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hospitality Accomplishments

Oct 10, 2018
Tony Henthorne (Hospitality) recently published his second book on Cuba, titled Tourism in Cuba: Casinos, Castros, and Challenges. The book presents an in-depth exploration of the history and development of tourism in Cuba, beginning with the earliest days of prohibition in the United States.

Oct 2, 2018
The Hospitality College's new academic building, Hospitality Hall, recently received its silver LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, which evaluated the facility’s sustainability and environmental impacts in nine categories, such as energy efficiency and air quality.

Sep 13, 2018
Amanda Belarmino (Hospitality) and her co-author's paper "How E-WOM Motivations Vary by Hotel Review Website" recently was published in the International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management. The paper investigated the internal motivation of guests writing on review websites and examined the moderating effect of service experience.

Aug 14, 2018
Jungsun (Sunny) Kim and Anthony Gatling (both Hospitality) recently published their paper "The Impact of Using a Virtual Employee Engagement Platform (VEEP) on Employee Engagement and Intention to Stay" in the International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management. The purpose of this study is to investigate whether the perceived ease of use and the usefulness of a virtual employee engagement platform positively influences employees to use the platform.

Aug 14, 2018
Jungsun (Sunny) Kim (Hospitality) and her co-authors' paper "Impact of a Gaming Company's CSR on Residents' Perceived Benefits, Quality of Life, and Support" was recently published in Tourism Management. This study found that the gaming company's corporate social responsibility was composed of four dimensions (economic, legal, ethical, and philanthropic) and positively influenced residents' quality of life and perceived benefits.

Jul 31, 2018
Toni Repetti (Hospitality) and Shekinah Hoffman (Sociology) recently published their paper "Glass Ceilings & Leaky Pipelines: Gender Disparity in the Casino Industry" in the UNLV Gaming Research & Review Journal. The study suggests there is a potential glass ceiling for women in the casino industry, as well as gaps in vertical leadership across individual departments. Hoffman is a doctoral student.

Jul 6, 2018
Billy Bai and Mehmet Erdem (both Hospitality), along with Cece Leung, '12 PhD Hospitality Administration, recently received the 2018 Highly Commended Research Publication - Emerald Literati Award for their co-authored publication. The article, "Hotel Social Media Marketing: A Study on Message Strategy and its Effectiveness," was published in the Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Technology and compared the effectiveness of different social media marketing strategies across hotels.

May 30, 2018
Anthony Lucas (Hospitality) and his co-author's paper "How Changes in the House Advantages of Reel Slots Affect Game Performance" was recently published in the Cornell Hospitality Quarterly. The study aims to empirically examine how changes in pars affect game performance.

May 22, 2018
Bo Bernhard (International Gaming Institute) recently delivered two keynote addresses in Macau, China. The first keynote was for the International Association of Gaming Advisors (IAGA) Summit and focused on the impacts of the integrated resort on society and the economy. The second, for the Asia Lottery Forum, presented a global analysis of problem gambling impacts, implications, and treatments.

May 11, 2018
Bo Bernhard (International Gaming Institute) was recently selected as the recipient of the 2017 Harry Reid Silver State Research Award. The award recognizes faculty members whose work significantly advances the recipient’s academic field, addresses real-world needs and concerns, and contributes to Nevada’s economic growth and development. Bernhard's research focuses on the sociological and psychological impacts of gambling on the individual and the community. Over the years, Bernhard has done extensive research on the impacts of gambling in global communities and is frequently called upon to consult with national and international governments that are interested in bringing the gaming industry to their respective jurisdictions.