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Unit of competency details

SITTTSL005 - Sell tourism products and services (Release 1)

Summary

Usage recommendation:
Superseded
Mapping:
MappingNotesDate
Supersedes and is equivalent to SITTTSL303 - Sell tourism products and services•Equivalent • Unit updated to meet the Standards for Training Packages. 02/Mar/2016
Is superseded by and equivalent to SITTTVL004 - Sell tourism products or servicesTitle changed for clarity. Minor changes to PCs, PE, KE and AC. 09/Jun/2022

Releases:
ReleaseRelease date
1 1 (this release) 03/Mar/2016


Qualifications that include this unit

CodeSort Table listing Qualifications that include this unit by the Code columnTitleSort Table listing Qualifications that include this unit by the Title columnUsage RecommendationRelease
SIT40316 - Certificate IV in Holiday Parks and ResortsCertificate IV in Holiday Parks and ResortsDeleted1-2 
SIT50416 - Diploma of Hospitality ManagementDiploma of Hospitality ManagementSuperseded1-2 
SIT30116 - Certificate III in TourismCertificate III in TourismSuperseded1-3 
SIT50116 - Diploma of Travel and Tourism ManagementDiploma of Travel and Tourism ManagementSuperseded1-2 
SIT60316 - Advanced Diploma of Hospitality ManagementAdvanced Diploma of Hospitality ManagementSuperseded1-2 
SIT60116 - Advanced Diploma of Travel and Tourism ManagementAdvanced Diploma of Travel and Tourism ManagementSuperseded1-2 
SIT30416 - Certificate III in Holiday Parks and ResortsCertificate III in Holiday Parks and ResortsDeleted1-2 
SIT50316 - Diploma of Event ManagementDiploma of Event ManagementSuperseded
SIT40416 - Certificate IV in HospitalityCertificate IV in HospitalitySuperseded1-2 
SIT30216 - Certificate III in TravelCertificate III in TravelSuperseded
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Classifications

SchemeCodeClassification value
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 080501 Sales  

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 080501 Sales  09/Aug/2016 
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Unit Of competency

Modification History

Not applicable.

Application

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to proactively sell tourism, travel, hospitality or event products. It requires the ability to identify specific customer needs, suggest a range of products to meet those needs, provide current and accurate product information and close the sale. The unit only covers sales skills and not related product and destination knowledge which is covered in other units.

The product can include any international or domestic product sold by any tourism, travel, hospitality, or event organisation.

The organisation could be a principal (the supplier) or an agent selling products on behalf of the principal. The sale may be made for a single product or multiple products making up a complete package or itinerary.

This unit applies to frontline sales or operations personnel who operate with some level of independence and under limited supervision. This includes travel consultants, inbound tour coordinators, visitor information officers, account managers for professional conference organisers, event coordinators, tour guides, restaurant managers, banquet coordinators or managers, resort activities coordinators, tour desk officers, reservations sales agents, and owner-operators of tourism organisations.

The sale of travel and tourism products is subject to specific regulations under several federal and state or territory pieces of legislation:

  • Personnel selling travel insurance to a client must meet the requirements of the Financial Services Reform Act (2001)
  • Inbound tour operators (ITOs), irrespective of their location, selling tours that operate within Queensland are subject to the Queensland Tourism Services Act (2003). They must register with the Queensland Office of Fair Trading. This law also applies to tour guides residing anywhere in Australia when working in Queensland and selling local products. ITO personnel and guides do not need to meet any training or certification requirements.

Pre-requisite Unit

Nil

Competency Field

Tourism Sales and Operations

Unit Sector

Tourism

Elements and Performance Criteria

ELEMENTS  

PERFORMANCE CRITERIA 

Elements describe the essential outcomes.

Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element.

1. Identify customer product needs.

1.1.Establish rapport with customer to promote goodwill and trust.

1.2.Determine customer needs and preferences, including cultural preferences and expectations.

1.3.Identify appropriate products to meet customer needs and specific information and advice relevant to these products.

1.4.Identify any customer requests which, if met, would breach ethical and legal commitments.

2. Suggest products that meet customer needs.

2.1.Use product knowledge to tailor product options to specific customer needs.

2.2.Make any product suggestions according to current promotional focus and organisational preferred product arrangements.

2.3.Make customer aware of additional products that may enhance their request and maximise the sale profitability.

2.4.Source additional information to meet specific customer needs.

3. Provide specific product information and advice.

3.1.Provide appropriate scope and depth of current and accurate product information and advice, including relevant product conditions, to meet customer needs.

3.2.Suggest alternative products if desired products are unavailable.

3.3.Promptly present all options in a clear format and style.

3.4.Disclose any sales and product coordination fees in a clear and accessible manner.

4. Sell the product.

4.1.Clearly explain and promote product features and benefits.

4.2.Provide additional information to address customer questions and objections.

4.3.Select and use techniques at the appropriate time to close the sale with the customer.

4.4.Identify and act on opportunities to enhance the quality of service to customers.

5. Follow up sales opportunities.

5.1.Where appropriate, make follow-up contact with customer.

5.2.Provide required after sales service according to organisational procedures.

Foundation Skills

Foundation skills essential to performance in this unit, but not explicit in the performance criteria are listed here, along with a brief context statement.

SKILLS  

DESCRIPTION 

Reading skills to:

  • interpret product features, benefits and conditions and plain English regulatory documents.

Writing skills to:

  • record all options in a clear format and style to provide a product overview.

Oral communication skills to:

  • select and use appropriate verbal and non-verbal language to respond to different personal and cultural customer needs.

Numeracy skills to:

  • interpret and calculate any sales and product coordination fees.

Planning and organising skills to:

  • promptly source and provide customer information.

Unit Mapping Information

SITTTSL303 Sell tourism products and services

Links

Companion Volume implementation guides are found in VETNet - https://vetnet.gov.au/Pages/TrainingDocs.aspx?q=68c40a93-e51d-4e0f-bc06-899dff092694

 

Assessment requirements

Modification History

Not applicable.

Performance Evidence

Evidence of the ability to complete tasks outlined in elements and performance criteria of this unit in the context of the job role, and:

  • proactively sell international and domestic destination products from the list in the knowledge evidence to meet the requirements of at least three different customers
  • demonstrate the following skills during each of the above customer service interactions:
  • communication with customers to correctly interpret their requirements
  • use of different sales techniques in response to different customer types
  • integration of product knowledge into the sales process
  • complete sales within commercial time constraints and deadlines determined by the customer or the organisation.

Knowledge Evidence

Demonstrated knowledge required to complete the tasks outlined in elements and performance criteria of this unit:

  • types of international and domestic destination products:
  • accommodation
  • activities
  • airfares
  • brochured tour packages
  • cruises
  • entertainment
  • entrance to attractions or sites
  • event management services
  • food, beverage and catering
  • functions
  • incentive tours
  • inclusive products or optional touring products
  • meals
  • meeting or event equipment
  • speaker services
  • special event consumable items
  • special items with customer’s corporate branding
  • specially tailored itineraries
  • technical equipment and services
  • tour guiding services
  • tours
  • transfers
  • transportation
  • travel insurance
  • vehicle rental
  • venue hire
  • sales techniques:
  • opening techniques
  • recognising buying signals
  • strategies to focus customer on specific products
  • selling intangible products
  • selling add-ons and complementary products
  • overcoming customer objections
  • closing techniques
  • ethical and legal commitments relating to the sale of tourism products:
  • consumer protection
  • products that breach environmental laws
  • products that are known to cause negative environmental, cultural or social impacts
  • products that breach known or advised customer cultural or religious taboos
  • selling air tickets
  • those dealing with Australian-based customers, the general characteristics of the main social and cultural groups in Australian society and the key aspects of their cultural and religious protocols and preferences for tourism products
  • those working in inbound tourism, the general characteristics of the main inbound tourist markets and the key aspects of their cultural and religious protocols and preferences for Australian tourism products
  • regarding the specific industry sector and organisation:
  • considerations for selling specific products:
  • negotiated costs
  • contractual arrangements
  • preferred supplier or agent arrangements
  • primary components of consumer protection laws that relate to selling tourism products and, organisational responsibility for supplying products as described or substituting suitable products
  • primary components of and actions that must be adhered to by tourism organisations under the Criminal Code Act 1995 for child sex offences outside Australia
  • inbound tour operators and guides selling and delivering Queensland-based products:
  • primary components of and actions that must be adhered to by tourism organisations under the Queensland Tourism Services Act 2003
  • where travel insurance is a product:
  • primary components of the Financial Services Reform Act 2001 and, organisational responsibility for supplying product disclosure statements and providing accurate information on the provisions of the insurance policy
  • formats and inclusions used to present information to customers and, styles that cater for those with special needs.

Assessment Conditions

Skills must be demonstrated in a business operation or activity that sells tourism, travel, hospitality or events products. This can be:

  • an industry workplace
  • a simulated industry environment set up for the purposes of assessment.

Assessment must ensure access to:

  • computers and information systems currently used by the tourism, travel, hospitality and event industries to store product-related information
  • internet
  • printer
  • storage for computer data
  • telephone
  • specific computerised systems and software programs currently used by tourism, travel, hospitality and events industry operators to:
  • administer travel documents
  • control product inventory
  • control the reservations function for the supply of product
  • facilitate airfare calculations
  • prepare quotations
  • process reservations
  • process event registrations
  • store industry-related and product information
  • computerised reservations systems (CRS) currently used in the tourism industry to administer booking and operational functions, book supplier services and maintain accounting records
  • customers with whom the individual can interact; these can be:
  • customers in an industry workplace who are assisted by the individual during the assessment process; or
  • individuals who participate in role plays or simulated activities, set up for the purpose of assessment, in a simulated industry environment operated within a training organisation.

Assessors must satisfy the Standards for Registered Training Organisations’ requirements for assessors; and:

  • have worked in industry for at least three years where they have applied the skills and knowledge of this unit of competency.

Links

Companion Volume implementation guides are found in VETNet - https://vetnet.gov.au/Pages/TrainingDocs.aspx?q=68c40a93-e51d-4e0f-bc06-899dff092694