Tourism

The exciting world of tourism offers a broad range of careers – from chefs and restaurant managers through to event planners and tour guides.

What skills do I need?

-        Excellent communication skills

-        A flair for working with people

-        Strong planning and organisational skills

-        A passion for travel and tourism

-        A willingness to work long hours

-        Computer literacy

-        A Grade 12 Diploma pass, with English and Mathematical Literacy

What are my career options?

-        Travel agent

-        Tour operator

-        Tour guide

-        Leisure activity coordinator

-        Event/conference organiser

-        Hotel manager

-        Resort Manager

-        PR/marketing manager

-        Catering and hospitality: restaurant food and beverage/service (waiter, barman, cook, chef, manager)

What are some of the qualifications?

-        Tourism Management Diploma

-        Tourism Marketing Diploma

-        Diploma in Tourism and Hospitality – Levels 3 – 7(Post-graduate)

-        Travel & Tourism N4 – N6

-        Certificate in Tourism Management

-        BCom Tourism Management

-        Certificate in Food Preparation and Cooking (Culinary Arts)

-        Diploma in Food Preparation and Cooking

-        Diplomas in Professional Cookery; Food Safety & Catering; Advanced Professional Cookery; Patisserie & Confectionary

Useful contacts

- South Africa Tourism

Tel: 011 895 3000

www.southafrica.net

- Department of tourism

0860 121 929

www.tourism.gov.za

Professional bodies

- Tourism Business Council of South Africa

Tel: 012 664 0120

tbcsa.travel

- Federated Hospitality Association of South Africa

Tel: 0861 333 628      

www.fedhasa.co.za/

- Culture Art Tourism Hospitality and Sports Sector Education and Training Authority (Cathsseta)/ Tourism, Hospitality & Sport Education & Training Authority (THETA)

Tel: 011 217 0600

www.theta.org.za

- South African Chefs Association

Tel:  011 482 7250

www.saca.co.za

- Chartered Institute of Tourism and Hospitality (ITH)

Tel: 011 513 3455

ith.org.za

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