GTTP is a multi-country educational program to introduce high school learners to career opportunities in Travel & Tourism

Is Tourism for You?

The most important qualities for being good in the tourism industry are communication, teamwork and customer service skills. It does not matter where in the world you work, in what job, or what specific skills you need for that job, to make it in the tourism industry you need to enjoy challenges and have the ability to work well with people. It is important to appreciate that people around the world have different ways of doing things. Working in the travel and tourism industry, you will come to learn a lot about people and issues like culture and how we are all different.

People in the Tourism industry identified the following qualities as important in this very people-focused industry. Tick the characteristics that you think you have then add them up.

Have you got what it takes in Tourism?

  1. Maturity
  2. People skills
  3. Ability to think on your feet
  4. Ability to network and build rapport with people of different ages, languages and cultures
  5. Sense of humour
  6. Outgoing personality
  7. Strong sense of customer service and desire to help people
  8. Good computer skills
  9. Good communication and listening skills
  10. Confidence
  11. Leadership
  12. Empathic and sympathetic attitude
  13. Practical nature and common sense
  14. Good general knowledge
  15. Problem-solving skills
  16. Enjoyment of travelling and of the outdoors
  17. Ability to work in a team
  18. Good memory
  19. Strong attention to detail
  20. The ability to plan and be proactive
  21. Organised

A score of 16 or more means you should join the tourism team!
10 – 15 means that you may need a bit of practice and development, but do try.
Less than 10 means you should maybe try something else!