8th Annual Lodging Management Program National Competition Draws Top Hospitality Students to Orlando

High school hospitality students from around the world will gather in Orlando April 7-9 to compete for the national title in the eighth annual American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute National Lodging Management Program (LMP) Competition. The three-day event at the Rosen Shingle Creek challenges students with events based on real-world job scenarios. The competition is organized by AHLEI, via funding provided by the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Foundation (AH&LEF).

Teams of students will display their proficiency while competing in three contests:
Hotel Operations: Students apply their knowledge in a three-part challenge: room inspections, in which students have 10 minutes to find 10 housekeeping cleaning errors in a typical guestroom using an executive housekeeping checklist; night audit, in which teams perform financial calculations and manually post front desk accounting information; and case studies in food and beverage and sales and marketing, in which students have 15 minutes to prepare solutions to case study scenarios.
The Hospitality Project: Teams demonstrate their knowledge, skills, and abilities in event planning. They are given a scenario that includes budget parameters, invitation design, banquet event order, menu, and floor plan.
The Knowledge Bowl: Teams demonstrate their knowledge through a multi-round, question-and-answer Jeopardy-style quiz.
Twelve teams, representing schools from Arkansas, the Bahamas, Florida, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Washington, D.C., and Wyoming will compete for thousands of dollars in college scholarships provided by leading hospitality management schools, including Johnson & Wales, Paul Smith’s College, Niagara University, San Diego State University, and University of Maryland Eastern Shore.   While students are competing, their instructors and state hospitality association education directors will have the opportunity to participate in roundtable discussions at which AHLEI will introduce new educational resources for high schools.
LMP is a national educational program for high school juniors and seniors. Topics covered in the program include lodging management, front office and housekeeping management, leadership skills, marketing and sales, and food and beverage service.  Through internships arranged as part of their LMP class, students can explore the variety of job opportunities open to them in the hotel industry.
Event sponsors include AH&LEF, HCareers, and Heartland Payment Systems.
For more information about the Lodging Management Program and the competition, contact Lee Ann Lonsdale, manager, high school programs, at (407) 999-8115 or llonsdale@ahla.com