Assists in developing and maintaining West Hollywood Travel + Tourism Board’s travel trade and meetings/conferences programs as it relates to the promotion of West Hollywood as a travel and meetings destination in all assigned domestic and international markets. These programs include consumer-oriented initiatives with trade partners, attending tradeshows for both trade and meetings/conferences, organizing sales missions, familiarization tours, site visits, responding to RFPs, product trainings and other initiatives for the travel trade and meetings industry.
Principal Duties And Responsibilities:
Act as a point of contact with West Hollywood hotel sales contacts.
Build relationships with travel trade operators, wholesalers, travel agents, trade media (in conjunction with Communications Department) as well as in-state industry partners on various travel trade programs and promotional opportunities.
Initiate and cultivate leads and relationships with meeting planners to solicit qualified RFPs for meetings and conference business.
Assist in organizing key tradeshows, sales missions, and client events in assigned markets.
Organize inbound familiarization trips.
Assist in responding to travel trade and meetings/groups industry requests and opportunities as it relates to domestic and international markets.
Assist in the development and distribution of travel trade and meetings/groups tools.
Maintain a well-informed, working knowledge of the hotels, event facilities, and attractions, private and public, available in the destination and surrounding areas.
Conduct meetings and relationships with hotels/facilities.
Assist in managing of the business development budget with supervision of VP, Business Development.
Meet or exceed defined goals and objectives.
Prepare monthly reports, leads, and recaps as necessary.
Assist in implementing special promotions generating overnight stays to West Hollywood hotels.
Position requires extensive travel.
Perform or assist in other duties as assigned.
5+ years of sales/business development experience in hotels, DMO/CVBs or other hospitality related industries
Excellent communication skills: oral and written, presentations and professional correspondence
Knowledge of key markets, and related industry associations and trade shows
Must be able to travel to local, regional, national and international markets, as necessary. Occasional evenings and weekends may be required.
Preferred: experience in both meetings/conferences and travel trade markets
Additional Salary Information: Competitive benefit package, 9/80 work schedule
About West Hollywood Travel + Tourism Board
West Hollywood is a city that is proud to stand out. Its irregularly shaped outline tells of its unique beginnings as a city carved out by those who refused to invisibly fit in. With passion and determination, we’ve built an open yet sophisticated haven that values fresh thinking and individuality. The rebellious and inspired creativity of the people who live and work here has put West Hollywood at the leading edge of culture, entertainment and design. Here, the elegant and the outrageous, the refined and the radical come together to make their debuts in ways that are new, unexpected and sometimes revolutionary.
At present, the city has grown to 39,000 residents and remains Los Angeles’ hottest destination for the entertainment industry with its boutique hotels, celebrity-owned restaurants, unparalleled nightlife and shopping, and events like the HBO Emmy Party, Sir Elton John’s Annual Oscar Party, the Vanity Fair Oscar Party, LA PRIDE and the world's largest Halloween street party – West Hollywood Costume Carnaval. West Hollywood continues to be an example for progressive, creative individuals on the cutting edge of trends and new ideas, working together as a community in one of the most intriguing cities in the country.