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William F. Harrah College of Hospitality News

The William F. Harrah College of Hospitality provides students with one of the world’s best programs in the preparation of students for the global hospitality and leisure services profession.

Current Hospitality News

People | January 10, 2020

From busboy to COO of one of the world's largest resort brands, Bill Hornbuckle has never forgotten those who helped him get to the top. Now, he’s determined to help others get there too.

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Business and Community | December 30, 2019

A collection of news stories from 2019 highlighting UNLV's impact in Southern Nevada and beyond.

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Research | December 26, 2019

A collection of stories featuring interesting discoveries driven by UNLV that have made news in 2019.

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Research | December 4, 2019

Graduate student Wenrong Wang harnesses his gaming knowledge to lead an interdisciplinary study on the use of facial recognition.

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Arts and Culture | November 26, 2019

From table manners to table settings, UNLV etiquette expert Murray Mackenzie has the scoop.

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Campus News | November 7, 2019

MGM College Opportunity Program at UNLV offers a flexible and affordable way for the company's employees to complete their degrees.

Hospitality In The News

Eater - Las Vegas
January 23, 2020

The Women’s Hospitality Initiative, the new Las Vegas-based organization that plans to help women develop into leaders in the restaurant and food-service business, now features more than 50 female chefs, mixologists, sommeliers, and restaurateurs for the February 18 culinary event at the Harrah College of Hospitality at UNLV’s Hospitality Hall.

Las Vegas Review Journal
January 2, 2020

When Las Vegas first unveiled its “What Happens Here, Stays Here” slogan in 2003, it was much easier for tourists to keep their trip under wraps.

Las Vegas Review Journal
December 20, 2019

It’s getting much more difficult to make sure what happens in Las Vegas stays in Las Vegas.

November 14, 2019

People around the Coachella Valley depend on tourism to drive our local economy. Experts say approximately half of our jobs are in some way connected to tourism or hospitality. Protecting them is vitally important.

Las Vegas Newswire
November 14, 2019

A sage knows that age isn’t just a state of mind. It’s a state of play.

CDC Gaming Reports
November 13, 2019

Artificial intelligence has weighed in on the ongoing debate over whether regular slot players can tell the difference in house edge from one game to another.

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Recent Hospitality Accomplishments

January 8, 2020
Kendall Murphy (Hospitality) of the UNLV PGA golf management program recently was named Golf Professional of the Year by the Southern Nevada Chapter of the PGA. This marks the second consecutive year Murphy has received this honor.
January 7, 2020
Jennifer Jaimes, Mehmet Erdem, ChihChien Chen (all Hospitality), and William Doyle (Honors) recently published their paper "An Assessment of Generation Z’s Preferences for Guest-Facing Hotel Technologies" in the Journal of Hospitality. The exploratory study found that guest-facing technologies are an important consideration for Generation Z...
January 2, 2020
Jennifer Jaimes (Hospitality) received two separate Best Paper Awards from the Fall Undergraduate Research Symposium and UNLV’s Honors College for her thesis paper on “Influence of Guest Room Technologies on Generation Z’s Booking Decision.”
December 16, 2019
Hyelin Kim (Hospitality) and her co-authors' paper, "Bottom-up Theory of Life Satisfaction by Running Event Participants,"  was published in E-review of Tourism Research. The study examined the quality of life of long- and short-distance runners.
December 11, 2019
James Busser (Hospitality) and Lenna Shulga (Hospitality Administration), recently published their paper "Role of commercial friendship, initiation and co-creation types" in the Journal of Service Theory and Practice. The study found that customers perceive value co-creation processes differently. Busser also was recently named to the Editorial...
December 11, 2019
Hyelin Kim and Yen-soon Kim (both Hospitality) and their co-authors' study "Tourism Experiences During a Convention: A Case Study from South Korea" was published in Tourism Analysis. The research aims to understand the potential impact perceived preference for external tourism experiences has on a convention attendee's behavioral intentions.