Tour guides and bed testers snatch top slots in dream hospitality and tourism jobs poll

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The UK is a nation of aspiring tour guides and hotel bed testers according to stats released  by careers website UKSP. The survey, aimed at highlighting some of the most interesting and unusual roles available in hospitality, leisure, travel and tourism (HLTT), shows that nearly 15 per cent of people dream of a job as a tour guide, whilst over 11 per cent fancy making a living testing the snooze factor of beds for a hotel chain!

Other high fliers in the top q0 include events planner, development chef and water park tester at three, four and five respectively, with traditional HLTT positions such as travel agent and holiday park entertainer ranking surprisingly low in the survey, with just four per cent and one per cent of the vote.

The top scoring role of tour guide proved particularly attractive to older respondents, with nearly one in three over 45s picking it as their dream HLTT job, whilst the role of events manager topped the poll for the 16-24 year old age group, with one in five of the votes.

The great news for those keen to pursue a career as a travel or tour guide is that the number of roles in this field have been projected to increase by nearly 10 per cent between 2010 and 2015, in part due to the boost in tourism expected from the 2012 Olympics Games, with an estimated 1,500 new positions being predicted.

“Although this was a light hearted poll, we were pleasantly surprised to see that tour guide came out on top as the most popular HLTT job above some of the more quirky and fun sounding options, such as water park tester and director of fun, because it shows that people have a genuine interest in working in the industry and interacting with customers,” said Lesley Potter from UKSP of the survey findings.




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