Hospitality and Tourism Management Students Plan Industry Event

HTM 3220 students and Dr Wendy Lam at LEI event

Over the spring term, 29 students in the Special Events Management, HTM 3220, course taught by Associate Professor of Hospitality and Tourism Management Wendy Lam, Ph.D., worked with the nonprofit ClimbHI. The students served as the event planners of the 2018 Oahu Leadership, Exploration and Inspiration (LEI) Career Fair held on April 9 at the Hawaii Convention Center. LEI is a workforce development project sponsored by the Hawai‘I Tourism Authority (HTA) and created by ClimbHI to inspire Hawai‘i’s youth to select careers in the Hawai‘i visitor industry.

As part of the students’ coursework, they developed a comprehensive event plan, and then organized, monitored, adjusted, and evaluated activities to meet the goals of the event. The goals set were to secure the participation of 60 engaged companies, communicate efficiently as a team, and ensure happy external customers, including students, teachers, vendors, ClimbHI, HTA, and the Hawaii Convention Center.

More than 600 Oahu high school students attended the LEI Career Fair and saw firsthand the many career opportunities available in the hospitality and tourism industry and post-secondary education opportunities. Representatives from 62 businesses set up booths, including one staffed by Hawai‘i Pacific University Admissions and Career Development Center employees. The full day event also offered the high school students leadership and inspiration through guest speakers, Hawaiian culture and sense of place trainings, and Waikiki hotel visits.

“They did a fabulous job exceeding the goals of the event,” said Lam, of her HTM 3220 students. On May 2, President of ClimbHI Julie Morikawa, will present certificates of achievement to the students.