A Travel Manager organises a sports club or athlete’s travel arrangements. They handle and oversee all travel services – including transport, flights and accommodation – and arrange associated details, such as food and drink. Positive relationships with travel providers and agencies are required to get good deals and ensure the efficient running of services. A Travel Manager is expected to book tickets, reconcile expenses, ensure player and staff safety and create travel policies.
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Awareness of travel documents, visas, insurance and important and export regulations is needed to perform the job efficiently.
HND qualifications in Business, Leisure & Tourism, Travel or Human Geography are beneficial but not essential. Passes in Maths and English at GCSE level are often deemed suitable qualification.
Roles as a Travel Consultant or Travel Agency Consultant are vital in teaching applicants the basics of the industry, such as knowledge of international travel regulations, customs and currencies. Some companies offer apprenticeships and graduate training programmes, which ease a pathway into Travel Management. Previous work in customer services and demonstrable experience in organising and planning is desirable.