In the hospitality industry and nearly every other field, networking is an extremely important tool in advancing one’s career. One of the most effective ways to network is to attend conferences and conventions that pertain to your field where you can see new innovations, learn about best practices, and most importantly, speak with professionals in the industry that can be potential contacts that can be useful in the future.
When looking for conferences to attend, one useful method for finding these events is to look to leading associations and organizations in the field who usually host or at least have a large presence at these events. For example, in the hospitality industry, the National Restuarant Association (NRA) and the Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP) are two large associations in this field.
The HFTP hosts many conferences throughout the year and also co-hosts many other events. These conferences are great for anyone wishing to break into the hotel and tourism industry and especially learn about new technologies that help those in that industry.
The NRA hosts a variety of events including summits and other conferences that are more focused on the restaurant industry. These events and this association, in general, is a great networking tool for those wishing to enter the field of restaurant management.
When it comes to networking in any industry, start by finding associations that have a large presence and seek out the conferences and events they host or co-host. The networking gained at these events can go a long way in advancing your career.