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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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Campus News | July 2, 2020

A collection of news stories featuring the people and programs of UNLV.

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Research | June 25, 2020

A long history of discriminatory practices and a UNLV study that shows how it impacts both workers and businesses points to a need for industry-wide change.

Eight UNLV graduates pose for a photo in their graduation attire.
Campus News | June 11, 2020

A collection of stories featuring UNLV’s continued flexibility and adaptability in the face of COVID-19.

Debbie Pattni seated in front of a computer in her home office.
People | June 8, 2020

Helping her children navigate their educational pathways led Debbie Pattni to a fulfilling career in academic advising.

Portrait of hospitality management major Sonia Vazquez-Quintero
People | May 5, 2020

Las Vegas native says the city provides a unique learning opportunity for hospitality majors.

A group gathers and eats while a student serves wine from a tray
Campus News | April 28, 2020

A Hospitality class was dedicated to planning UNLVino's successor – until coronavirus forced a change.

Hospitality In The News

July 1, 2020

After the worldwide protests that erupted over the killing of George Floyd, it is hard for me to imagine any person, company, or institution, continuing to discount the role that racism plays in our society. People all over are demanding an end to racial discrimination that is embedded in our social systems.

Las Vegas Review Journal
June 22, 2020

Not every Las Vegas hotel-casino will reopen in time to celebrate the Fourth of July, but the holiday is bound to be one of the city’s busiest weekends of the summer.

Las Vegas Review Journal
June 16, 2020

At least one Strip buffet is back, albeit with a few tweaks.

El Tiempo
June 16, 2020

At least one buffet on the Strip is back, albeit with a few tweaks.

Las Vegas Review Journal
June 15, 2020

At Harrah’s, masked gamblers cheer after a winning round at blackjack. Others lounge by the pool with a drink in hand, or dine on a $150 steak at one of the property’s finer restaurants.

El Tiempo
June 15, 2020

At Harrah's, players in mouthpieces celebrate after a winning round of blackjack, others sit poolside with a drink in hand, or dine on a steak for $ 150 at one of the property's best restaurants.

Hospitality Experts

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Recent Hospitality Accomplishments

June 4, 2020
Anthony Lucas (Hospitality) and his co-author recently published the article "Examining Expanded Differences in Slot Machine Pars: An Analysis of Revenue Impacts and Player Sensitivity to 'Price'" in the International Journal of Hospitality Management. The study indicated increases in revenue for high-par games with no clear signs of play...
June 2, 2020
Hyun "Grace" Chatfield, Seyhmus Baloglu (both Hospitality), Robert E. Chatfield, and Percy Poon (both Finance) recently published their article "Preferred Stock Issuance in the Restaurant Industry and Financial Distress" in the Journal of Foodservice Business Research.   The purpose of this study is to offer insights into why restaurant firms...
June 1, 2020
Hyelin Kim (Hospitality) and her co-authors recently published "Examining the Impacts of Touristification on Quality of Life (QOL): The Application of the Bottom-up Spillover Theory" in The Service Industries Journal. The study aims to understand touristification and the influence of this phenomenon on residents’ quality of life.
May 29, 2020
Anthony Lucas (Hospitality) and his co-author recently published their article "Pushing the Limits of Increased Casino Advantage on Slots: An Examination of Performance Effects and Customer Reactions" in the Cornell Hospitality Quarterly journal. The study examined performance data from reel slot games located in two casinos and revealed...
May 28, 2020
Marla Royne Stafford (Hospitality) and her co-author recently had their chapter, "The Convergence of Not-for-Profit Services and the Social Enterprise", published in The Routledge Handbook of Service Research Insights and Ideas. The book explores foundations and innovations in services, highlighting important issues relating to service...
May 27, 2020
Hyelin Kim (Hospitality) and her co-authors recently published their article "Designing for Quality of Life" in the Annals of Tourism Research journal. The research argues that designing appropriate platforms for tourism experiences is intimately related to the enhancement of quality of life, contributing not only to the well-being of...