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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

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People | October 20, 2021

Fred C. Albrecht Outstanding Alumnus of the Year Guy Fieri, Food Network icon and champion of several major charitable causes, talks about his journey to UNLV and well beyond.

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Research | October 18, 2021

UNLV researchers discover that a common strategy to increase play time on slot machines simply doesn’t add up. 

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Campus News | October 14, 2021

Alumni volunteers encouraged to give back by helping students develop their professional skills.

Campus News | October 7, 2021

A collection of news stories featuring collaboration and reflection at UNLV.

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Business and Community | September 28, 2021

Housekeeping robots and meltable bedsheets are no longer the stuff of sci-fi. Here's how UNLV and industry partners are helping to steady a shaken hospitality industry through innovative product development.

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People | September 22, 2021

Hospitality Alumna of the Year came to Las Vegas on a family vacation and never wanted to leave.

Hospitality In The News

USA Today
October 21, 2021

Linda Reid was excited to get back to exploring the country this spring as COVID-19 cases dropped, but the Oregon resident was surprised to discover one major change as she returned to travel: less housekeeping.

October 19, 2021

Game managers make it a business to keep slot players happy, as slot machines generate most of the profits in most casinos around the world. So how do you prevent losing customers from leaving?

October 19, 2021

With slot machines producing the bulk of profits in most of the world's casinos, gaming managers make it their business to keep slot players happy. So how do they prevent customers who are losing from walking away?

October 19, 2021

UNLV researchers discover that a common strategy to increase play time on slot machines simply doesn’t add up.

Las Vegas Review Journal
October 15, 2021

Station Casinos wants a federal appeals court to overturn an order forcing the company to bargain in good faith with Nevada’s most prominent union, regardless of whether the court finds the gaming giant broke federal labor laws.

Gambling News
October 7, 2021

County officials gave the green light to Station Casinos on Wednesday to go forth with its southwest valley plan of building a resort.

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Recent Hospitality Accomplishments

October 22, 2021
Tiange Xu (Hospitality) received a $3,000 research stipend award from UNLV's International Gaming Institute and the Nevada Council on Problem Gambling for his research study examining problem gambling and mental health disorders in Nevadan university students. His mentors for the project are Brett Abarbanel (International Gaming Institute) and...
October 20, 2021
Nasim Binesh (Hospitality), a doctoral student, recently presented a research paper at the Food Trex Travel Research Summit international conference. Binesh worked with assistant professor Amanda Belarmino to develop the paper, which examines the role historical knowledge of a restaurant plays on a customer's willingness to pay for desserts.
October 8, 2021
Brett Abarbanel (Hospitality, International Gaming Institute) was interviewed by CNBC's Melissa Lee in the documentary Generation Gamble, which investigated the intersection of online betting, trading and gaming, and the growth of these markeets during the pandemic. Abarbanel discussed the role of risk-taking in our everyday lives and how we think...
October 6, 2021
Huiying Zhang (Hospitality), together with alumni Xi Yu Leung and Jie Sun co-authored "How the hotel industry attracts Generation Z employees: An application of social capital theory" published in Journal of Hospitality and Tourism. Based on social capital theory, this study investigates how the hotel industry attracts the Gen Z workforce through...
September 30, 2021
Hyelin Kim, Esra Topcuoglu and Sungeon (Jake) Kim (Hospitality) published "Green message strategies and green brand image in a hotel context" in The Journal of Hospitality Marketing & Management. Topcuoglu and Kim are doctoral students. This research investigates the effects of different green (environmental) message types on hotel customers’...
September 22, 2021
Kasra Ghaharian (Hospitality and International Gaming Institute) recently presented alongside other experts at the The European Lotteries and World Lottery Association Responsible Worldwide Webinar Week to address the implications of payments modernization for responsible gambling and the potential role of data science in addressing gambling-...