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Travel Business Management
Associate in Applied Science
Curriculum code 1288
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The Travel Business Management A.A.S. Degree is recommended for those seeking a management or supervisory position within the following areas: airlines, travel agencies, tour operators, hotel, rental car agencies, cruise lines, meeting planning and special event management organizations, and convention and visitors bureaus. The travel field is one of the world's most dynamic and exciting industries. Globally, it employs more people than any other industry in the world. It offers employees a fast pace, a diverse workplace, challenge, mobility, and substantial fringe benefits.

The A.A.S. degree prepares students to read, write, speak and problem solve. The travel curriculum encompasses essential information regarding travel services, products and current issues, as well as technical and interpersonal skills. The faculty are subject matter experts and working professionals in the travel industry.

An internship is offered with various segments of the travel industry: airline, rental car, tour operator, travel agency, etc., incorporating what you learned in the class with an on-the-job experience. Additionally, there is an opportunity to participate in the Walt Disney World College Program Internship in Orlando, Florida.

This program is intended to lead to employment. Students considering transfer to a four-year college or university to obtain a bachelor's degree using the courses from this program should make an appointment with an academic advisor or review options.

Nature of Work—Travel industry work focuses on people. Individuals attracted to this industry are people-people; ones who are open to new ideas, experiences, change, and people! The travel industry's motto is "The world is our oyster". We have the opportunity to "make dreams come true", the customers' and our own! Few industries provide such a wide-variety of traditional and non-traditional work environments. Your work could be: entrepreneurial, part-time, full-time, home-based, or job-sharing, and all of it working for some of the largest and smallest brick and mortar or virtual companies in the world.

Related Job Titles—Corporate Travel Manager, Independent Contractor, Sales Representative, Reservationist, Meeting Planner, Cruise Director, Tour Escort, Account Executive, Concierge, Special Events Coordinator, Tour Coordinator, Travel Counselor, Incentive Travel Specialist, Ticket Agent, Trade Association Director

Employment Outlook—With rising household incomes, smaller families, and an increasing number of older people who are more likely to travel, people are expected to increase their vacation travel. Business travel also should bounce back from recession and terrorism-related lows as business activity expands. Further, as American corporations open more foreign operations and businesses, and increasingly sell their goods and services worldwide, more business travel is anticipated.

EarningsExperience, sales ability, and the location and size of the company are factors affecting salary. Additionally, the Travel Professional’s 16th Annual Compensation Survey reflects the average annual compensation for travel agents in 2010 was $31,870.

Median expected salaries in Chicago for the following job categories:
Reservations agents $31,784
Customer service representatives $34,023
Counter and rental agents $33,428
Corporate travel supervisors $50,123
Flight attendants $57,367

Source: salary.com
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2010-2011 www.bls.gov/oco (Travel Agents)

Additionally employees of the travel industry usually get reduced rates on products sold in the travel industry including: cruises, car rental, accommodations, tour packages and transportation. These benefits for themselves and their families attract many people to this occupation.

The median salary in Chicago for travel coordinators is $47,883. Salaries range between $33,940 to $63,850.
Source: Salary.com.

For job and internship listings and job search assistance, contact the Job Resource Center in the Student Services Center, S202, (708) 974-5737, www.morainevalley.edu/jrc.

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