Who are they and what do they do? The task of a host/hostess is to contribute as much as possible to the successful progress of cultural, educational, business and other social events, (e.g. meetings, seminars, conferences, congresses, conventions, exhibitions, presentations, marketing or political negotiations etc.).
What are the activities of the job? The primary activities in this profession are - preparing the attendance list - secure and provide basic services for the participants (e.g. distribution of dinner vouchers, serving coffee or simple refreshments, delivering telephone or other messages, distribution of lecture notes, catalogues, handouts or other material) - providing information regarding the programme, about lodgings and accommodation, catering, transport, social events and other services which are prepared for participants - writing and dispatching the relevant letters, receipt and distribution of incoming mail - keeping adequate records - writing records, minutes, protocols, syllabuses and similar material, editing these materials - possibly translating or interpreting in foreign languages.
Where is it done and under what conditions? This profession is carried out mainly in meeting rooms, lecture theatres, in reception halls and rooms, in improvised kitchens etc.
What tools/equipment do they use? The most frequently used tools are various office equipment including computers, utensils for the preparation of refreshments (coffee makers, dishes and kitchenware).
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