The Small Meetings and Events Sales Manager is primarily responsible for assisting the Director of Sales and Business Development with the sales operations of the St. John the Baptist Community Center (St. John Center), booking and servicing small groups throughout Louisiana’s River Parishes, and developing relationships with meeting, sports, events, and reunion planners. The Small Meetings Manager reports to the Director of Sales and Business Development.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
These duties and responsibilities are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the individual assigned to this position. They are not intended to be a complete list of all duties, responsibilities, and/or skills required. Other tasks may be assigned as needed.
Review with the Director of Sales and Business Development all inquirers, solicitations, and potential customers that are interested in renting the St. John Center and meeting facilities in Louisiana’s River Parishes.
Conduct site tours for prospective meeting planners, event planners, and other potential clients.
Prepare contracts for booked events at the St. John Center.
Maintain facility related webpages on websites.
Provide booked groups with complimentary services, such as name badges, bags, brochures, and pens.
Build strong relationships with local vendors and distributors.
Coordinate set-up and tear-down services for special events implemented by the River Parishes Tourist Commission.
Maintain a shared calendar of the St John Center with the Director of Sales and Business Development and the Coordinator in the St. John the Baptist Parish Economic Development Department.
Exhibit at tradeshows to promote the destination to meeting planners.
Establish contact with meeting, sports, events, and reunion planners who are scheduled to bring groups into the region and provide services.
Maintain a well-informed working knowledge of all hotels, attractions, and services, both public and private that are available in the region.
Enter and maintain partner and client information in the Commission’s CRM database.
Gather a list of establishments in the River Parishes that offer and provide meeting space and promote and sell those venues to meeting planners.
Enter information about booked groups in the Destination International Meetings Information Network (MINT) database.
Attend the Commission’s interoffice, planning, and sales meetings.
Education and Experience
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
Minimum five years’ experience in Hospitality, Tourism Sales, and Sales Management in a tourism-related entity or field.
Certified Special Events Professional (CSEP) and/or Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) preferred.
Experience with Microsoft Office and basic knowledge of standard office equipment.
Must be willing to work before and after regular business hours including some nights and weekends.
Must be free to travel.
Must be able to lift up to 25 pounds and transport equipment and materials for use un work tasks.
Must have a valid driver license and appropriate automobile insurance.
Must be well groomed and maintain a professional appearance.
About River Parishes Tourist Commission
The River Parishes Tourist Commission is the official destination marketing organization for Louisiana’s River Parishes and is the driving force behind tourism to the area. A political subdivision of the State of Louisiana organization representing St. Charles, St. John the Baptist and St. James Parishes, the commission offers assistance to visitors, advocacy to its stakeholders, and helps stimulate the region’s economic growth by promoting Louisiana’s River Parishes as a premier travel destination.
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