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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

Campus News | July 9, 2021

A collection of news stories highlighting remembrance and improvement at UNLV.

Campus News | June 8, 2021

A collection of news stories highlighting celebration, health, and progress at UNLV.

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People | May 19, 2021

Meet the alumni who have redefined what it means to be a hospitality professional.

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Business and Community | May 18, 2021

Technology and an innovative workforce are helping the hospitality industry move forward as guests begin to resume travel.

People | May 18, 2021

How pandemic-weary Hospitality College faculty, students, and alumni turned uncertainty into an opportunity to innovate toward recovery

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Campus News | May 11, 2021

A collection of news stories highlighting remembrance, recovery, and progress at UNLV.

Hospitality In The News

Pahrump Valley Times
July 23, 2021

The engines that drive Las Vegas were humming once again this spring as casinos raked in record levels of gaming win, but another surge in COVID-19 infections amid stalled vaccination rates threatens to upend the city’s momentum.

USA Today
July 22, 2021

Elected officials in tourism-dependent Las Vegas worried Tuesday about public health and the economic effects of a spike COVID-19 cases — particularly the highly contagious delta variant.

US Bets
July 22, 2021

The start of summer has brought new uncertainties for the tourist mecca, however, with COVID cases resurging at among the highest levels in the country and new local government recommendations and mandates issued relating to masking.

Travel Industry Today
July 22, 2021

With the eyes of the tourism world watching, Las Vegas, which launched its post-pandemic era with great fanfare earlier this summer, will once again require workers to mask up while indoors, though regulations, for now, spare visitors.

July 22, 2021

People have been raising Cain on the Strip for decades. Soon, they’ll be able to do it with a Raising Cane’s, set to open by the end of the year in a location near T-Mobile Arena.

The Middletown Press
July 21, 2021

Elected officials in tourism-dependent Las Vegas worried Tuesday about public health and the economic effects of a spike COVID-19 cases — particularly the highly contagious delta variant.

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Recent Hospitality Accomplishments

July 27, 2021
Mehmet Erdem (Hospitality) and alumnus Sungsik Yoon published a study in the Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Technology that provides proof that offering virtual reality features in the hotel search process improves the likelihood of booking. 
July 13, 2021
Billy Bai and Huiying Zhang (both Hospitality), together with Xi Yu Leung, ’12 PhD in Hospitality Administration, and Yunpeng Li, are authors of "Uncovering Crowdsourcing in Tourism Apps: A Grounded Theory Approach" published in Tourism Management. Applying the grounded theory, researchers propose a framework that identifies the drive of...
July 7, 2021
Christopher Cain and James Busser (both Hospitality), together with Lisa Cain, ’15 Ph.D. in Hospitality Administration, are authors of “An exploratory assessment of callings: The importance of specialization” published in the International Hospitality Review. The study sought to understand how having a calling influenced engagement, work-life...
June 30, 2021
Dana Cotham and Holli Wardlow (both Hospitality) recently received $3,500 in grants from the office of undergraduate research's 2021 Undergraduate Research Stimulus Program. The duo received funding in support of their research project, “ Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity-based Workplace Policies and Practices Benefit a Hospitality Employer's...
June 29, 2021
Murray Mackenzie (Hospitality) contributed two chapters to the recently published book Practical Learning in Hospitality Education. The book contains up-to-date information on the hospitality industry and is particularly useful for instructors teaching hospitality-related subjects. Mackenzie's chapters are "Food and Beverage Training Facilities...
June 29, 2021
Hyelin Kim, Sung-Eun Kim, and Samuel Lee (all Hospitality) recently co-authored an article that appeared in the Journal of Travel & Tourism Marketing. The article explores the gratification factors of event-focused social media content that affect information sharing and information trust and ultimately the intention to attend an event. Sung-...