Hey guys, it's me again trying to contribute something useful. Today's topic is meeting site selection which falls under the realm of event planning but more specialized. This career revolves around being a buffer between a company seeking a place to hold a large meeting or a conference and a resort or hotel. What the Job is- If you like to travel and stay in luxury resorts free of charge throughout the year, then this career is one you may want to look into. Your job is to find a property that fits the clients logistical needs as well as budget. You have to understand negotiations, seasonality in the hotel/resort industry as well as be aware of the surrounding community around the property. PRO's- The job is really stress free if you are making an income OR if you can afford to be without income until you generate some. You get to travel and stay at luxury resorts free and the also pay for meals and usually give you all kinds of perks, you are given the red carpet treatment. The pay can be lucrative. The Hotel/Resort gives you a 10% share of the revenue generated by the sale of rooms. There is not alot of comp online.. >10 allinurl results for meeting site selection and under 1000 allintitle results for meeting site selection CON's- There is not alot of searches for meeting site selection >100 per month You dont get paid unless the client books with the property you picked for them. You May be competing with other people without your knowledge. What Else is there to know- You have to be familiar with contracts as well as RFP's (request for proposal) You have to have the trust of the client using your services and truly be looking out for their best interest You may have to get a license as a travel agent. Many hotels will not negotiate with you if you do not at least possess a travel agents license. This is easily solved however by enrolling for one of those online travel agency companies or simply visiting your local agency and having them bring you on as a contractor so you can use their license in return for a cut of the profit. MISC- If you are smart and proactive you can find other keywords that fit this category, conference site selection, hotel site selection, event site selection, site selection, event planning etc... Also if you are good at using footprints you can search terms like "annual conference", "keynote speaker", "sales rally" to find companies that do annual events like this. Most companies that have a large sales force scattered around the country do at least one conference annually. Pharmaceutical companies, financial institutions, manufacturers reps etc... I know the season has just passed but some large companies with multiple offices do an annual xmas party, these are also good targets. In Closing- I have seen contracts that have paid the site selection company upwards of $20,000 at a time, 3 or 4 jobs like this a year and you have carved out a little niche. Also remember these are ANNUAL events, you do a good job the 1st time you likely have a client for life. Why would a company use you? Well they can discreetly start reviewing properties without having to be hassled by the sales team of the resort. Once you select your top few options then you go to the client who then goes to the resort himself prior to making a final decision. Also this saves time in the office, the company in question does not want to have to send staff out 8 or 9 times (paid) to site these properties, they want their people working and making $$$. Why would a resort deal with you? Easy, MONEY. You have the client, they dont. In addition they have no idea how many other clients you may have. It is in their best interest to give you a good deal and to treat you well so they get future business from you. Hope this helps someone!!