The SMT opens a “Training” pavilion, because tourism would need more than 200,000 jobs

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Representing alone 8% of GDP in France, tourism should correspond to 2 million jobs in France. Despite a resumption of activity in 2022 and revenues of nearly 58 billion euros, the sector is struggling to find the jobs lost between 2020 and 2021 (more than 230,000 jobs, particularly in the hotel industry, catering, etc.).

In order to support the sector and participate in the attractiveness of the many professions, the World Tourism Fair, which will be held from March 16 to 19, 2023, at Paris Expo Porte de Versailles, will bring together in the Training Pavilion (Pavilion 4) players offering a wide range of initial or continuing training, as well as job or internship offers.

Students had until March 9 to select their orientation

Final year students and reorientation students had until March 9 to choose their favorite courses from among the 21,000 post-baccalaureate courses offered by the Parcoursup orientation platform.

If the future graduates have until April 6 to finalize their file, they must not be mistaken in their choices. “Students are entitled to a maximum of ten wishes, and twenty sub-votes for selective training such as preparatory classes, BTS, BUT, double licenses, etc. And they still have ten more wishes for apprenticeship training.

Players in initial or continuing training will be present at the Tourism Fair

French Federation of Tourism Technicians and Scientists (FFTST)

For nearly 60 years, the French Federation of Tourism Technicians and Scientists (FFTST), co-founder of the World Tourism Fair, has been promoting tourism training while participating in their development. Its multiple actions are aimed at professionals (continuing education, employment assistance, advice, etc.), teachers, students and the general public (promotion of tourism training).

It also acts in the fight against the sexual exploitation of children in tourism with the ECPAT (Contest Say No, organized for students in tourism training). Through the association Tourisme et Handicaps, of which she chairs, she contributes to the development with professionals of the State brand “Tourisme et Handicap”, which aims to improve the accessibility of tourism and leisure sites, and promotes the brand to the general public looking for sites adapted to the four disabilities (motor, mental, auditory and visual.)


The Association for Adult Vocational Training is a vocational training organization serving the regions, the State, professional branches and businesses.

Ile-de-France Tourism Trades CFA Association

Founded in 2004, the association of CFA tourism professions promotes the development of apprenticeship training in the field of tourism with:

– economic actors, companies, branches and professional federations,

– young people and their families

– players in training and guidance.

School of tourism professionals AFTRAL

With three sites in France (Paris, Nantes, Lyon), the schools of AFTRAL tourism professionals offer Bac+2 Sales Advisor diplomas in business travel and tourism. Students are trained to book the services necessary for travel, to sell and put together individual trips, to build and market group trips.

Tunon International School

Based in Paris, the Tunon International School has been preparing for almost 60 years for careers in Hospitality Management in the airline, hotel, luxury, events, tourism and hospitality sectors. Its training and its network of partners abroad open the borders of the professional world.

Since the start of the 2022 academic year, it has strengthened its international dimension with an approach focused on geopolitics and the international environment, with:

– study trips abroad,

– a new training course in 100% international Hospitality management accessible to graduates, with internships and jobs abroad

– the possibility of further studies at the University of California.


The Business School specializing in tourism, business travel and events – ESCAET offers initial training (Bachelor & MBA specialized in tourism, business travel and events) or professional training with tailor-made training courses leading to diplomas (Bachelor and MBA courses accessible in continuing education and VAE).

ESCAET also supports any start-up presenting a usage and/or technological innovation in leisure, business and event travel thanks to its Provence Travel Innovation incubator.

Great South Training

Located in Toulouse, the Grand Sud Formation school offers a range of complete diploma courses, ranging from BTS to bac +5, including multiple business specializations. It relies on its network of partners who are involved in the life of the school through masterclasses, project management, workshops, professional actions, internships… Thus, its professionalizing courses make operational and effective future tourism professionals.

The Network of University Schools of Tourism

The Network of University Schools of Tourism was created as part of Destination France, the plan for the recovery and transformation of tourism. It brings together 6 French universities: University of Angers (ESTHUA); University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (IREST); Gustave Eiffel University (IFIS); Toulouse Jean-Jaurès University (ISTHIA); Savoie Mont Blanc University (USMB) and Nice Côte d’Azur University (ITCA).

This network of schools and training courses of excellence in tourism aims to strengthen and make tourism training courses attractive and visible by creating new ones and opening nearly 400 apprenticeship places.

Let’ is a platform, unique in France, bringing together job offers, work-study programs and internships in all sectors of tourism: travel, accommodation, hotels and restaurants, events, transport, culture and leisure, tourism.

Note from the editor of

For information, no school has deigned to inform us of their presence at the World Tourism Fair. These almost completely ignore the tourist press. We are, of course, ready to discuss matters concerning Tourism students. This is our future readership! Do not hesitate to contact us.

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