Hospitality & Tourism


The WACTC Hospitality/Tourism & Event Planning prepares learners for postsecondary credentials and careers in the management and operations of lodging, food services, attractions, recreation and event planning, and other travel-related services. This career cluster includes two programs of study: Culinary Arts and Hospitality and Tourism Management. 

Qualified graduates will receive college credits


Student & Parent, why does the Career Tree matter to you?

1) The first set of branches is the Entry-Level Careers that students unlock by completing the Hospitality/Tourism & Event program at WACTC. 

2) Students can unlock the next level, the Technical Careers, by pursuing additional education such as an associate’s degree, advanced certification, apprenticeship, or other specialized training.

3) They push their education even further with a bachelor’s, master’s, Ph.D., or specialized training, they can unlock the Professional Careers.

What Meeting, Convention, and Event Planners Do

Meeting, convention, and event planners coordinate all aspects of events and professional meetings.

Work Environment

Meeting, convention, and event planners spend time in their offices and onsite at hotels or convention centers. They often travel to attend events and visit prospective meeting sites. During meetings or conventions, planners may work many more hours than usual.

How to Become a Meeting, Convention, or Event Planner

Most meeting, convention, and event planning positions require a bachelor’s degree. Some hospitality industry experience related to event planning is considered valuable for many positions.


The median annual wage for meeting, convention, and event planners was $49,370 in May 2018.