Tourism and Hospitality Chair Kreg Ettenger, along with Dean Joseph McDonnell, spoke on June 4th at a meeting of the Board of Directors of the Maine Innkeepers Association (MEIA) in Augusta. McDonnell described the process leading to approval of the new degree program and the key role that organizations like MEIA played in helping to develop the program curriculum. Ettenger gave details of the degree, including concentrations of special interest to the lodging industry, such as Sustainability in Tourism & Hospitality. He also described the ways that MEIA and its member businesses could assist as the program develops, including providing internships for students, jobs for graduates, and expertise as mentors, trainers, and adjunct faculty.
The Maine Innkeepers Association represents nearly 700 B&Bs, camps, cottages, hotels, inns, motels and resorts across Maine. Through communication, education, promotion and government affairs, the association helps its members achieve prosperity and deliver a quality product to the consumer. MEIA also offers over $8,000 in scholarships each year to Maine students pursuing degrees in hospitality-related fields. The association is located in Freeport and can be found online at www.maineinns.com. Executive Director Greg Dugal can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.