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William F. Harrah College of Hospitality News

The William F. Harrah College of Hospitality is among the highest ranked hospitality management programs in the world. By blending classroom and real-world experience, our students receive a well-rounded and affordable pathway towards a successful career.

Current Hospitality News

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Despite a guidance counselor's naysaying, the former UNLV president has racked up a lifetime of achievements too long to list.

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The hospitality researcher uncovers human interaction in the context of tourist attractions.

Class of 2024 business and hospitality graduate Madelyn Schmit
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Core memories unlocked: Through UNLV traditions, Madelyn Schmit found her career in planning memorable events.

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President Keith E. Whitfield honors six graduates who have shown exemplary commitment to both the community and their studies.

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2024 UNLV Student Service Award winner Makayla Franklin inspires Black pride and representation on campus through Afrikan Black Coalition Conference.

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The award administered by UNLV's Office of Government and Community Engagement recognize individuals who are advancing UNLV's Top Tier goals to serve our region.

Hospitality In The News

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Eastside Cannery will continue its closure to the public, though gaming officials maintain operations in hopes of an eventual reopening for the casino and hotel. Eastside Cannery closed March 17, 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic, when casinos were ordered to close temporarily across the state. It never reopened.

Deseret News

The Mirage Hotel and Casino ignited a ‘90s Las Vegas resurgence and ushered in Sin City’s megaresort era when it opened in 1989 as the world’s most expensive hotel construction project at the time with a $650 million budget.


Red Lobster is in hot water. The chain has filed for bankruptcy after a series of missteps by a parade of executives — including an ill-fated promotion for all-you-can-eat-shrimp.


Nevada and Las Vegas have made gaming their main economic activity and a tourist attraction that has seen evolutions, but not declines. All this, certainly, did not happen and does not continue by chance, but also thanks to adequate training of managers. He is convinced of it, as we read in the special training published on May issue of Gioco News magazine, Anthony F. Lucas, professor of Casino management at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Las Vegas Review Journal

Alan Feldman remembers the anxiety that reigned on Nov. 22, 1989, the evening when The Mirage first opened its doors. “There was the normal chaos that occurs anytime you open a new property with all the last-minute things that had to be done,” he recalled.

Las Vegas Review Journal

Alan Feldman remembers the anxiety that reigned on Nov. 22, 1989, the evening when The Mirage first opened its doors. “There was the normal chaos that occurs anytime you open a new property with all the last-minute things that had to be done,” he recalled.

Hospitality Experts

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Recent Hospitality Accomplishments

Faculty members Amanda Belarmino and Cass Shum (both Hospitality), along with alumnae Yunxuan Carrie Zhang (Ph.D. '22) and Dina Zemke (Ph.D. '03), recently wrote an article that was featured in the International Hospitality Review. The article, "Comparing the antecedents of manager’s and employee’s job satisfaction in the housekeeping…
Cass Shum (Hospitality) and coauthors recently published their paper "'I was so scared I quit:' Uncanny valley effects of robots’ human-likeness on employee fear and industry turnover intentions" in the International Journal of Hospitality Management. The paper focuses on the effect of robots' appearance on employees' fear and industry…
Hyelin (Lina) Kim's (Hospitality) article, "Measuring Virtual Event Quality (VEQual): Scale Development and Validation," was recently published in the Journal of Hospitality & Tourism Research. This study aims to develop and validate a psychometrically sound and managerially useful instrument for measuring VEQual. This study allows both…
Amanda Belarmino, Renata Fernandes Guzzo (both Hospitality), and their co-author Elizabeth A. Whalen recently published the article "The impact of message framing on perceptions of controversial CSR in hotels" in the International Hospitality Review. The paper aims to understand how hospitality companies can best explain controversial…
The latest edition of Gaming & Leisure Magazine features an article by associate professor Bill Werner, J.D. (Hospitality). His article, "The Summer of Strikes: When Will It End?" (pg. 46-48) explores the lingering work stoppages in the hospitality industry following a long and tumultuous summer in which actors, writers, and auto workers…
Marta Soligo (Hospitality and Office of Economic Development) participated as a guest speaker at the Lake Mead National Recreation Area Partnership Summit on March 6, 2024. During the event, Soligo shared insights from the research on sports tourism and outdoor recreation she is conducting with the team of the UNLV Tourism Development,…