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Working with various clients, travel couriers are responsible for making sure that holiday-makers' travel arrangements run smoothly, and that they have a good time. Some travel couriers escort coach parties from the UK to the continent, then return with a different group who are traveling back to the UK.

Travel couriers are responsible for making sure that all passengers and luggage are successfully transferred to and from coaches to ferries, and deal with problems such as lost luggage or illness. They are also the main liaison with people such as coach drivers, ferry and hotel staff, and customs and immigration.

Travel couriers usually work either freelance or on short-term contracts for tour operators. Employers range in size from large, international companies to small, specialist firms, but the best bet are those that organise package tours that include coach transport.

Some employers hire new employees as transfer couriers, who can then progress to coach couriers or tour managers as they become more experienced. Earnings vary from company to company, but new employees are likely to earn around ?10,000 a year, rising with experience to around ?16,000. With some positions, free board and lodging may also be provided.

To learn more about this industry, the training and opportunities, contact the following organizations:

  • Federation of Tour Operators
  • TTC Training
  • Institute of Tourism
  • European Tour Operators Association
  • Springboard UK Ltd
  • People 1st
  • Association of Independent Tour
  • Operators

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