Tourism and Hospitality
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Sunday, June 6th edition of the Maine Sunday Telegram features a section on sustainable tourism, with a guest commentary by Tourism & Hospitality program chair Dr. Kreg Ettenger. Ettenger answers the question "What is sustainable tourism?" by suggesting that while travel itself might be inherently unsustainable, its ability to insprire love of places can also be "restorative and transformative, leading to more sustainable and livable communities and to diverse and healthy landscapes."
TAH junior Konstantina Rigas helped plan a wedding last summer at the Newagen Seaside Inn in Southport that is featured in the current issue of Real Maine Weddings, a magazine and website featuring Maine weddings planned by Maine professionals. She is also one of four USM TAH majors who received scholarships from the Maine Innkeepers Education Foundation at their annual Tees & Textbooks event June 9-10 at the Samoset Resort in Rockport.
The international food festival, organized by students in the Tourism and Hospitality program, proved to be a huge success, attracting large crowds who sampled cuisine from around the world, watched live cooking demonstrations, and participated in a series of multicultural activities.