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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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Hospitality student Bridget Podlesni explores the wonders of Morocco during the Lee Business School's Global Entrepreneurship Experience.

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Christen Joy Smith shares Instagrammable moments and the business practices of Moroccan locals as part of Lee Business School's Global Entrepreneurship Experience.

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News highlights featuring UNLV students and staff who made (refreshing) waves in the headlines.

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UNLV students explore local culture and sights as part of Lee Business School's Global Entrepreneurship Experience.

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UNLV casino management researcher Anthony Lucas looks at the apparent diminishing returns between free-play offers and patron behavior.

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San Manuel Band of Mission Indians is supporting Native culture on campus and bolstering tribal gaming nationwide.

Hospitality In The News

Las Vegas Review Journal

Jared Scott has noticed a change in the way casinos return change. While playing at Vegas casinos during monthly visits for his slot-playing social media channels, Jackpot J Slots, he’s noticed that many major casino operators will issue a cash-out ticket voucher for change under a dollar, instead of dispensing coins at machines across the floor.

Majorca Daily Bulletin

A leading tourism professor at a U.S. university says that the anti-tourism protests in Mallorca and across Spain could have a lasting impact on the industry. Her warning came as Mallorca prepared for another protest which is due to take place in Palma on Sunday.


Majorca has been issued stark warnings with regard to persistent protests that are reportedly putting off UK holidaymakers. An expert has spoken of the detrimental effects such demonstrations could have on the island's economy.


Majorca has been warned over protests against UK tourists - with holidaymakers "put off" by the demonstrations in the European Union holiday hotspot. Falling levels of tourism in the Spanish island of Majorca could wreck the island's economy, experts have warned.

Falling levels of tourism - as a result of visitors feeling unwelcome following over-tourism protests - on the Spanish island of Majorca could wreck the island’s economy, tourism experts have warned.

CDC Gaming Reports

Free play has long been a staple of casino promotions. It’s not unusual to find patrons queued in long lines waiting to swipe loyalty cards at kiosks for the opportunity to add slot or table games credits to their accounts.

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Recent Hospitality Accomplishments

Kasra Ghaharian (International Gaming Institute), Marta Soligo (Hospitality), and Brett Abarbanel (International Gaming Institute, Hospitality) published a study, "AI ethics in a controversial industry: the case of gambling and its ethical paradox," in AI and Ethics with co-authors Fatemeh Binesh (University of Florida) and Lukasz Golab…
Yen-Soon Kim (Hospitality), chair of the Food & Beverage and Event Department and associate professor, has been recommended by a panel from the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and World Learning to join the prestigious Fulbright Specialist Roster for a three-year tenure (starting June 14). This program,…
Tony Henthorne’s (Hospitality) book, "Jamaica: Tourism History of an Island Paradise," published by Archway Publishing, is now available on Amazon. The book explores the cultural and political history of the island – from its humble beginnings, to the Hollywood invasion of the 1940s, to its status today as one of the world's most popular tourism…
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…