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The Resort Life: A Career in Hospitality

10 JUL 2012
Career Path : Hospitality

Have you ever been on vacation at a luxury resort and think to yourself, “why can’t I live like this all the time?” Have you ever wondered if the expression ‘all-inclusive’ could possibly include a full-time career? These questions are not just fantasy. Thousands of people are waking up to the realization that working and managing a resort is a real career which is both exciting and challenging.

Working at a resort is not limited to fun summer jobs laying out deck chairs, serving cocktails and giving salsa dance instructions. There are plenty of opportunities on the business end of the industry where one can plan a more permanent career. The resort management business is a constantly-changing industry that demands intelligent, creative and versatile talent to help it remain competitive. Although luxury resorts can seem isolated and removed from the rest of the world when one is vacationing there, the manager must be aware of the global economic trends which influence vacationers. A great resort manager begins with this global awareness and ends with intuitive decision-making regarding developments, investments, and how best to work with the social, economic and even environmental issues with which resort planning must integrate.

Global issues aside, even the day-to-day life on a resort is more than fun and games. There are many important guidelines to follow regarding the well-being of the holiday-goers. Some of the more sober responsibilities that a manager must always keep in mind include:

  • food and health inspections
  • sanitation standards
  • security and loss prevention
  • first aid and medical response
  • assisting travellers with disabilities
  • and more

This is a good reminder to anyone who thinks a career in hospitality business management is hard work without serious responsibilities. A great manager has to be one step ahead of any problem, anticipating any issue, so the vacationer does not have to think about a thing except what pleases them.

The resort life synthesizes all of the senses. Our sense of smell and taste is carefully catered to by food operations managers. Our sense of touch is pampered by the housekeeping and decorating staff. Sound and sight is meticulously pleased by the entertainment and activity planners. Organizing and running any one of these areas of expertise is an opportunity to gain fulfilment by making people happy and relaxed. Choosing a specialization, however, might be too difficult for anyone who loves everything about resort management. In this case, there’s no reason to settle for anything less than becoming a general manager and running the whole show.

Visit Canadian Tourism College for more information on tourism courses.