It’s shaping up to be a cracking spring and summer this year as the events industry looks to bounce back from the COVID lows and woes of recent years.
With a few days of winter still to go, long-lead function bookings for November and December are forecast to be up 47 per cent and 86 per cent on last year.
Chief marketing officer of Australian Venue Co (AVC) Kylie Moncur said the functions pipeline reflected a strong industry bounce-back and a decisive return to in-person events and celebrations.
“We’re seeing long-lead event planning, a return to large corporate functions and exclusive, whole-of-venue private events," Moncur said.
“It’s going to be a record December for the hospitality industry.”
Cash incentives for new employees
The hospitality industry has traditionally relied on students, young people and a steady stream of international visitors to staff Australia’s pubs, clubs and events, but with the rise of working from home and a tourism industry that’s still struggling, venue owners say it’s getting harder and harder to fill the jobs needed to keep the taps flowing and the party moving.
In an effort to speed up the hiring process and attract the best people, AVC is offering a $1,000 food and beverage hiring incentive for new recruits and offering existing team members a $1,000 referral bonus for every successful employee referral.
AVC’s Chief People Officer, Rachel Checinski says that hospitality offers skills for life that are in high demand from employers across all industries and hopes their hiring incentives will attract team members from all walks of life and of all levels of experience.
“Hospitality helps you build skills that will take you everywhere.
“Even if you’re not planning a long term career in hospo, the people, time management, problem solving, team and leadership skills are skills for life.”
“We have advanced development programs for hospitality professionals, as well as entry level training for those with no prior experience.”