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Career Opportunities in Hospitality, Sports, Events and Tourism

Business graduates with a concentration in Hospitality, Sports, Events and Tourism can enjoy careers in: 

Hospitality

  • Lodging Manager: Lodging managers oversee the day-to-day operations of hotels, motels, resorts, timeshares, assisted living facilities and other properties. Positions in these operations include marketing and sales, catering and events, customer relations, front desk, housekeeping, budgeting and employee relations.
  • Resort, Private Club, Casino and Cruise Manager: Among the fastest growing segments in the hospitality industry, these segments offer opportunities for general managers and department managers to oversee room operations, catering and events, marketing, sales, food and beverage, golf operations, sports, entertainment and gaming operations.
  • Food and Beverage Manager: Catering companies, hotels, restaurants, convention centers, managed services and places where food is served all require managers who oversee operations, including beverage and bar management, culinary management, human resources, purchasing and customer service, as well as financial tracking and inventory control.
  • Hotel and Restaurant General Manager: Whether they work for a hotel owner or for the executives of a chain of hotels or restaurants, general managers are in charge of all hotel, food and beverage operations. Responsibilities include setting strategies, creating budgets for departments, expense control and staff hiring as well as setting and maintaining standards of customer service. General managers may also be involved in hotel start-ups or the reorganization of existing hotels or restaurants.
  • Entrepreneurs and Owners of Small Businesses: The hospitality industry provides great opportunities for entrepreneurs or owners of small businesses. Individuals can build up and own enterprises like bed and breakfasts, motels, restaurants, cafés, catering services and beverage/bar operations. In the capstone course – Entrepreneurship in Hospitality Management – students design a business plan that is practical and prepares them to turn their ideas into reality.

Sports

  • Account Coordinator: Account coordinator in sports marketing firms work with upper-level staff to help create marketing strategies, coordinate corporate sponsorships, and plan sporting events. They work to help create and maintain strong relationships with a firm’s corporate clients.
  • Public Relations Assistant: A public relations assistant in the sporting industry aid their department head in drafting press releases and pitching stories to the media. A PR assistant may also help direct activities in the press box on game night and help keep track on the news coverage of their clients.
  • Marketing Representative: A marketing representative in the sports industry is responsible for a variety of tasks, including keeping up-to-date information on the athletes endorsing your product to doing marketing research. They also ensure that athletes on college and professional teams are adequately supplied with your company’s products.
  • Group Ticket Sales Representative: A group ticket sales representative will work to find large groups to sell tickets to for a sporting event. Excelling as a group ticket sales rep can lead to corporate sponsorship sales positions.
  • Customer Service Representative: Sports teams need help organizing large and special events at their stadium or with off-site gatherings for sponsors. A customer service representative will aid in all aspects of these events.
  • eMarketing/Database Management: Working in eMarketing/Database management for an arena will entail entering data from suite guests and tracking who is coming to the game. This position can lead to larger sales opportunities and management opportunities.

Events

  • Event Manager: Event managers work with the Event Director to aid in operations both on and off site. They also communicate with all corporate sponsors to ensure their needs are met.
  • Event Facility Manager-Event facility Managers manage facilities ranging from auditoriums, to arenas, and stadiums. 
  • Event Experience Specialist: Event experience specialists work closely with customers to identify their specific needs and work to improve their experience and account. They are also responsible for assisting with sales and planning for events.  These include planning events from corporate events such as sales meetings, birthday parties, weddings, bar mitzvahs, confirmations, and a whole lot more!
  • Meeting Planner: A meeting planner is responsible for ensuring successful completion of meetings, including maintaining the timeline and budget. They are work to seek out potential clients. Entry level positions include assisting the meeting planner or planning small meeting.
  • Event Manager: Students already with some experience in event planning could enter after graduation in a role of event manager. While not specializing in one specific event, an event manager will organize and run a variety of events. Responsibilities include finding venues, vendors, marketing the event, and managing the event team.

Tourism

  • Travel Agent: A travel agent will help clients make arrangements for their hotel accommodations and transportation.  The most common travel agent position is in selling cruises and packaged tours. They need to have knowledge of the destination’s attractions, customs, and weather.
  • Account Coordinator: Working in promoting and marketing the tourism industry, an account coordinator will work with Account Managers to on travel magazine, promotional material, and client communications.
  • In-house Resort Marketing Representative: An in-house resort marketing representative will work with the sales team to promote that specific location and any special events or deals they have. They will also work to sell vacation packages or time-shares.
  • Tourism Development Specialist: A tourism development specialist will work with various industry partners to facilitate the development of tourism programs. These specialists are responsible for providing strategic plans and assistance.
  • Tourism Marketing Manager: A tourism marketing manager will develop and implement overall marketing plans and strategies. They will also need to identify any tourism trends to identify customer needs and utilize effective and innovative advertising techniques
  • Tourist Attractions Management and Marketing-Positions in this area involve theme and amusement parks, other tourist attractions such as museums and historic sites, cruise ships, snow sports areas, waterparks, and more!