Tourism and Hospitality
The USM Program in Tourism & Hospitality, just entering its second year, was recently ranked one of "The 20 Best Tourism Degree Programs" by the independent website The Best Schools. The website provides information on hundreds of colleges and universities and thousands of degree programs, and provides listings of top programs in dozens of subject areas.
The July 29th episode of Blunt Youth Radio, a weekly program on USM's WMPG radio station, featured a discussion of tourism in Maine. Invited speakers included Kreg Ettenger, Associate Professor of Anthropology in USM's Muskie School of Public Service and Chair of the USM Program in Tourism & Hospitality.
New USM student Zackary Coro, from Madison, Maine, loves the train, especially Amtrak's Downeaster. So much so that he wrote a letter to Amtrak after a recent ride from Boston to tell them how much he enjoyed the trip. The letter prompted Amtrak to contact Zackary and interview him for their blog, All Aboard!
As of the Fall 2013 semester, USM students and area professionals will be able to enroll in two new academic programs, a Minor in Tourism and Hospitality and a Certificate in Tourism Development and Planning.
Five new Tourism & Hospitality (TAH) courses, covering subjects from sustainable hospitality management to women artists in the global tourism market, are being offered this fall. The TAH program also welcomes four new part-time instructors from industry, the nonprofit sector, and academia, all of whom bring considerable expertise and passion for their fields.
Five Tourism & Hospitality students, Marjorie Jarry, Casey Lovejoy, Rebecca Pratt, Konstantina Rigas, and Jenna Rossnagel, earned Dean's List honors for their academic achievements this past spring semester.
Kreg Ettenger recently was chosen to serve on the Board of Directors of the Greater Portland Convention + Visitors Bureau (CVB).
The publisher of the popular Lonely Planet travel guides has named Northern Maine as one of its top ten U.S. destinations for 2013. According to the Lonely Planet website, "Maine isn’t only lobster rolls, lighthouses and rocky shoreline. The woodsy interior, on the top half of the Maine ‘thumb’ reaching north to the Canada border, makes for a wilderness adventure."
According to a new study by the U.S. Travel Association, individuals who begin their careers with a job in the travel industry end up making more money and getting better educations than many of their peers. The report, entitled Fast Forward: Travel Creates Opportunities and Launches Careers, challenges the popular misperception that travel industry jobs are low-pay, or do not provide ample opportunities for career advancement.
USM Tourism & Hospitality program chair Kreg Ettenger spoke on September 19th at the board meeting of the Maine Tourism Association, a membership organization that represents the many facets of Maine's tourism industry. The board of MTA includes members from all sectors of Maine's tourism industry, including lodging, restaurant, transportation and attractions.