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Tourism association director

You like the tourism industry and you’ve already proven yourself in the field. Why not aiming for a tourism association director position? The ITHQ provides you with all the details you need to know about this occupation.  

Duties of a tourism association director

  • Plan, organize, direct and control marketing, information, training and representation activities with a view to achieve objectives based on members’ needs 
  • Maintain relationships with members: oversees communications, coordinates reporting, handles membership renewal, etc.  
  • Represent the association to other industry associations, business communities and government bodies
  • Ensure that the association’s policies, standards and procedures are respected and that the decisions of the Board of Directors are implemented
  • Manage the organization’s human, financial and material resources

Qualities of a tourism association director

  • I have an excellent knowledge of the tourist industry. 
  • I have a good sense of analysis and strategy.  
  • I’m a good team leader and a good communicator.
  • I love networking and building relationships between people. 
  • I’m good at creating collaborative environments. 
  • I have a strong sense of initiative and leadership.
  • I’m comfortable with numbers and have a good head for business. 
  • I’m always on the lookout for new trends.
  • I’m comfortable in a corporate context. 

Required experience and training

  • You need between 5 and 10 years’ experience in a management role in a tourism business before becoming a tourism association director. 
  • Some organizations require a university degree for directorate positions. 
  • The number of years of experience required may vary depending on the type of association for which you work.