From planning extravagant galas and regional trade shows to packaging and booking travel products to serving the needs of the tourism sector, the area of Travel Services covers a lot of ground.
BC’s transportation and travel services industries employed 46,200 people in 2018. With a projected rate of annual employment growth of 1.2 per cent, there will be approximately 19,400 new job openings in the next 10 years (2018 – 2028). Transportation and travel services accounts for 15% of tourism jobs, and 18% of forecast new job openings.
Travel Services encompasses event and conference planning organizations, travel companies and organizations, as well as associations, government agencies and companies that specialize in serving the needs of the tourism sector as a whole.
Events and conferences contribute substantial dollars to communities. Not only do travelers spend money on the event or conference itself, but “spin-off dollars” are spent on everything from accommodation to transportation to souvenirs.
The Travel Services sector group also covers the area of travel trade, which refers to organizations that are responsible for the packaging, booking and ticketing of travel products. This includes both consumer-direct and business-to-business companies.
The area of tourism services is also covered within this sector group. As opposed to serving the needs of travelers, tourism services pertain to organizations, associations, government agencies and companies that specialize in serving the needs of the sector as a whole. Simply put, tourism services connect business and people, generating destination awareness and information among potential travelers.
To learn more, visit Travel Services Careers.