Tourism and Hospitality


Be a part of an Icelandic adventure! INFORMATIONAL MEETING: Thursday, October 13, 2016

Be a part of an Icelandic adventure! INFORMATIONAL MEETING: Thursday, October 13, 1:30-2:30pm, Wishcamper 327 GYA/TAH 307 Iceland Adventure Tourism - Landscape Change and Human Impact: June 9-17, 2017 The trip is open to anyone so family and friends can accompany you while you take this class! Overview: This 9-day trip brings students and other travelers to Iceland to study and participate in Adventure Tourism in unparalleled beauty and wilderness. We will travel the Ring Road in Iceland and explore Iceland’s changing landscape from climate change to tourist impact. Highlights: Volcanoes, Glaciers, Icebergs, Fjords, Waterfalls, Museums, Wildlife, Geothermal, Viking Heritage, University of Iceland. Tourism activity analysis, GIS, and tourism planning research.

November 10th 2016: Annual Husky Harvest Multicultural Festival

Join us for the 3rd Annual Husky Harvest Multicultural Festival on Thursday, November 19th, 11:00am-2:00pm at the Woodbury Campus Center. This event celebrates the multicultural diversity in our community through food and cultural activities!

USM delegation builds relationships and explores collaborative partnerships in Iceland

Led by President Glenn Cummings, a group of USM faculty and expert staff joined a larger delegation from Maine in attending the Arctic Circle Assembly in Reykjavik, and met with their academic counterparts at two universities, as well as business entrepreneurs. From connections made, USM has begun exciting new partnerships that will expand workforce opportunities, cultural exchange, and economic development for our students and all of Maine.

Cruising Classroom – Boston to Bermuda with USM’s Tourism and Hospitality Students

On May 30, 17 students from the Tourism and Hospitality program traveled from Boston to Bermuda on Holland America’s ship M.S. Veendam for a week-long cruise as part of a class. The students also set up social media feeds where the public could follow them on their adventures - on Twitter and Instagram at @usmtourism, and on Facebook by “liking” USM Tourism and Hospitality’s Facebook page. They posted with the hashtag #USMB2B2015.

TAH Program Welcomes New Faculty Member

The Program in Tourism and Hospitality is pleased to welcome Sara Ghezzi as our new Lecturer in Hospitality Management. This is excellent news for our program and will provide much-needed faculty expertise in areas such as food and beverage management, conference and event planning, hospitality law, and culinary and wine tourism. Sara comes to us from Auburn University, where she received a BS, MS and PhD in Hotel and Restaurant Management—and was also an all-SEC varsity softball player. She is currently Assistant Sommelier at La Mar and Azul, two award-winning restaurants at the five-star Mandarin Oriental Miami. Her position begins September 1.

Mayor Brennan and local experts guide tourism students

Portland Mayor Michael Brennan spent time in the University of Southern Maine's Tourism and Community Development class on Tuesday, March 10 answering students' questions about tourism in Portland.

2nd annual Husky Harvest a celebration of cultural diversity

Students from the University of Southern Maine's Tourism and Hospitality program took fellow classmates, facility members and members of the surrounding Portland community on a trip around the world at the second annual Husky Harvest.

Tourism & Hospitality Program Hosts 2nd Annual Husky Harvest

The Husky Harvest is an international food festival free and open to our USM community and the Greater Portland area.


In a new partnership with AAA, USM's Tourism and Hospitality students will be the recipients of funds raised from an event held Friday, August 22, on the Holland America cruise ship MS Veendam at the Ocean Gateway terminal in Portland. AAA has committed up to $5000 towards scholarships for a new cruise ship internship program.

Adjunct Faculty Member Bruce Rinker Takes Top Job at Virginia Conservation Organization

Dr. H. Bruce Rinker, adjunct faculty member in the Program in Tourism & Hospitality and a member of the program's external advisory board, has been hired as the new Executive Director of the Valley Conservation Council (VCC) headquartered in Staunton, Virginia. Dr. Rinker will remain affiliated with his current employer, the Biodiversity Research Institute in Gorham, Maine, as an adjunct scientist to assist with its Mexico programs, which he helped to establish.