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Helping you find a career as a Tour manager

If you’re charismatic and love to travel being a tour manager could be the perfect role for you! Tour managers supervise and guide holidaymakers to ensure they stay safe, happy and entertained.


What does a Tour manager do?
Tour managers develop a good knowledge of the areas they tour so they can keep their tourists interested all along the tour route.
  • Guide and entertain tourists

  • Develop specialised knowledge of your routes

  • Make bookings e.g. hotels and car hire

  • Welcome holiday makers

  • Check tickets

  • Ensure everything runs smoothly

  • Liaise with hotels and travel companies

Beyond the role of a tour guide, managers also book all the necessary parts of a tour, e.g. cars and hotels, as well as overseeing the smooth running of the tour.

You’ll also have to be ready to deal with emergencies. If someone becomes ill or has an accident during the trip you may be in charge of supervising safety measures.
Skills & interests required for a Tour manager
  • Charismatic and confident

  • Skills with foreign languages

  • Approachable

  • Planning and organisational skills

  • Safety conscious

  • An interest in travel, history and geography

  • Energy and enthusiasm
What hours does a Tour manager typically do?
Your work hours depend entirely on your employer and the location you operate in. You could be running a historical castle tour for example, which would likely be a morning and afternoon activity, while another tour guide might run a historic pub crawl, which would take place in the evening. The nature of your tour, as well as your employer, dictates your hours.
What environment is a Tour manager based in?
Depending on your knowledge and language skills, you could be working anywhere as a tour manager!
How much does a Tour manager travel?
Travelling and working in beautiful and historic environments is a sizable benefit for tour guides. Your office could be a beach, a castle or an amazing historical site
How much does a Tour manager get paid?
A starting salary for a tour manager is around £15,000 to £20,000. More experience can see this exceed £28,000.
What qualifications does a Tour manager need?
Depending on your location and employer you may need language skills and the qualifications to prove them. Equally knowledge of the geography and history of the area in question is necessary, but you may be able to gain and demonstrate this without formal qualifications.
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