How much do you earn as a Travel Consultant?
A snapshot of how to become a travel consultant and how much travel agents earn
This is an ideal career for visionary thinkers. A travel consultant is somebody who will provide a service for people wishing to travel to many different destinations, both internationally and within Australia. These services include advice and information on holiday destinations.
Overview of working as a travel consultant
- Salary: $35K to $80K
- Qualifications: None required
- Intensity: Sitting
- Demand: Stable
- Travel: Low to moderate
- Conditions: Indoor
- Weekly hours: 40-50
Pros of working as a travel consultant
- Ability to travel extensively
- Will meet many people
- Help people organize holidays
Cons of working as a travel consultant
- Work on a commission basis
- Long working hours
- Not having enough money to enjoy destinations to the limit.
The bottom line on working as a travel agent/travel consultant
You are the expert working in the travel industry. You have the knowledge to provide relevant advice to holiday makers with professionalism. Whilst you can book time away on the internet, it is the human interaction that can’t be replaced, and that is where you deliver the results.
These services include advice and information on holiday destinations, airfares and ticketing, accommodation and cruise line options, transportation, immigration and specific visa requirements, travel insurance policies and medical vaccination requirements, to book and deliver appropriate travel and holiday experiences in accordance with the needs of their clients.
What you do every day as a travel consultant
On a typical day a travel consultant will deal with a number of prospective travel customers, who will be at different stages of their travel arrangements, from choosing a destination to final ticketing and payment. As well as dealing with customers, you spend considerable time on the telephone or on line, dealing with suppliers of travel, accommodation and other holiday services. At the early planning stage you supply customers with brochures and information on the type of travel they are requesting, and discusses different options and sale destinations available at that specific time. Once the customer has booked a holiday they will be given their itinerary and any necessary tickets and vouchers for their travel arrangements. Good communication and attention to customer relations with existing and future potential clients is essential in building reputation and business needs within an always changing and varying industry.
Personality that best fits the career of travel consultant
Those who are interested in a career in travel consultancy will have to have excellent communication skills. You will need to be computer literate, as all your work will mainly be computer driven. At times you may have to work under pressure maintaining a strong focus on sales at the same time. Appearances are very important and a certain standard of personal presentation is expected at all times. You will also need to be a visionary thinker, as you will create many holiday dreams for many clients.
Best thing about working as a travel agent/consultant
The best thing about being a travel consultant is the ability to travel extensively. You will get to experience many different holiday destinations. You can and should share your travel experience with clients, informing them of your favourite places.
Worst thing about the career of a travel consultant
Travel consultants will work long hours throughout the week which would include weekends. Many agencies will have their consultants working on a commission basis, so the more travel tours you sell the more money you are able to earn.
Education qualifications to work as a travel agent
To become a travel consultant you do not necessarily need any formal qualifications, although most employers will require you to have completed Year 10 before employing you. if you had any experience in working in an office environment, retail sector or in tourism, it may help your chances of working in this area.
Specific training in a great variety of reservation, online, and business systems is required prior to entering this industry. Many of these skills can be obtained by completing basic hospitality and travel related tech type courses. These give a good overview and insight into the travel industry.
Training is continually ongoing within the industry, especially during your first (novice or apprenticeship) year. First-hand travel experience or specific knowledge of destinations and products can also be an advantage to the aspiring travel consultant. You can do an apprenticeship in tourism (Retail travel sales/ International travel sales) also.
The entry criteria for tertiary institutions differs from year to year. The above comments are a guide only. To gain specific entry criteria either contact the relevant university or use Hobson’s The Good University Guide.
Environment and culture of workplace
Travel businesses may be small or large and this is a highly competitive field. Individual consultants report to the manager or owner of the business and petty jealousy may creep in, especially in large corporations. You should be a team player, and have the confidence to share knowledge and experience with colleagues. Appearances are important and a certain standard of dress and physical presentation is generally expected. Many travel businesses expect their staff to wear uniforms.
Salary progression of a travel agent / travel consultant in Australia:
|Starting Position||Novice||$26,000+||1 years||Year 10 Minimum|
|1st Promotion||Qualified Consultant||$30,000 plus bonus||2-3 years||Ongoing travel courses|
|2nd Promotion||Assistant Manager||$39,000 plus bonus||3-5 years||Ongoing travel courses|
|3rd Promotion||Manager||$45,000 – $50,000+ plus bonus||5+ years||Ongoing travel courses|