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William F. Harrah College of Hospitality News

The William F. Harrah College of Hospitality is one of the highest ranked hospitality management programs in the world, blending classroom and real-world experience to give students a real pathway to a successful career.

Current Hospitality News

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People | September 23, 2022

Chris Smith fell in love with the bright lights of Las Vegas as a child, and since then, has carved a path in the hospitality industry through high-level human resources positions.

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People | August 29, 2022

Inspired by UNLV's diverse student body, two-time alumnus drawn back to mentor the next generation of Rebels.

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Campus News | July 11, 2022

A collection of news stories highlighting UNLV experts who made headlines locally, nationally, and around the world.

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Business and Community | July 11, 2022

Leaders from the nation’s Tribal Colleges and Universities convene at UNLV for American Indian Higher Education Consortium annual summer meeting. 

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UNLV History | May 19, 2022

The newly named Jerry and Flossie Vallen Executive Suite at Hospitality Hall tells the story of the tenacious spirits who helped build UNLV.

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Campus News | May 19, 2022

Hospitality grads Dave and Wyndee Forrest and Cameron Fisher are building CraftHaus into a staple of the Southern Nevada craft brewing scene.

Hospitality In The News
September 30, 2022

In the game of blackjack, it’s a common myth that the player on third base — the last player to act before the dealer — holds more cards than they actually do. According to this myth, if this player makes a bad move, it will always negatively impact the other player’s outcomes, “killing” the game.

Las Vegas Review-Journal En Español
September 2, 2022

Harry Reid International Airport received a record number of passengers for the second consecutive month, the Clark County Aviation Department reported Wednesday.

Las Vegas Review Journal
August 31, 2022

Harry Reid International Airport welcomed a record number of passengers for the second straight month, the Clark County Department of Aviation reported Wednesday.

Las Vegas Weekly
August 25, 2022

Since June, Nevada has had long-awaited good news regarding jobs and pandemic recovery in the state.

August 25, 2022

Nevada’s economy is built upon the 24-hour party, the “What Happens Here, Stays Here” mantra.

August 25, 2022

Nevada’s economy is built upon the 24-hour party, the “What Happens Here, Stays Here” mantra.

Hospitality Experts

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An expert in leadership development, performance-based coaching, ethical leadership, and workplace spirituality

Recent Hospitality Accomplishments

September 29, 2022
Christopher Cain (Hospitality) has authored a book titled, Golf's Rebirth: Rapidly Evolving Applications in Hospitality and Sport Management. The book provides a holistic view of the science and art of managing the golf enterprise — identifying the soft skills, such as leadership, customer service, marketing, etc, necessary to succeed. The book…
September 9, 2022
Shane Kraus, Kaelyn Griffin, Todd Jennings, and Repairer Etuk (Psychology) and Brett Abarbanel (IGI) and Patrick [Tiange] Xu (Hospitality) recently published four publications.  The first article, "Sports betting around the world: A systematic review," was published in the Journal of Behavioral Addictions supported by a pre-doctoral network grant…
August 22, 2022
Sunny Kim and Mehmet Erdem (both Hospitality) along with doctoral program alumnus, SungJun Joe, published a research article titled "The bright and dark sides of hotel kiosks: an empirical study" in the Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Insights. The study introduces a check-in/out kiosk acceptance model using a multi-theoretical approach and…
July 26, 2022
Stowe Shoemaker and Amanda Belarmino (both Hospitality), along with Nasim Binseh, '22 PhD Hospitality, won third place in the annual Johnson and Wales Case Study Competition for their study, "Revenue Management and the Runnin’ Rebels: A Case Study of Willingness to Pay for College Sports." Belarmino will be presenting the study at the annual…
July 15, 2022
Samuel Lee (Hospitality) was recognized with the Best Presentation award for his virtual presentation of the research study "Utilizing the Free Association Method and Netnography to Expose Hotel Guests' Technostress" along with his co-authors, Mehmet Erdem, Billy Bai, Chih-Chien Chen (all Hospitality), Eda Anlamlier (Lee Business) and Lee Ann…
July 15, 2022
Joe Lema (Hospitality) and his co-authors recently were awarded Journal Article of the Year 2021 in the top journal, Asia Pacific Journal of Tourism Research. The article was  "Classification of Senior Tourists According to Personality Traits." Board members of the Asia Pacific Tourism Association presented the award at their 2022 conference held…