Visitors get information at an earlier career fair hosted by Visit Santa Barbara.

Visitors get information at an earlier career fair hosted by Visit Santa Barbara. (Noelle Buben/Visit Santa Barbara)

Visit Santa Barbara (VSB), destination marketing organization for the Santa Barbara South Coast region, will hold its third Hospitality Career Fair, 4-6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26 at The Leta Santa Barbara Goleta, Tapestry Collection by Hilton, 5650 Calle Real, Goleta.

Job seekers interested in positions with Santa Barbara South Coast lodging properties, restaurants and local attractions are encouraged to attend. The event is free to attend and registration is not required.
The event will feature a dozen local businesses looking to hire staff for a variety of roles, from entry-level reservationists or housekeepers to program directors in upper management. Participating employers include:

Courtyard by Marriott Santa Barbara Goleta; El Capitan Canyon; El Encanto, A Belmond Hotel; Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort; Hotel Californian; Hotel Santa Barbara; PRA Santa Barbara (an event management company); Ramada by Wyndham Santa Barbara; Residence Inn by Marriott Santa Barbara Goleta; Santa Barbara Inn; Santa Barbara Zoo; and Westmont College.

There will be Spanish- and English-speaking staff present to help facilitate interviews and discussion. For more information, visit
“We are thrilled to host our third career fair this year,” said Kathy Janega-Dykes, president/CEO of VSB. “Our previous career fairs have successfully connected job seekers to their future employers. Since the pandemic, many local businesses have been experiencing staffing shortages, and we are committed to supporting workforce development for the hospitality industry. 
“There are exciting opportunities at this month’s event as well. From group sales coordinators and event directors to hosts, gardeners, cooks, and even zookeepers, there are unique roles available on the South Coast.”
This event is the third in a series of hospitality career fairs organized by Visit Santa Barbara, with rotating venues and vendors. More job fairs will be offered throughout 2023.

Visit Santa Barbara is a 501(c)(6) nonprofit jointly funded by the city of Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara County, the South Coast Tourism Business Improvement District, and by a membership of hospitality-related busi­nesses. VSB’s mission is to inspire overnight travel to the South Coast to enhance the community’s economy.

Annual spending by travelers to the South Coast totals more than $1.9 billion, supporting some13,000 jobs, and generating about $56 million in yearly tax revenues, according to Destination Analysts, a tourism market research firm.