Travel and tourism is the UK’s sixth largest industry, employing 1 in 11 of all people working in the UK, and generating £115bn every year for the UK economy. The good news is that the sector will create more jobs in 2013 than it did last year, according to research by Barclays. Its survey shows that 59% of British travel and tourism businesses questioned expect to create new jobs this year, up from 57% last year.
So the industry is poised to play its part in rebuilding the UK economy and for generating employment. There are growing opportunities for travel consultants, telesales professionals, reservations staff, holiday reps, hotel staff, hospitality staff, and tour guides. While emerging markets for travel such as Asia and South America are big news, inbound tourism is growing too. The Tourism Alliance says that in 2011, inbound tourism revenue grew at over 5 times the rate of the economy as a whole. Additional expenditure in the sector of £3.8bn was enough to generate 76,000 new jobs in 2011 alone.