Tourism

Tourism is one of the major economic activities in Hong Kong, accounting for 5% of our GDP and employing about 270,000 people. According to statistics, the number of visitors to Hong Kong in recent years has reached 55 million, of which the most important visitors are from the mainland and Taiwan. Outbound arrivals also continued to grow, spurring the development of the local tourism industry. There are more than 2,000 tourism establishments in Hong Kong, offering careers such as tour guides, tour escorts and travel consultants.

Job Title
Duties

The tour guide mainly receives and takes the inbound tourists to go sightseeing in the local area. They have to be familiar with the history of local culture and the scenic spots in order to introduce to the tourists. The following are the main tasks:

  • Guide the tourists on local tours, introduce historical sites, scenic spots and special streets and buildings, etc
  • Provide and arrange itinerary and translation
  • Ensure the safety of tourists and the provision of other related services
Working hours

Irregular working hours,  may work for longer hours  in the peak tourist season

Working environment

Always face different challenges and new things

Personality
Leadership skills
Good communication skills
Promotion and reference salary
Tour guide trainee
Approximately $10,000
Tour guide
Approximately $20,000 or more

Note 1: The promotion and remuneration depend on the individual company structure.
Note 2: The remuneration varies according to the working time, location, experience, etc.

Entry requirements
  • A secondary school graduate
  • Fluent in Cantonese and English, Mandarin or other languages preferred
  • A holder of a certificate approved by the Travel Industry Council with passes in the relevant examination
  • A holder of a valid certificate of First Aid approved by the Travel Industry Council of Hong Kong
  • A Tour Guide pass issued by the Travel Industry Council of Hong Kong
Duties

Based on their experience and ability, tour escorts may choose to take short or long journeys. The qualifications and experience required to fly to long-distance European and American countries are higher than those required for short-distance journeys. The following are the main tasks of the tour escort.  

  • Arrange and take care of the food, transport and accommodation of tourists during their stay on the tour
  • Assist visitors in immigration clearance
  • Ensure the safety of tourists and the provision of other related services
Working hours

The working hours are  irregular, may work for longer hours in the peak tourist season

Working environment

Always face different challenges and new things

Personality
Leadership skills
Good communication skills
Promotion and reference salary
Tour escort trainee
Approximately $10,000
Tour escort
Approximately $13,000 or more

Note 1: The promotion and remuneration depend on the individual company structure.
Note 2: The remuneration varies according to the working time, location, experience, etc.

Entry requirements
  • A secondary school graduate
  • Fluent in Cantonese and English, Mandarin or other languages preferred
  • A holder of a valid certificate of First Aid approved by the Travel Industry Council of Hong Kong
  • Obtained a certificate from the Travel Industry Council of Hong Kong in respect of the Outbound Tour Escorts
Examples of related training and courses
Duties

The travel consultant can work at the  ticket department, team department, cruise line, free trip and so on, providing various tourism products and services for customers. The main tasks are as follows:

  • Sales of tourist products, including air tickets, package tickets, cruise holidays, etc
  • Provide guests with itinerary preparation and related advisory services
  • Provide visa information or formalities
Working hours

About 45 hours a week

Working environment

Work in a travel agency

Personality
Good communication skills
Helpful
Promotion and reference salary
Travel consultant assistant
Approximately $10,000-15,000
Senior travel consultant
Approximately $20,000 or more

 

Note 1: The promotion and remuneration may vary according to the individual company structure.

Entry requirements
  • A secondary school graduate
  • Fluent in Cantonese and English, Mandarin or other languages preferred
  • A good command of written Chinese and English
Industry Sharing

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