2017 Hotel Live Experience wrap-up

550 students and young professionals  were given the opportunity to meet with CEOs, tour hotels, undertake masterclasses and gain industry insights, as part of 80 immersive experiences arranged by 26 leading NSW hotels to expose the exciting career opportunities available for 2017 Hotel Live Experience.

Applications received for the highly sought after hotel experiences were nine times the opportunities provided, demonstrating that the Hotel Career Expo initiative – only in its second year – has been successful in connecting young people with professional careers available in hotels.

Check out some of the photos below and read the testimonials from the lucky participants and very excited hotels!


I would like to thank you for the backstage tour yesterday. It was an extremely enjoyable and informative experience!
To be able to get an insight on the friendly and welcoming culture of Four Seasons as well as how every division operates really made the Hotel Live Experience a unique and unforgettable one.



Thank you for the wonderful experience yesterday. I particularly enjoyed the interviews with the directors and the behind the scene tour of the hotel. The mock general manager activity was great for a practical experience and gave me a real insight into the role. Lunch at Glass was a treat.



Thanks for the great opportunity and experience! The experience and journey of each person in the management team was really inspiring and something that would definitely keep me focused on pursuing my own goals.



Thank you so much for taking me on the experience of a lifetime ! I thoroughly enjoyed the few hours we had as they were memorably and enjoyable. Whilst it was fun, the experience taught me a lot about what goes on behind the scenes to provide quality service to customers and how staff go above and beyond to create the perfect guest experience. The food was also amazingly good!



Here’s what they had to say!


Feedback has been positive. Our leaders have really enjoyed the opportunity to engage and connect with those potentially considering a career in hospitality and generally the opportunities we have provided have been well received.


Human Resource Manager, InterContinental Sydney

Yesterday we held our Hotel Live Experience and I am delighted to say that the feedback was great (some of the highlights they mentioned being the hotel tour, Director chats, lunch in glass, and the Mock Day in the Life activity). All of the students expressed interest in getting future jobs within Hilton.


Human Resources Coordinator, Hilton Sydney

Out of the different Hotel Live Experiences this is the best by far. Not knowing what you want to do but being able to talk to everyone from a different department really helped. The format was excellent. This kind of thing didn’t happen at others. These kind of experiences encourages students to the industry. I had such a great time that I wish it did go longer.


University Student

It was a really nice experience Four Seasons provided today.  We had a very good look into the front of house experience and I believe all of us were amazed by the fantastic discussions and stories with all the managers.  I am looking forward to applying for jobs next year when I finish my degree. Thank you and your team again for providing this lovely experience.



Thank you again for organising the Hotel Live Experience with such great and enthusiastic students. Caitlin and Maggie were fantastic. They strongly appreciated the opportunity to work with our teams and Chef, and felt as part of the team!


Talent & Culture Executive, Sofitel Sydney Wentworth

I loved the afternoon segment where we actually got to use our problem-solving skills. It was my personal highlight of the day. Receiving feedback from staff and getting to talk to them was an experience not open to many others, and therefore very valuable.  It also was the segment that most gave an insight into being a general manager.



there were over 2,000 registrations received for the 2017 Hotel Live Experience, with many young people now discussing roles and internships in the hotels they visited!