Conference, Banqueting and Event Jobs.
Lodgestaff.com advertises many jobs in the conference, banqueting & event business in Africa. This industry is a major source of revenue for many hotels, lodges and conference centres, both in the cities and in more remote areas in the country. Those involved with conferences, banquets and events will ensure that the events run smoothly from inception to completion. Good interpersonal skills are essential, as those working in this industry will deal with clients and with staff members of other departments, such as housekeeping, food and beverage and maintenance.
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The conferencing department deals with all aspects of function management, from taking bookings, co-ordinating and scheduling, ensuring function and conference rooms are correctly equipped and presenting to clients. A good telephone manner is required, as well as the ability to handle and manage complaints.
Working in the banqueting department requires strong co-ordination and organisational skills, as the catering needs to be managed, the function rooms booked, and the diary co-ordinated.
Event management requires excellent organizational and communication skills. Audio-visual, lighting and other special equipment for the event may have to be hired, such as a DJ, a band or even an orchestra, stages, dance floors, and marquees. Event organizers and co-ordinators must be able to cope well under pressure and have strong attention to detail.
More about the Conference, Banqueting & Event Industry
Function management is an important part of the tourism and hospitality industry, and requires a strong attention to detail, excellent organisational and administrative skills, and very good client liaison skills. The job will involve organising and running conferences, meetings, banquets, cocktail parties, receptions, lunches, dinners, working breakfasts, exhibitions and other similar events.
You will liaise with other heads of department in the hotel, including the kitchen and bars for food and drinks, the housekeeper for tablecloths, HR to recruit extra staff if it’s a big event, and maintenance for setting up equipment. Before the conference, banquet or event, you will brief all the staff, and check the room set-up, to ensure it runs smoothly.
Afterwards, the function room will usually have to be cleared and reorganised quickly, in readiness for the next event. Your days can involve very early starts, and late finishes. You will also need to take complete charge of all the administrative functions such as budgets, invoicing and receiving and making payments.