Tourism is about the experiences people have and the activities they participate in when they travel. There are many different types of trips supporting businesses all over Ireland. Some travel for short weekend trips, staying within the confines of the big cities, others may travel for two or three weeks and explore every corner of the island.
Travelers may be part of a tour, visiting a set number of sites on a bus, or they may travel independently, renting a car or navigating public transport themselves.
For city visitors they may be anything from a solo traveller or a couple all the way up to large groups of friends, visiting on a stag or a hen party.
A significant portion of tourism is internal, with so much to see on the island of Ireland even those who’ve lived here for years always have new trips to take. This tourism is as important to the careers of those working in the sector as visitors from abroad are.
Regardless of the type of traveller, their spending sustains jobs in pubs, hotels, historical sites, transport companies and other sectors right across Ireland.
Working in Tourism
Most of those working in tourism will have started out in entry level jobs, developing skills and knowledge. From here they may progress onto supervisory or management positions. To do so will require years of experience, but progression can be aided by studying relevant courses, such as tourism or business, offered by further education and third level colleges.
Tourism impacts many parts of the economy providing no shortage of paths into the sector. Depending on personality a person may be attracted to adventure sports, overseeing group undertaking climbing expeditions or going surfing along the west coast. On the other hand, they might work for a tour agency arranging trips for large groups, planning schedules, communicating with tour participants, setting up excursions and booking accommodation. Whatever your personality there is bound to be a suitable opportunity for you in Tourism.