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Career in the Spotlight

Hospitality & Tourism

The hospitality field is responsible for providing everything there is to offer in lodging, restaurants and vacation activities. As such, it is an ever growing field with many opportunities to develop and obtain management positions. With a small amount of schooling and a desire to give exemplary customer service, many people can find rewarding management careers in the hospitality industry.


Lodging, such as hotels and resorts, is one of the largest employers in the hospitality management industry. There are many routes you can take within the lodging industry including guests services, housekeeping, general hotel, human resource and sales management. The size and type of lodging may determine how much experience and education is needed to obtain a management position. For example, a large well known luxury hotel chain with over 300 rooms may require at least five years of experience, and at least a Bachelor's degree. A small motel brand with less than 60 rooms may require only one or two years of experience and a high school diploma. People working in lodging management positions can expect to make approximately $26,000 to $149,465 a year, with higher salaries being reserved for hotel general managers.


The spa and relaxation industry is another area of hospitality where there are management opportunities. These include operations management, general spa management, as well as lead spa professional and technician jobs with supervision over other employees in the spa. A spa manager can expect to make between US$33,847 and US$77,527 a year.

Food and Beverage

Food and beverage is another large portion of the hospitality management field. Whether you choose to work in a restaurant, hotel, or catering operation, there are plenty of career paths that can lead to management roles. These include kitchen managers, restaurant managers, lead chefs, bar managers, catering supervisors and food and beverage directors for resort and hotel properties. Food and beverage managers can expect to make between US$29,870 and US$89,065 a year, with higher salaries being reserved for directors of food and beverage of large hotels and casinos.


Travel is another area with opportunities for those interested in hospitality management. Possible job titles include cruise directors, managing travel agents, youth and children activities directors, tour managers, and recreation managers. Travel industry managers can expect to make between US$45,762 and US$124,616 a year.


The events planning field is another are where hospitality management opportunities exist. Event planning can involve weddings, fundraisers, company conventions, concerts, and theater production. Management opportunities can include venue managers, house manages, technical supervisors, production managers and events managers. Events management personnel can expect to make between US$45,337 and US$98,614 a year.




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