
  • Established in 1982, the Confederation of Tourism and Hospitality (CTH) provides training courses for the travel and hotel industries. Their training has been continuously updated over the last 30 years to ensure contemporary relevance, meaning that CTH is one of the leading membership and awarding bodies in the UK for qualifications offered in this fast growing sector. Progression routes are offered in tourism, travel and hospitality at a range of qualification levels such as Certificate, Diploma and Graduate Diploma. CTH is Ofqual-approved and has strong links with high-profile organisations such as Virgin Atlantic, Marriott Hotels and Star Alliance.

Related careers: Tour Operator Manager

Tour managers work for tour operators, and are responsible for organising and accompanying tours. They make sure all the travel arrangements for a group of tourists run according to plan and that the accommodation, meals and service are satisfactory. Most tour managers work on coach tours that can last from between two or three days to over a month, but they may also work on tours by rail or cruise ship. They join the party of tourists at the start of their journey, welcome them, and announce details of the travel arrangements and stopover points. Throughout the journey they may...more

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