You fall in love with the art of traveling with the freedom that produces the encounter with another culture, the vertigo of leaving your daily life and to expose yourself to smells, tastes, sounds, and other foreign feelings. However, it doesn’t matter if you travel for fun, lifestyle, work or trend, what few people realize is that behind this act, there are so many people involved, who decided to make the art of traveling a profession, a job so that others can enjoy their rest.
During the 2018 WTTC Global Summit held in Buenos Aires the past month of April, its President and CEO, Gloria Guevara Manzo, affirmed that 1 out of 10 jobs are supported by travel and tourism, and even though this number seems high, we, the OTA´s can affirm that argument. As simple as it seems, since you start to be interested in a destination by researching on the web, until you return home and share your experiences in social networks, there is a whole chain of promotion, development, production, and logistics that cover from online content, until the start-up of a tourist operation in destination.
Our daily work is nourished by the contribution of professionals in areas as diverse as web programming and design, writing, marketing, advertising, even transporters, tour guides, translators, gastronomy employees, and in cases such as sustainable tourism services, they involve community leaders, artisans, indigenous communities, among other actors of an endless list. It is evident its direct and immediate impact on society, therefore, on the planet.
According to data from the UNWTO, in 2017 there were 1,322 million tourists worldwide and it is estimated that by the end of 2018, this figure will increase between 4% and 5%, which positions us, in the words of the directors of the WTTC, in the golden age of travel, which means that traveling is no longer a tendency, it became an essential part of many people’s lives, a source of employment for many.
Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day of your life , said Confucius and likewise, we hope that our work contributes to positivize the tourism and travel, to become more than an industry without chimneys: an industry with vocation of service to the planet and society, in which colleagues, friends, customers and all those who have accompanied us, give back and feel rewarded. For us, without a doubt, being part of this in South America has been and will continue to be the trip of our lives.
We’ve got a team!
By: Nohelia Sánchez – Traveler, Southamerican, Director and Co-founder of Daytours4u