PRLog - May 27, 2014 - When most people think of a career in sales, they generally don't consider the hospitality industry. Most people think of hospitality as a career for cooks, waiters, and front desk representatives. However, the truth is, there are plenty of opportunities for sales professionals in the hotel industry. Without sales professionals, hotels would be empty, their banquet rooms would be vacant, and their restaurants would not have patrons. Hotel professionals are needed to keep hotels like Hilton, Marriott, Holiday Inn, and hotels across the globe full.
The nice thing about hotel sales is that it pays well and the work can be fun, glamorous, and exciting. Take a walk through a hotel, take a look at the guestrooms, meeting space, banquet rooms, resaurants, fitness center, and pool. These are the exact amenities a sales person in the hotel business sells to event planners and organizers.
Each hotel employs 1-10 or more sales people that contract with meeting planners for their conferences and events. The best sales people are good at networking and enjoy working with people to meet their needs. Many hotels are considered receptive sales where a number of clients call in each day due to your fantastic location, hotel, and services. Other hotels require aggressive sales people that are anxious to go out and identify new customers to fill their hotels.
Hotels have a wide range of salaries. Entry level can start at 40 to 65 thousand plus bonus depending on your skill set and the size and location of the hotel. Salaries can increase to 60 to 130 thousand or more plus bonus after 5-7 years.
A typical days in the hotel business starts with a morning meeting with the team. After that returning phone calls, drawing up proposals, contracts, and calling customers for new business opportunities. Many hotel sales professionals also start the day with entertaining a client for coffee or breakfast. A client lunch or hotel event happens quite frequently. The afternoon can be filled with site tours or outside appointments. Wrap the day up with returning calls, a possible sales meeting, and preparing for the next day. A typical day can change quickly as a hotel always seems to have something come up. Tradeshows, client requests, requests for proposals, and pop up meetings always keep the days interesting.
Hotels sales is a career that is often overlooked. If your interested in a career, you might try your local college for courses, or learn more about hotel sales opportunities at www.aprinda.com Many people like to get started at the front desk and advance through the ranks.