Wednesday, March 16 | 10 AM to 3:30 PM | PA Farm Show Complex & Expo Center | Harrisburg, PA
*Register by Wednesday, March 9
Careers in the tourism industry are dynamic, engaging, rewarding, and fun! Visit Hershey & Harrisburg invites college students and recent graduates join us for a day of purposeful connections with professionals in Hospitality Management and Sports Tourism fields. We're collaborating with the School of Sport, Tourism and Hospitality at Temple University to facilitate the day's events, and we're inviting students from across Pennsylvania to learn more about the wide-ranging benefits of a career in tourism! *Find the registration link below following some fun facts about tourism destinations and experiences in our region and the event FAQ.
While the pandemic has affected travel over the past 20 months, consumer trends indicate the Hershey Harrisburg Region is working its way back to pre-pandemic averages. Historically:
Q: Who should attend?
A: Students and recent grads interested in learning about internships, seasonal employment, and long-term career opportunities in the Hospitality Management, Sports Tourism, and related fields such as Sales, Management, Operations, Culinary, Marketing, and Communications positions.
Q: Why should you attend?
A: To learn about careers in tourism and to connect with professionals working in Hospitality Management, Sports Tourism, and related fields.
Q: Is there a fee to attend?
A: Student and recent graduate participation is free.
Q: Is this a job fair?
A: No. (We think it's better!) Rather than on-the-spot interviews, this event encourages information sharing and discussion. For students who may be undecided in the next steps of their career path, this is a chance to learn about the wealth of opportunities in the tourism industry and to see how a variety of skill sets could match with potential careers. Tourism professionals in the Hershey Harrisburg Region welcome more than 10 million visitors each year; they are eager to share insights with the future workforce!
Q: How will we connect with tourism professionals at the event?
A: Students and recent grads will participate in roundtable discussions (10-15 minute sessions at each table) with professionals who work in lodging, dining & culinary, attractions, sports, and other tourism-related fields. They'll be encouraged to ask questions about what a career path in your business could look like. This format facilitates making a broad array of purposeful connections for students and businesses alike.
Q: What tourism-related business will attend?
A: More than 200 businesses in the Hershey Harrisburg Region have been invited to attend. Expected attendees include hotels, attractions, restaurants, venues, and more. Registration is ongoing, and a list will be provided prior to the event.
Q: What do students and graduates need to bring along?
A: An open mind and lots of questions!
Q: What is the registration deadline?
A: Wednesday, March 9.
Q: When will we know what businesses will be attending?
A: Registration is ongoing. Scroll to the end of the page to see the list of businesses and organizations currently registered.
Q: Is transportation arranged?
A: Students and recent graduates should discuss transportation options with their school. Both group arrivals and individual drivers are welcome. Onsite parking for the event is free. (*See note in agenda for start times based on school-provided transportation vs. individual arrivals.)
10:00 AM – 12:30 PM -- Area Site Tours (*Students utilizing school-sponsored transportation will begin area site tours at 10:00 AM. Students arriving via personal transportation will begin a venue tour at 11:30 AM.)
12:30 PM – 1:00 PM -- Boxed Lunches
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM -- Panel Discussion w/Industry Professionals | Special Presentation
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM -- Roundtable Discussions
Panel Discussion Speakers (*Subject to Change)
Special Presentation: Dare to Dream
Ready to learn more about careers in tourism? Register today!
Participating Businesses (Registration Ongoing)
Adventure Sports in Hershey
Appalachian Brewing Company
Best Western Premier, the Central Hotel
Dauphin County Parks & Recreation Department
Fairfield Inn and Suites HIA and Courtyard Hershey Chocolate Ave.
Harrisburg International Airport
Hershey's Chocolate World | The Hershey Company
Hershey Entertainment & Resorts
Hershey Harrisburg Sports & Events Authority
Holiday Inn Harrisburg-Hershey
IHG Staybridge Suites
La Quinta Harrisburg Airport
Lebanon Expo Center
PA Farm Show Complex & Expo Center
PA Restaurant & Lodging Association
Springwood Hospitality/Home2 Suites by Hilton - Harrisburg North
The Vineyard and Brewery at Hershey
Troegs Independent Brewing Company