Are Students Ready for Their Future Career in the Event and Meeting Industry? Lessons from a Comparative Study between Students and Event and Meeting Professionals

Seonjeong Lee, Hyejo Hailey Shin, Miyoung Jeong

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An increasing number of students show great interest in the event and meeting industry for their future career. Event and meeting professionals have to handle challenging and dynamic circumstances, which require development of various skills, knowledge, the proper personality, and the right leadership style. It is unclear how students understand these different competencies and how event and meeting professionals view these different competencies, which play important roles for students’ future careers in the event and meeting industry. Based on a self-administered, online survey, this study explores the importance of skills, knowledge, personality types, and leadership styles from both event and meeting professionals and students in the hospitality and tourism management program. Results suggest how hospitality and tourism programs can provide better education for students to be successful in the event and meeting industry.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)77-87
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Hospitality and Tourism Education
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2 Apr 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • Event and meeting industry
  • knowledge
  • leadership styles
  • personality types
  • skills

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management

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