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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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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.

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Arts and Culture | November 5, 2019

Lamb and turkey and brisket, oh my! UNLV wine expert Murray Mackenzie dishes on the best beverage blends for meat, vegetarian, dessert, and cheese offerings.

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Campus News | November 1, 2019

A collection of local, national, and international news stories highlighting the people and programs of UNLV.

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People | October 30, 2019

These faculty members aren't just accomplished in their academic fields. They all have one thing in common: success in the hobbies they're passionate about.

Hospitality In The News

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.

Whittier Daily News
November 1, 2019

ICYMI, we published the annual Southern California Casino Guide Monday (you may have seen our special email to you loyal Casino Insider subscribers), but since everyone likes to eat we wanted to highlight our list of all of the restaurants at the area’s casinos.

Las Vegas Review Journal
October 28, 2019

How do casino companies get more millennials into their properties?

Rockford Register Star
October 21, 2019

Bad news for lovers of Texas Hold ’em, seven-card stud and Omaha Hi-Lo: Hard Rock Casino Rockford is not planning to offer live poker.

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Recent Hospitality Accomplishments

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.
December 10, 2019
Amanda Belarmino (Hospitality) presented the results of her study examining the antecedents of behavioral intentions for literary tourism at the 42nd Annual Black Orchid Banquet in New York City Dec. 7. Her study examined the motivations of the Wolfe Pack (a literary society of fans of the mid-20th-century detective Nero Wolfe) to dine and travel...
December 9, 2019
Laura Book and Sarah Tanford (both Hospitality) recently published their paper "Measuring Social Influence from Online Traveler Reviews" in the Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Insights. The purpose of the paper was to develop a scale to measure normative and informational influence in online traveler reviews. 
December 6, 2019
Cass Shum (Hospitality) recently received the Top Tier Doctoral Graduate Research Assistantship Grant through UNLV's Graduate College for her research project "Understanding Employee Online Reviews in the Hospitality Industry." The competitive grant provides funding for a doctoral research assistant for up to three years.
December 6, 2019
Tim Self (Hospitality) and his co-authors' work on talent management in the hospitality industry has translated into several recent published articles, including:  "Talent Management: a Delphi Study of Assessing and Developing GenZ Hospitality Leaders," International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality "Increasing Management Retention: The...