Mehmet Erdem

Professor of Hospitality
Expertise: Hotel Operations / Integrated Resorts, Innovation, Lodging and Restaurant Technologies


Mehmet Erdem is a professor of hotel operations and technology at UNLV who specializes in the use and impact of technology in hospitality operations as well as the assessment of training and decision support systems. Teaching courses at UNLV since 2006, Erdem has over 25 years of hospitality operations, consulting, and teaching experience.

He also has expertise in hotel revenue management, social informatics, and organizational behavior. Erdem has published his work in research journals such as International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management, Journal of Hospitality & Tourism Research, International Journal of Hospitality Management, Journal of Travel Research, Journal of Hospitality Marketing and Management, and Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Technology.


  • Ph.D., Hotel Administration, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • M.S., Hospitality & Tourism Management/Instructional Technology, Purdue University
  • B.S., Hospitality & Tourism Management/Instructional Technology, Purdue University

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The Peninsula Qatar
Aura, a humanoid robot that works inside the Sphere, wants visitors to the immersive entertainment venue to know her kind comes in peace. "While humans are indeed our superior when it comes to emotional intelligence, having an AI assist in data analysis can absolutely increase the productivity of humans,” she recently said in response to a visitor’s question. "Isn’t that fascinating new friend?”
Washington Post
Aura, a humanoid robot that works inside the Sphere, wants visitors to the immersive entertainment venue to know her kind comes in peace.
Hospitality Technology
This year, hoteliers would do well to focus on tech integrations that will enhance the guest experience, cybersecurity measures to protect their guest’s data, and using automation to optimize operations and generate revenue.
CDC Gaming Reports
Recently, the Las Vegas Review-Journal published a story by McKenna Ross with the headline: “How can some Vegas hotel rooms be so cheap?” The article cited room rates on the Las Vegas Strip ranging from $20 to $30 midweek in January and February. It listed Caesars, Excalibur, Flamingo, and the Rio as advertising very low rates.

Articles Featuring Mehmet Erdem

Spring Flowers (Becca Schwartz)
Campus News | April 1, 2024

A roundup of the top news stories featuring UNLV students and faculty.

exterior image of Hospitality Hall at dusk
Research | February 7, 2024

Hospitality executives acknowledge the benefits of artificial intelligence, for guests and the bottom line. But many are hesitant to adopt the technology in full — at least for now.

a UNLV football helmet placed on the turf with an Allegiant Stadium sign and empty bleachers visible in the background
Campus News | January 31, 2024

As the nation's most-watched sports entertainment event rolls into town, UNLV researchers are available to provide expertise.

The Las Vegas skyline (Josh Hawkins, UNLV).
Campus News | December 4, 2023

A collection of news stories highlighting UNLV’s dedication to community and research.