Tour manager

Alternative titles for this job include Travel manager, tour supervisor

Tour managers manage the travel arrangements of holidaymakers and business clients to make sure their trips run smoothly.

Average salary (a year)

£16,000 Starter

to

£30,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

28 to 30 seasonal

You could work

on call as customers demand

How to become a tour manager

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role
  • applying directly

University

You could do a foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree in a subject like travel and tourism management, although this isn't essential. 

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 1 or 2 A levels for a foundation degree or higher national diploma
  • 2 to 3 A levels for a degree

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College

You could take a college course like a Level 4 Diploma in Tourism Management, which may help when looking for work after you finish.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 1 or 2 A levels, a level 3 diploma or relevant experience for a level 4 or level 5 course

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Apprenticeship

You may be able to get into this job through a travel consultant advanced apprenticeship.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), usually including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship

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Work

You could move into this job after getting experience in a related role like a travel agent, tour guide or tour rep.

Direct application

You can apply for jobs directly if you have:

  • experience of working with people
  • a friendly and approachable manner
  • a keen interest in the culture, geography and history of the locations covered by the tour
  • a good working knowledge of foreign languages if touring overseas
  • experience of working overseas if the job you're applying for is based abroad
Employers may ask for a good general standard of education, like some GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), particularly in maths and English. 

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Professional and industry bodies

You could join the Institute of Travel & Tourism, which offers industry training courses, news and networking opportunities to members.

Further information

You can find out more about working in travel and tourism through Careers That Move.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • customer service skills
  • the ability to work well with others
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • knowledge of English language
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

Your day-to-day duties may include:

  • welcoming the tour group and telling them about the travel arrangements and stopover points
  • making sure accommodation, meals and service are satisfactory
  • helping with passport and immigration issues
  • speaking about places on the tour (local guides may also be used)
  • promoting and selling trips
  • advising on sights, local restaurants and shops at each destination
  • recording issues that may require follow-up after the tour
  • giving advice, solving problems and dealing with emergencies like loss of passports or money, illness or difficulties with accommodation
  • managing the travel arrangements for people on business

Working environment

You could work in a hotel or in holiday accomodation.

Your working environment may be travelling often and spending nights away from home, crowded and outdoors some of the time.

You may need to wear a uniform.

Career path and progression

With experience, you could become a tour operations manager or specialise in particular areas, like food and drink breaks, adventure holidays or business travel. 

You could also set up your own tour business.

Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Apprentice Business Travel Consultant

  • Wage : £10,200.00 Annually
  • Location: Eastleigh SO50 9FD

Travel Consultant Apprenticeship

  • Wage : £160.00 Weekly
  • Location: Peterborough PE8 4EA

Courses In England

"Travel and Tourism Extended Certificate - Level 2 - NCFE"

  • Provider: Cheshire College South & West
  • Start date: 09 September 2019
  • Location: Crewe

NCFE Level 1 Certificate in Travel and Tourism

  • Provider: WALTHAM FOREST COLLEGE
  • Start date: 10 September 2019
  • Location: WALTHAM FOREST

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