You may want to quit your job after reading this list.
When you think of a job in the hotel industry, a bellboy or concierge typically comes to mind. But, as properties seek to one-up each other in terms of offerings new career paths are being forged in the hospitality industry. In fact, travel employment increased for the tenth month in a row in April, adding 4,000 jobs overall according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This is making way for people to take their particular interests or hobbies and turn them into full-fledged livelihoods.
There's literally something for everyone. Are you an avid bird watcher on weekends? The Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino has an onsite bird whisperer. If you’re the friend that always plans the parties, then perhaps you could be a bachelorette concierge like the one at Thompson Playa del Carmen.
From magical wizards to a graffiti concierge, here are the top 10 most alluring jobs in the hospitality industry.
Master of Magi
At Great Wolf Lodge, there's literally someone on staff to save the world...sort of. At each of the 13 resorts, “Masters of Magi” are on hand to set each child up with wands, wizard hats, capes, and sagely wisdom before they embark on the dragon-battling, live-action role playing game MagiQuest enjoyed throughout the entirety of each property.
Home to 11 exotic birds, the Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino the property boasts a resident Bird Whisperer to to take care of the feathered friends. With 27 years of experience, the avian expert offers guests the chance to meet the birds during a daily interaction session like educational talks and photo opportunities.
The Graffiti Concierge at Hotel Indigo Lower East Side is an expert when it comes to directing guests to the neighborhood’s most iconic street art locales. This allows travelers to explore like locals to spot the ever-changing walls that serve as a canvas to local and international artists alike.
Serving as an ambassador for all things music and culture, Aria Hotel Budapest's Kornel Magyar oversees all musical programming and guest experiences at the hotel. The Musical Ambassador uses his relationships throughout the city to coordinate partnerships with local music venues, put on musical events, and to curate one of a kind playlists for different parts of the hotel.
Desert Running Concierge
To supplement the property’s New Balance gear lending program, The Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa’s Running Concierge leads morning runs in Tucson’s Santa Catalina Mountains and gives advice on the most desirable afternoon routes through the stunning desert.
The Kitano New York has employed a jazz aficionado, or “Jazz Cat,” for JAZZ at KITANO, the hotel’s jazz supper club program. Featuring daily performances of classic and contemporary jazz, the Jazz Cat is responsible for coordinating jazz programs with both legendary and contemporary artists.
The newly debuted Thompson Playa del Carmen, located in the heart of downtown Playa del Carmen, Mexico, is now offering a Bachelorette Concierge to help bachelorettes plan the perfect getaway. From table reservations at CATCH Playa, the hotel’s rooftop restaurant overlooking the Caribbean Sea, to private poolside cabanas, the Bachelorette Concierge will ensure a bachelorette party to remember.
With the debut of The Mall of San Juan, Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel & Casino created a Retail Therapist who provides local shopping insights such as customizable itineraries, shopping maps and curated lists of artisanal markets and insider shopping tips.
Director of Aloha
At The Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club, the Director of Aloha organizes activities like poolside yoga, film screenings, pool parties on the property and farm tours, walking tours of mid-century architecture off site for guests.
Set on a 30-acre coffee plantation, Costa Rica Marriott San Jose features an onsite Coffee Curator who hosts latte design classes – from monkeys to flowers – and provides insight on coffee harvesting.