Travel and Meeting Management covered at Richland College’s January 11 Info Session
The hospitality industry is a major employer in the Dallas area. More than 120,000 workers are generating approximately $2.5 billion in wages. And, employment of meeting and convention planners is expected to grow faster than the average for all occupations according to the U.S. Department of Labor.
For those wanting to break into this industry, Richland College’s Travel, Exposition, and Meeting Management (TEMM) program will host an information session, 6–8 p.m., Jan. 11 in Sabine Hall, room 117. Program coordinator M.T. Hickman will speak about industry trends and job opportunities and also provide information about how to enroll in the school’s TEMM classes.
With one of the largest convention centers in the country and the expansion of Victory Park and other venues, Dallas is one of the fastest-growing markets in the nation for the meetings, special events, and trade shows. Each year, thousands of people in the Dallas area are involved in the planning and managing special events like the Super Bowl and other events including galas, promotional events, concerts, and festivals. The demand for working professionals in this often hidden industry will continue to expand. Opportunities are also plentiful at travel agencies, convention and visitors bureaus, and cruise lines.
The Richland College TEMM program offers professional development to inexperienced individuals as well as those who have previously worked in the field. Richland offers a certification in meeting management, the only one offered in Texas, and a certificate in travel. Students can also earn an associate’s degree, covering both fields of study. The program offers variety of courses, including running a home-based travel agency, which is also the only course of its kind offered in Texas.
For more information, contact MT Hickman at (972) 238-6097 or firstname.lastname@example.org.