Eatonville Teens Explore Careers in Hospitality


Eatonville teens learn about careers in hospitality 

More than 20 students from the Preserve Eatonville / Zora Neale Hurston summer program learned about the endless opportunities available in the travel and tourism industry through Discover Tourism Days. The program incorporates field trips and behind the scenes tours to Orlando's tourism venues to educate, inform, and inspire teens to pursue careers in hospitality.

Students first learned about Visit Orlando and the organization's role as the primary marketing arm for the destination, becoming honorary Orlando Travel & Tourism Ambassadors for the week. The students then toured the Orange County Convention Center and heard first-hand how meeting and convention business brings in more than $2 billion to the local economy.

Thanks to our industry partners, the students had the unique opportunity to learn about hotel operations and management with a backstage look at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress Resort. Several employees explained how they began their careers in hospitality and offered advice and guidance to the aspiring teens.  The Orange County Regional History Center followed, providing the students a look at Central Florida's past, present and future while also providing a glimpse of possible careers at tourism related venues such as the museum.

The three-day program concluded with a visit to the UCF Rosen College of Hospitality Management, where the students learned about the importance of education and how they could pursue a degree.


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