One of the largest hospitality event planners in the U.S. is opening a new service center in Greenville, South Carolina, which will be used as a hub to help the company provide talent to host some of the largest sporting and entertainment events in the county.
The news comes at a good time for the event hospitality partner, which provides support services for more than 250 venues nationwide. The industry as a whole is expected to experience growth as the economy rebounds and more people travel. In Orlando, for example, area hotels are reporting double-digit growth in revenue. Nationally, hotel sales have jumped 6.7% over the past year.If you are interested in a career in the emerging hospitality and event planning sector, it will help to have a number of customer service or finance-related skills on your resume, including sales, revenue management, accounting and operations. You many want to take an online aptitude test to determine if you have the right qualifications to work in the field or will need additional education or training. John Bowen, dean of the UH Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management in Texas, told the Houston Chronicle that there are a number of options for those looking to get their foot in the door of the industry.Bowen said most people who work in hospitality have a choice of two career paths – operations, which consists of housekeeping, management, front desk and guest services – or food and beverage service for work at restaurants, event planning and catering. He said the school provides a range of courses and on-the-job training that helps students get experience in all aspects of the industry.The experience gives students, many of whom work to support their education, a chance to see if there’s a good fit with the values of a company and it ultimately could lead to a job offer, Bowen said.