Tourism and Hospitality


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.
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.
Starting in spring 2013, Connecticut and Rhode Island students enrolled in the BA in Tourism & Hospitality at USM will qualify for reduced tuition rates under the New England Regional Student Program (RSP). For more information on eligibility and other questions, contact the USM Admissions Office at 207-780-5670.
USM Tourism and Hospitality program faculty meet with tourism leaders to discuss building strong connections with industry, the arts, and community development in Maine.
Tourism and Hospitality Chair Kreg Ettenger and CMHS Dean Joseph McDonnell spoke on June 4th at a meeting of the Board of Directors of the Maine Innkeepers Association, the key membership organization of Maine's lodging industry.
Dr. Tracy Michaud Stutzman, former executive director of the Maine Highlands Guild and the Maine Crafts Association, joins the faculty of the USM Program in Tourism & Hospitality for the 2012-13 academic year.
The BA in Tourism and Hospitality (TAH) is pleased to offer 18 courses for the fall 2012 semester, including four new courses in the major, as well as 14 courses offered by other USM departments and programs.


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Impact the Future of Tourism in Maine

Tracy Michaud Stutzman, head of the Tourism and Hospitality department at USM, talks about the unique features of the BA degree program, which combines industry theory and real practical skills with a strong community engagement component.