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.