Travel Leader Fundamentals

Whether you are interested in making money leading your own local tours or getting hired to do so, this is an essential course to local tour guiding.

Annette Morejon
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COURSE DESCRIPTION

This course will provide you the information that will allow you to make confident decisions about the direction you want to take within the industry and the type of career you want to select for yourself.

Think of this course as a building block that lays the foundation for a career within travel and tourism. Whether you choose to become a tour director/tour manager leading groups to multiple destinations or a local guide leading visitors on food or city tours or even want to start your own tour company, your dream travel career will always start with understanding the fundamentals of the tourism industry and becoming a travel leader.

We created this course for the “curious” and the “ready-for-something-new” thinkers. If you have questions about the travel industry and the large variety of jobs out there, here is where we start. Without just naming the jobs and where to get them, here is where we introduce the best training and how you keep the jobs you get. Taking this course will give you the knowledge to make good decisions about your new career. Whether far or close to home, you have entered this place to see your future in travel.

Our goal for you is that during and after completion of the course, you will have discovered not only how to become a successful travel leader, but how your stewardship will affect the present and future generations.

 

LEARNING OUTCOMES

  • Discover countless travel and tourism career opportunities out there for those with travel leadership skills.
  • Overcome some of the roadblocks that may be holding you back from pursuing your dream travel career.
  • Learn many different ways you can earn money and make a living in a career as a travel leader.
  • Understand what skills are required to get hired and be successful as a travel leader.
  • Have clarity on where your current skills are and how to develop the necessary skills to succeed.
  • Receive tools to help you navigate some of the challenges in the industry.
  • Know where to find career opportunities.
  • Develop a road map for the next steps towards your dream travel career.
  • Hear inspirational stories and advice from students just like you who are now living their dream travel career.

Course Curriculum

Total learning: 51 lessons / 31 quizzes

ABOUT INSTRUCTOR

Annette Morejon
Annette is passionate about travel, particularly to places she loves. She has undergraduate degrees in Hotel/Restaurant/Tourism Management and French, and an MBA in Hospitality. Annette graduated from ITMI in 2000, right after graduating from college. She has now been in the industry for over 20 years, starting off as a tour director in Italy and France for Collette, and then moving on to work for them as a Product Manager where she planned, contracted, and created itineraries as well as oversaw all operations for the countries she was in charge of. The skills gained as a Product Manager have been the backbone to everything else she has been able to achieve in her tourism career. Her strong connections to Italy, led her to move there from the US, where she spent 11 years exploring every corner, experiencing the culture and history, and sampling all of the delicious foods and wines the country is known for. Annette then became Director of Operations for Cuba Travel Services, where she assisted many US Tour Operators in developing their people-to-people programs to Cuba and managed the operations of all travel-related programs for the company. Annette keeps busy these days overseeing two companies from her home-base in Miami yet still manages to sneak in local guiding and overseas tour directing whenever she can. Annette is the managing partner of the North America division of Whisper System, a company that provides radio guide systems for guided group tours, and managing partner of Daiquiri Tours, where she organizes travel programs to Cuba, Italy, Portugal, Spain, France and other parts of Europe and the world. She also recently spearheaded the founding of her local Chamber of Commerce in the City of Miami Springs, where she is acting President. One of her greatest accomplishments is being an instructor at ITMI, where she can share her passion for her industry with new students, fellow instructors and fellow alumni.
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Growing up in rural Virginia with my pet pig, Wilbur, I never imagined I would one day travel the world for a living. College and graduate school led me to a variety of roles, including travel consultant, teacher, media specialist, production director, and speaker. Then one day a friend asked me to help plan and lead a student tour to New York City. During the trip, a chaperone commented on what a fantastic job I had–as a tour guide. I explained to them that I wasn’t a tour guide… and added that I wasn’t sure that was even a real job! They assured me it was and connected me with their friend, a recent graduate of ITMI. I was intrigued by the concept and soon discovered that ITMI was the real deal. In 2010 I eagerly attended. I have spent the last ten years working full-time leading adult and student tours across the US and thirty-eight countries. I take a few months off each year to backpack on my own and have visited an additional twenty-eight countries. What can I say? I love to travel. I believe that travel has the power to transform worldviews and bring people together. There is no greater joy than to witness the moment when travel becomes transformational. As tour directors, we facilitate experiences for people not only to see the world but to walk away changed. It is a great privilege to be a part of ITMI, investing in the next generation of tour professionals. My passion is utilizing technology to both simplify and enhance our jobs, providing fantastic experiences for our guests. I love helping both the novice and the nerd get up to speed on technology and current innovations in our field.

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