Travel – Tourism and Hospitality

Would you like to be part of an industry that sells experiences and memories?

Dorset offers its residents and guests a unique natural and cultural environment. Almost half of the region is a designated area of outstanding natural beauty, home to the Jurassic Coast World Heritage site and boasting miles of award-winning beaches. There is no surprise the county is a popular destination for an average of 2.9 million trips each year, 11 million overnight stays, and supporting £557 million in tourism-related spend (Visit Britain, 2017-19). There are around 2,140 businesses involved in the sector in Dorset, both small and large global names. Dorset is home to a number of high-profile businesses providing services and attractions locally and offering job opportunities: • Britannia Hotels (Carrington House, Roundhouse, Britannia Hotel, Heathlands and Royal Bath Hotels in Bournemouth) • Bourne Leisure Holdings • West Dorset Leisure Holidays • Bovington Tank Museum • Merlin Entertainments • FJB Hotels • Hall & Woodhouse • Whitbread (Premier Inn) • Stonegate Pub • Loungers (Conto, Cosy Club)
This is an industry that is all about making someone’s day that little bit better and selling and creating experiences and memories. You could be working in a range of settings dealing with passenger travel such as at airports or working in a hotel. If you enjoy cooking you may want to explore career opportunities in Food and Drink. You could be working in a restaurant as a chef designing and cooking meals or as a waiter serving customers.
The sector contributes £417 million to the Dorset economy and businesses involved in the sectors employ 31,000 people locally, representing 10% of all employed in Dorset, which significantly exceeds the national average of 7%.

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What you'll need

You’ll need to be able to pay attention to detail, the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure, the ability to work well with others, the ability to work well with your hands, customer service skills, a desire to help people, excellent verbal communication skills and active listening skills.

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