Asheville is known for many things: the beautiful mountains, trails, rivers – pretty much anything outdoors – and GREAT Asheville hotel jobs! Ironically, it’s also known for two of the most famous hotels in the state, if not the country. The Biltmore Estate and The Omni Grove Park Inn will forever be two major draws for tourists to the area.
Beyond these two landmarks, there are many other hotels, motel and B&B operators in the market catering to the tens of thousands of annual visitors to the Asheville area.
As for hotel jobs in Asheville – they are plentiful (…as are the number of establishments of course). Increased competition for entry-level positions…and even those in mid and upper management levels have created recruiting difficulties for these establishments. Noted below are national descriptions for two key management areas in the hospitality/hotel industry that may be helpful as you evaluate the Asheville market relative to your existing market (if you are out of the area). At a minimum, you’ll at least know about the responsibilities and pay ranges nationally with this information.
Asheville Hotel Manager Jobs
Lodging managers ensure that guests on vacation or business travel have a pleasant experience at a hotel, motel, or other types of establishments with accommodations. They also ensure that the establishment is run efficiently and profitably.
Because hotels are open 24 hours a day, evening and weekend work is common. Most lodging managers work full time and are often on call. The work can be pressure-filled and stressful.
Many applicants can qualify as a hotel manager by having a high school diploma and several years of experience working in a hotel. However, most large, full-service hotels require applicants to have a bachelor’s degree. Hotels that provide fewer services generally accept applicants who have an associate’s degree or a certificate in hotel management or operations.
The median annual wage for lodging managers was $51,800 in 2017.
Hotel Meeting and Convention Planner Jobs
Meeting, convention, and event planners coordinate all aspects of events and professional meetings. They arrange meeting locations, transportation, and other details.
Meeting, convention, and event planners spend time in their offices and onsite at hotels or convention centers. They also work onsite at hotels or convention centers, and they often travel to attend events and visit prospective meeting sites. During meetings or conventions, planners may work many more hours than usual.
Most meeting, convention, and event planning positions require a bachelor’s degree. Some hospitality industry experience related to event planning is considered valuable for many positions.
The median annual wage for meeting, convention, and event planners was $48,290 in May 2015.