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Tour Operator

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Tour Operator
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€25 - 50
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Tour operators organise and arrange package holidays, which are either sold through brochures in travel agents or are marketed direct to the public.


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Tour operators are responsible for the organisation of complete holidays that they then sell to the public. They sell the holidays by displaying brochures in travel agents or by marketing them directly to the public. Many tour operators are closely linked to airline companies, shipping lines or coach operators.  
 
One area of work is reservations and sales, where tour operators give out detailed information on tours and their availability to travel agents and the public, with the aim of selling the tour.  
 
Some operators work as back up to reservations and sales, in administration, advertising, research and brochure production. This often involves visiting locations in the United Kingdom and abroad to check the facilities being offered. The tour operator will collect information to be used in advertising brochures and investigate possible new areas that could be used in holiday packages.  
 
Other operators may be involved in drawing up contracts with hotel owners, airlines, coach companies and so on. These operators must make sure they get the best price for each service. As well as being good negotiators, they need to have language skills. Some tour operators provide specialist trips such as adventure trips, language courses, trekking holidays or trips to historical sites. Others may specialise in organising business conferences.  
 
Operators also make sure that tours run smoothly and that any problems and emergencies are dealt with as they arise. In large companies, these duties are normally carried out within specialist departments; in small companies, one person might undertake most of the duties mentioned.  
 
Occasionally, tour operators deal with specialised travel such as organising language courses and study programmes, special interest tours, business conferences and specialist holidays.


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It is vital that you have a pleasant personality, good communication skills and attention to detail as well as excellent organisational skills. You should be computer literate and have good telephone skills.  
 
You must be able to work in a team and work closely with colleagues, in order to achieve business objectives.  
 
More companies are forming partnerships with European firms and a working knowledge of French, Spanish or German is a distinct advantage, and in some cases, may be specified for entry to the job.


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