Will you want to work in the events industry? Or are you more of a mover than a planner? In any case, many hotels have openings for event planners that make use of the expertise you already have. Continue reading to learn more about what a hotel event planner does on a regular basis and whether the job is a good fit for you.
A hotel event planner has to learn to manage space.
An event planner is in charge of the hotel’s event spaces which include halls, meeting rooms, huge ballrooms, and even concert halls on occasion. That means you’ll have to learn about the unique features and possibilities of each space. You’ll still need to plan ahead and keep things running smoothly. Bearing in mind that every event will necessitate its own unique approach to setup, technology, layout, and even décor.
You’re the one in charge of the events team
You’re going to need a lot of support to pull off all of these activities. You’re in control of everyone who helps the event run smoothly, from the cleaning crew to the catering crew. You’ll need a knack for recruiting people on the inside and testing relationships with third-party suppliers on the outside to help make it possible. (Before a make-or-break case, you’re in charge of the events team!). To lead such a large team, you’ll need exceptional communication and people-management skills, particularly in high-pressure situations.
You are the one that brings in the customers.
There will be no activities if there are no jobs! As a result, event planners are also often in charge of sales and promotions for the property’s event space. This position’s pros use their marketing and sales savvy to get their venue booked, from answering incoming inquiries to networking at local professional events. But be mindful of the following: Hotels don’t necessarily have a lot of money to spend on print or online ads. You have to be ready to go out there and shake some hands.
You plan the events
So, this shouldn’t come as a shock, but……event managers also plan events. Hotel event planners collaborate with their clients to create and execute memorable activities that are both cost-effective and exceed expectations. You’ll be in charge of everything, from invites and schedules to food and drink and you’ll be doing it at the same time. That means you’ll need meticulous skills as well as a knack for problem-solving and the ability to multi-task.
You see the event through to the end.
It’s game time now that all of the rigorous and thorough preparation has been completed. Event execution entails anticipating any contingency and putting in place the last-minute fixes that keep your party on track. We’re not going to sugar-coat it: It takes time and effort to plan flawless activities, and they can be stressful. (We realize we’re preaching to the choir!)
Is this something you’d be interested in?
Working as a hotel event planner will expose you to a diverse range of activities that will challenge your imagination and put your abilities to the test. If that piques your curiosity, this might be the perfect work for you.