Malaysia was one of the world’s top 10 tourist destinations last year, making it the only South-East Asian country to make the list in the United Nations World Trade Organisation (UNWTO) Tourism Highlights 2012.
The report rated Malaysia ninth based on international tourists arrival, with 24.7 million foreign tourists last year.
In 2009, the country recorded 23.6 million tourists arrival and in 2010, the number increased to 24.6 million.
Topping the list was France with 79 million tourist arrivals, followed by United States (62 million), China (58 million), Spain (57 million), Italy (46 million), Turkey (29.3 million), United Kingdom (29.2 million) and Germany (28.4 million).
Rounding up the top 10 was Mexico with 23.4 million tourists.
The report also ranked Malaysia 14th in terms of international tourism receipts with US$18.3bil (RM56.3bil) last year, ahead of countries such as Singapore, Japan, the Netherlands, Korea and Canada.
In 2009 and 2010, Malaysia recorded US$15.8bil (RM48.6bil) and US$18.2bil (RM55.9bil) respectively in tourism receipts.
UNWTO Tourism Highlights is a World Tourism Organisation publication which aims to provide an overview of international tourism trends.
For students who love to travel, explore new cultures, a strong interest in history, outgoing and love to meet people – a career in tourism is the answer! These people are natural leaders, love to organize events, able to solve problems quickly, highly energized, adventurous, creative, multi-taskers, possess communications skills and a love to help people have fun. This is a job without boundaries and the world is your office.
There are many jobs relating to travel and tourism. They include travel agent, tour guide, ticketing agent and others. One of the most popular job is that of a travel agent. The travel agents work with the customers to help them design the best trip that meet their needs. The needs can vary from going for business trip, studies, vacation or seeking medical treatment overseas. They deal with people all the time. As such, one must like to work with different kinds of people in helping them to make their trip a memorable one.
One of the benefits of working in this industry is that one will most probably get to travel to various destinations of the world at a fraction of the cost or free of charge if it is related to the job that one is doing. This is one of the perks that the travel and tourism career offers to the employees.
Graduates can work in industries like Tour agencies, Sports & Entertainment, Theme Parks, Golf Clubs, Equestrian Clubs, Casinos,
Sports Clubs, hotels & resorts, events, and more.
You can find jobs as a:
- Travel Consultant
- Tour Manager
- Travel Agency Manager
- Tour Operator
- Travel Itineraries Design Specialist
- Owner of a travel agency
Sample of subjects that you would take are:
- Hospitality English
- Communication Skills
- Personal Skills and Development
- Introduction to Information Technology
- Introduction to Marketing
- Legal Issues in the Hospitality Industry
- Introductory Economics
- Human Resource Management
- Principles of Accounting
- Principles of Tourism
- Travel and Tourism Geography
- Ticketing and Reservations Operations
- Airfares and International Ticketing
- Advance Airfares and Airline Operations
- Travel Agency and Tour Operator Business
- Inbound Travel Operations (Domestic Tours)
- Outbound Travel Operations (International Tours)
- International Cultural Studies
- Tourism Destination Marketing
- Tourism Research Methodology and Statistics
- Meetings and Events Management
- Tourism Behaviour Studies
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