Where do you want to go? Becoming an Expert in Travel and Tourism

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Studying online may seem like it’s all computer science and technical careers, but as the online education field really takes off, the world of travel and tourism has opened up to it also. Specialists in Travel and Tourism are more in demand than ever as the global economy demands that more and more people spend more and more time on the road – or in the air. Studying online for a career in travel makes sense for those with an interest in the industry or who just love traveling.

We spoke with the Penn Foster Career School about their Travel and Tourism Specialist distance-learning program recently and found that more students than ever are learning the ins and outs of the travel industry. The skills you need for a career in this exciting field are all available to online students who study online, affordably and at their own pace, while keeping their existing jobs. To graduate, students must pass the Travel Agent Proficiency (TAP) certification exam in the 12th and final study module of the program. That exam qualifies grads to work in just about any travel agency.

The program includes intensive training in:

  • Computerized Reservation Systems

  • Key tourist destinations and knowing the seasonal variations of each

  • Customizing tour and vacation packages

  • Starting and operating a Travel and Tourism agency

  • Discovering the best existing agencies and putting your skills to work

The travel industry is expected to continue adding capacity over the next decade as more and more people travel further and further. Corporate and business travel is also expected to increase, meaning an increasing number of jobs. The Penn Foster program includes all of the study materials and full support as well as experienced staff to fully enhance your learning experience.

Penn Foster also offers an online Bachelor’s degree in Business Management for an even broader entry into the world of owning and operating your own business. But students who truly find their calling in the world of travel should consider degrees like the following:

  • Associate of Science in Travel and Tourism Management

  • Associate of Science in Hospitality and Tourism Management

  • Bachelor of Science in Travel Services

Written by James Tomon – Degree Jungle Staff Writer © Degree Jungle 2010

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