The Advantages of Working in a Tourist Area

Mark Gordon BrownStarred Page By Mark Gordon Brown, 27th Aug 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Myself and my wife work in a retail store in a popular destination in the Canadian province of Alberta. I have also worked at the front desk in a hotel, again in the same tourist destination.
As a result of these two experiences I have realized several advantages of working in a tourist area as opposed to working elsewhere but doing the same job (working in a retail store in a mall for example, or a hotel that primarily deals with businessmen).

Happy People

People on holiday (your customers) are generally in a good mood. They are thrilled to be away from home and on an adventure, even if it is only a day trip. They are excited to break free of the mundane and are looking at their trip (no matter where it is) as a welcome experience. When you work in the Tourism industry in a area frequented by tourists you are likely to encounter (mostly) pleasant people who are looking to you as a part of their holiday experience. I find I can joke with these people and nearly always have a positive result from them, as they clearly appreciate my good humor too.

Many times I see the people only once or twice a year, but the following summer they always greet me like an old friend. This makes work very pleasant.

Worldly Learning Experience

When you work in a tourist area you never know who you are going to meet or where they are from. Where I work most of the people are from a large city just over an hour away, many have cabins on the lake nearby, however we also get people from all over the world, Saudi Arabia, Germany, and China, are just a few countries where tourists have visited from. Our store has a guest book for people to sign, and I often ask (when their English is good) how to say “Thank You” in their language. As a result I can say Thank You in several languages, including sign language for the deaf.

Daily Variety

You just never know from one day to the next what your job will bring. This certainly links with the educational benefits just mentioned, but also you just never know what the day will bring when you are dealing with things in the tourist industry. Variety makes the day, week, month, year, go so much faster. While some people like their jobs to be routine, many people like some variety and working in a tourist area often allows conversations with people from all over the world.

Feeling Like a Movie Star

When you work in a tourist area you must see yourself as a Celebrity of sorts. You might not be the reason they came, but you can make their trip more memorable (hopefully for the better). When I think of my last few vacations I certainly remember the destinations, but also the people who made it so fun.

As I mentioned above, the people that come to the destination often greet me like an old friend, somebody who they have been looking forward to seeing for a while.

Travel Links

Hiking Albertas Johnston Canyon

Things to see near Drumheller, Alberta

The Ghosts of Red Deer, Alberta


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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
Raised in Michigan, I have a son who recently joined the Military. I am living in Canada with my wife where we have a hobby farm.

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author avatar WRITER92
27th Aug 2010 (#)

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