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Program Facts and History

The hotel and restaurant industry is rapidly expanding, as are its career opportunities. There is a common misconception that the hospitality industry only encompasses hotels and travel. However, that is not the case. Hotels and travel are only parts of the many fields that the industry embodies including event planning, restaurant management, sales, business management, the culinary arts and more. The hospitality industry is one of the largest in the world. In 2016 alone, the hospitality industry grossed $199.3 billion. (DECADirect)

There are several professional networking opportunities available to students. These include the Hospitality Management Student Association, the Club Managers Association of America, which schedules guest speakers from the industry and sponsors field trips each May, to the National Restaurant Association Trade Show in Chicago, IL and each November to the International Hotel, Motel and Restaurant show in New York City, NY