Does “tourism-speak” baffle you? You’re not alone, and we’re here to help you navigating the world of tourism speak.
Does the jargon of tourism make your head spin? Do you hear acronyms and other foreign-sounding words on a day-to-day basis? You’re not alone. Even we at the WCVA have to pull out the handy dictionary from time to time.
We can help you sort out tourism’s own language, which will help when dealing with tour operators, destination marketing organizations, travel agents and other travel and tourism professionals.
Check out this glossary of tourism terms (PDF), developed by the Oregon Tour & Travel Alliance, an organization whose mission is to increase the packaged travel business throughout the state, and written by Cynthia Billette, CTP.
So, the next time a tour operator or wholesaler asks how many pax are on a preformed group tour, and what is the confidential tariff for the group, you will know exactly what they mean!
Glossary courtesy of the Oregon Tour & Travel Alliance (OTTA) and Heather Anderson, tourism sales manager for the WCVA.