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NU College of Hospitality and Tourism Management to mark 50th anniversary by co-hosting 37th annual International Society of Travel & Tourism Educators Conference with Niagara Falls Culinary Institute


Mon, Oct 15th 2018 07:00 am
Keynote address at awards dinner from Bruce Nierenberg, Founder, Victory Cruise Lines
Niagara University will mark the 50th anniversary of the founding of its groundbreaking College of Hospitality and Tourism Management by co-hosting this year's ISTTE Innovation in Tourism Education Conference with the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute. The conference will be highlighted by an awards dinner with a keynote address by Bruce Nierenberg, chairman of the board and founder of Victory Cruise Lines.
The college, the first in the U.S. to offer a bachelor's degree in tourism, was founded in 1968 and has grown to become a world-class producer of graduates who take their places among the most accomplished leaders in the hospitality and tourism fields. A sports management component also turns out executives at some of the most well-known sports teams and organizations.
The conference, from Oct. 17-19, with events at both Niagara University and Niagara Falls Culinary Institute, will focus on the latest trends in hospitality and tourism education.
For more than 35 years, the International Society of Travel and Tourism Educators (ISTTE), which holds the conference, has been bringing travel and tourism educators together to discuss the latest industry research, teaching issues, solutions and trends. The conference is a place for educators at all levels to exchange ideas and best practices, and to form a lasting network of professionals. ISTTE 2018 presents an opportunity for those in the field to reach educators and administrators in tourism, hospitality and related disciplines to demonstrate how their products and services can lead to effective classroom or program management.
The awards dinner at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, will be held at the Double Tree Hotel in downtown Niagara Falls with WKBW-TV news anchor Keith Radford serving as master of ceremonies.
The following awards will be presented:
  • International Society of Travel and Tourism Educators (ISTTE) Awards
  • Niagara University College of Hospitality and Tourism Management Alumni Awards
  • Hotel Schools of Distinction (HSD) Award
  • Niagara Falls Culinary Institute (NFCI) Award
"This history-making program has been one of the greatest achievements in Niagara University history," said Rev. James J. Maher, NU president. "We've had some of the most prominent faculty members in the travel and tourism field, and we've created programs and internships that send students to some of the most prominent properties in the world. They learn from the best and leave NU with the basis for great careers and the added benefit of a Vincentian education, core values and a solid foundation in the liberal arts."
Kurt Stahura, Ph.D., dean of the College of Hospitality and Tourism Management, said, "It has been my honor to head this institution for the past three years. We've had some amazing students who have gone on to exciting careers in a field that is growing by leaps and bounds. We send them to far-off locations to learn from the best in the business. With the knowledge they also obtain here in our classrooms, they graduate as true professionals."
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NU's College of Hospitality and Tourism Management provides innovative, high-quality education that prepares students for leadership roles in hospitality, tourism and sport by promoting professionalism and integrating technology, management, entrepreneurship, service and experiential learning into the educational experience. The college strives to enrich students' learning through culturally diverse and international learning opportunities.
The Niagara Falls Culinary Institute brings the best of both worlds to the table for students and visitors alike. This 90,000-square-foot mixed-use facility in a portion of the former Rainbow Mall offers students the most unique of experiences. Students have access to seven state-of-the-art teaching kitchens featuring European island cooking suites and dedicated teaching kitchens for NCCC's culinary and baking and pastry arts students. Special events within the building allow students interested in the hospitality field to gain a real-world understanding of what it takes to plan and execute events at a world-class facility. And, all students get real-life, hands-on experience in the hospitality industry.

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