A career in tourism is perfect for Blair Foster. He enjoys working in a vibrant industry and helping people from all over the world enjoy a great day on the mountain.

At 22, he has landed his dream job as an up-coming operations manager of the world-famous Skyline luge above Queenstown. When he completes his training, Blair aims to use his skills to work at Skyline’s other tourist attractions around the world.

How to get a career in tourism

Tourism is a growth industry with heaps of different roles helping visitors to enjoy a great experience of New Zealand. The good news is that many tourism careers get started with on-job training. You get the job, earn as you learn, advance your skills, and gain nationally recognised qualifications that help you develop a fun and rewarding career.         

Where a tourism operator works

You can find tourism operators in: hotels, hostels, visitor centres, museums, natural attractions, historic buildings, adventure tourism companies, Māori cultural attractions, cafes bars and restaurants, tour bus companies, souvenir stores any many more.

Tourism jobs you might like

Tourism offers many exciting roles: tour guides, retail assistants and managers, visitor hosts and guides, customer service managers, café and bar staff, tour bus drivers, hotel concierge, event managers and co-ordinators, visitor information managers for towns, cities and many types of attractions including historic buildings and cultural centres. There’s also an element of tourism to jobs in retail and hospitality.

What do I do next?

These roles all offer you the opportunity to build a rewarding and satisfying career in New Zealand’s growing tourism sector. Prepare for your first – or next – job with these tips on how to get a job.

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