Annual Tourism and Hospitality Career Fair at Genesee Community College on April 19, 2005 Highlights Burgeoning Industry

Students and local citizens interested in exploring career options in one of the fastest growing global industries are invited to Genesee Community College's Annual Tourism and Hospitality Career Fair on Tuesday, April 19, 2005 from 12:00-2:00 PM in the Forum of the Batavia campus. Now in its third year, the popular travel career planning event is hosted by the College's Tourism and Hospitality Management department.

The event includes numerous travel and tourism exhibits manned by many knowledgeable and friendly representatives from all aspects of the tourism industry. Among the confirmed guests will be: AAA of Western and Central New York, Rochester Institute of Technology, Niagara University, Six Flags Darien Lake, First Choice Travel, Del Monte Lodge, Jell-O Gallery, Greater Rochester Visitor's Association, and Genesee County Chamber of Commerce. With this wide array of tourism professionals, all visitors are encouraged to bring their resume!

Recognizing that hospitality and tourism is one of the top three fastest growing industries in the world, Genesee Community College recently updated its Tourism and Hospitality Management program, introducing new course curriculum and important programmatic revisions. Two separate tracks allow students to target their interests into an area of specialty. Tourism Management covers sales and marketing, geographic destinations and events management; while Hospitality Management focuses on the business aspects of hotel operations, food and beverage management. Both programs give students a background in business communications, basic computer skills, a foreign language, and an appreciation for assessing service quality. With 7.2 million jobs generated through tourism in 2004-either program is sure to lead toward a rewarding career.

"Tourism and hospitality management are booming industries, and Genesee students have a terrific pathway to a satisfying profession. Our Tourism and Hospitality Career Fair not only provides tourism and hospitality management contacts for the entire community, but also gives Genesee's events management students a hands-on experience in planning a significant program featuring excellent benefits for all of Genesee County," Amy Bowles, the Tourism and Hospitality Management Program faculty member said. "The students are involved in planning every aspect of the program-from the early planning stages to soliciting door prizes and give-aways, to important media relations."

Gary Praetzel, dean of the College of Hospitality and Tourism Management at Niagara University, who has attended all of Genesee's Tourism and Hospitality Career Fairs stated: "Niagara University, a nationally ranked program and founding member of The Leading Hotel Schools of the World, offers its students internship and placement opportunities nationally and worldwide. Genesee Community College provides us with the kind of students we seek-a student-leader who is prepared and hungry for the best opportunities available in the hospitality and tourism industry. We need good students and Genesee can provide them."

The introduction of online booking and individual ticketing with personal computers and the Internet has created new career trends and the following possible occupational paths:

•Casino Management and Gaming•Group and Individual Tour Operators•Tourism and Destination Marketing•Guest Services•Resort and Hotel Management•Travel Agents•Food Service•Recreation Management•Meeting and Convention Planning•Event Management•Cruise Line Sales•Ecotourism•Airlines and other transportation

Genesee's Tourism and Hospitality Career Fair is free and open to the public. Please be sure to visit the College's website for updates on new exhibitors and other news. Go to: http://www.genesee.edu/academics/programs/Business/TravelTour/ For further information contact Amy Bowles, Tourism and Hospitality Management Instructor at (585) 343-0055 x6332 or via email at ALBowles@genesee.edu.

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