Sunday, October 20, 2013

Major Tour Operators Start Hiring Process for Tour Director and Adventure Guides

Fall Hiring Season

The fall is a good time to start getting ready for the new hiring season for the major Tour Operators.  Most begin their hiring process right after the New Year.  Last year some started in November and it looks like that may be the pattern again this year.  This is the time for those wanting additional work and or new hires to start preparing.
I've posted a number of the sites now accepting online resumes and applications below.  I recommend posting your resume and then refreshing at least once a month. Keep it updated with additional related experience.  When the Tour Operator sees a resume that has been untouched for several months they may assume you're no long interested in the position.
I wish you all the best.  I look forward to you updates.  

Tour Operators

Collette Vacations is now accepting resumes for our 2014 season.  We will begin reviewing these in the fall of 2013.
As a Tour Manager you will Conduct escorted tours in assigned destinations by delivering exceptional customer service, seamless operational management and knowledge of destination. Balance business excellence, quality passenger experience and professional expertise.
o Research historical, social & cultural information of assigned destination
o Effectively present researched information to passengers
o Point out sites seen on route and provide information on sites visited
o Effectively communicate all pertinent information of tour to passengers
o Professionally communicate with Collette operational departments regularly
o Complete necessary forms and paperwork to communicate tour incidents
o Confirm all reservations: hotels, meals, attractions and transportation
o Coordinate all aspects of the tour in accordance with specified itinerary
o Track luggage and coordinate check-in & check-out with hotel staff
o Complete and submit all required paperwork in a timely manner
o Manage tour expenses and vendor payments responsibly
o Negotiate and execute contracts on behalf of Collette Vacations for service recovery and emergency purposes as they arise
o Comply with all company policies and departmental procedures
o Provide exemplary & personalized customer service to every passenger
o Accompany passengers to all included tour attractions
o Handle all passenger needs as required on the tour
o Develop & employ a variety of entertainment activities and interaction on tour
o Facilitate an atmosphere of fun and learning on tour
o Insure proper branding of Collette Vacations and/or partners with regard to signage, handouts and recognition
o Act as the "Face of Collette Vacations" in a public relations role
o Maintain positive and professional interaction at all times with passengers and vendors

Read More:
Collette Vacations (Job posted 8/30/13)

General Information about Tour Directing with Tauck
Tauck Directors enjoy the benefits and resources of employment with a company that has been
at the cutting edge of guided travel since 1925. We take great pride in these front-line
representatives of our professional Worldwide Operations team. Our reputation for excellence
and integrity was built on the exceptional quality and service of our Tauck Director staff and the
support provided behind the scenes by our office staff in Norwalk, Connecticut. We currently
employ approximately 250 Tauck Directors worldwide. Most Tauck Directors typically work
between the months of May and October, when our tour season is at its height. All Tauck
Directors are expected to be available for work assignments throughout September and
October. Individual schedules vary, of course, depending on the combination of sales,
itineraries assigned, language skills, personal interests, performance history, and seniority

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Backroads (Sports and Adventure Tours)
Dear Leader Applicant,
Thirty-four years ago, I was inspired to start Backroads by the belief that traveling actively, under one's own power, was the most rewarding way to experience the world. Researching and leading those first trips was an education and a challenge. But most of all, it was fun. And it's still fun. After more than three decades of being intimately involved in the growth of Backroads into the world's #1 active travel company, I'm more excited than ever about where we're headed. It's an honor to lead a company composed of such talented, motivated and fun-loving individuals who are so passionate about and dedicated to creating extraordinary guest experiences.
Backroads exists to treat our guests to a style of travel that is unparalleled in the travel industry. The foundation of our extraordinary guest experience is legendary service-and we go so far as to guarantee the quality of our trips. This is where you come in. Fulfilling this commitment is not an easy job, and it's not for everyone. It may be for you, however, if you can share our passion for this unique mode of travel and the quality of experience for each Backroads guest. Both the challenges, and the rewards, are abundant.
Do you have "the right stuff" to be a Backroads leader? Although leaders enrich each trip with unique personality, they share certain critical qualities as well. Our goal is to accommodate guests' individual needs and desires for their vacations in a personal and flexible manner. Every person at Backroads, myself included, works toward this goal. As the company grows, we're looking for more natural leaders who can do a world-class job with style and professionalism. Please review the list below, and the information provided in the sidebars. Consider not just whether you are right for the job, but if this job (really, a lifestyle) is right for you.

Tom Hale
Founder & President

Please visit this page again on November 1, 2013 when we will begin accepting applications for the 2014 season.

Adventures by Disney
Part concierge, guide and storyteller,
Adventure Guides make the journey unforgettable!

No one tells a story like Disney. No one makes magical memories like an Adventure Guide. The Adventure Guides are a critical component of the overall adventure experience, impacting guest satisfaction and intent to return. In addition to serving as the primary contact and liaison for guests, Adventure Guides coordinate trip logistics (including transportation, luggage, meals and hotel accommodations), communicate daily itineraries and facilitate pre-arranged activities.