Tourism and Hospitality


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.

Tuition reduction announced for Rhode Island students in BA in Tourism and Hospitality Program

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.

Program faculty meet with Maine tourism leaders

USM Tourism and Hospitality program faculty meet with tourism leaders to discuss building strong connections with industry, the arts, and community development in Maine.

Kreg Ettenger and Joseph McDonnell speak at Maine Innkeepers Association

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.