Tourism and Hospitality

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Tourism Chair Kreg Ettenger featured on Blunt Youth Radio

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.

Tourism & Hospitality Student Featured on Amtrak Blog

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!

New TAH minor and certificate approved

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 TAH courses to be offered in Fall 2013 semester

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.

TAH students make USM Dean's List

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.

Professor Ettenger named to Greater Portland CVB Board of Directors

Kreg Ettenger recently was chosen to serve on the Board of Directors of the Greater Portland Convention + Visitors Bureau (CVB).

Northern Maine Makes Lonely Planet's Top 10 List for 2013

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."

Travel Industry Offers Great Career Opportunities, New Study Shows

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.

Kreg Ettenger speaks at Maine Tourism Association Board Meeting

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.

USM and SMCC collaboration to benefit tourism and hospitality students, industry

The University of Southern Maine and Southern Maine Community College (SMCC) signed an agreement that provides a seamless transition for students to move from SMCC’s two-year to USM’s four-year degree in tourism and hospitality.

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