Tourism and Hospitality

TAH Student Group

The Tourism and Hospitality Student Group (TAHSG) is a student organization that offers engaging opportunities outside of the classroom to be directly involved in Maine’s tourism and hospitality community. 

Activities this organization takes part in include volunteering with local entrepreneurs; Helping serve refreshments at the civic center with an extra bonus of seeing a concert, hockey game, or show; Planning and executing tourism trips that help students network and grow knowledge; Experiencing Expos within all different sectors of the industry; Brainstorming new ideas and experiencing the true depth of the industry. It’s more than an organization, it’s an experience that will take you to the next level if you let it.

Below you can check out some of the activities the organization has participated in. If you are interested in joining TAHSG, contact Professor Sara Ghezzi.

Professional Networking Dinner

The student group made and served mocktails to students and employers at the professional networking dinner.

The Hotel Experience - November 2018

The Hotel Experience (HX) Experience is one of the largest Hotel trade shows in the world. Students have the opportunity to see current hotel trends and innovations while attending speakers by leaders in the industry. 

The Hotel Experience - 2019

TAH students from USM and SMCC presented a market study on Denver, Colorado, and the hotel market at the Smith Travel Research Student Market Study Competition. Over 37 hospitality programs were represented at the Hotel Experience (HX) conference in New York, New York. The SMCC/USM/SMCC team was led by Dr. Sara Ghezzi and Maureen Lasalle. We received Honorable Mention honors.

Pictured: Jake Dostal, Amie O’Hara, Allison Pickering, Arianna Burns, Jason Moody, and Dana Schauf

Visit Portland Annual Meeting

Visit Portland welcomes USM and SMCC students at their annual meeting and to sit in on presentations. 


Annual Sports & Entertainment Career Fair at Fenway Park in Boston, MA

TAH Students attend the Sports and Entertainment Career Fair at Fenway Park followed by a Red Sox game!