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The hospitality industry is vital to California’s economy. As the industry grows, there is an increasing demand for an educated workforce. The Hospitality & Tourism Management Education Initiative (HTMEI) works with key hospitality leaders and 14 CSU campuses to prepare students for meaningful careers in one of California’s largest industries. In 2014, the CSU granted 96% of all Hospitality and Tourism Management degrees in the state. Our mission: to promote and elevate hospitality and tourism management education and provide a global workforce in California and worldwide.


Research Spotlight

CSU hospitality and tourism management programs are committed to training students to be stewards of the environment and the community. The Briefing on Ecotourism and Sustainability in CSU Hospitality Management Campuses provides a comprehensive summary of the work being done in these important areas including research, curriculum, initiatives and activities.



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In the News

Sonoma State University Announces New Home for its Wine Business Institute and Seed Gift from Korbel's Gary Heck (Jan. 7,2014)

Sonoma State University President Ruben Armiñana announced that its Wine Business Institute will have a new permanent home on campus in the former University Commons building, which was recently vacated with the opening of SSU's new Student Center. Gary Heck, president and owner of Korbel, also announced a personal gift of $1 million on behalf of Korbel to seed the renovation of the building to suit the needs of a 21st century learning center.

Brad Gessner: After 35 Years in Meetings, a Master's Degree at 58 (Jan. 2014)

In the midst of a 35-year career in the meetings and hospitality industry, Brad Gessner was ready for a change. He was serving as general manager of the San Diego Convention Center in 2012 when he decided to launch his own consulting business, and at the same time enrolled in San Diego State University's newly created master's program in hospitality and tourism management (HTM).

From Surf Tourism to Wine Management, the CSU Teaches the Business of Hospitality (Dec. 5, 2013)

Granting nearly 95 percent of hospitality management degrees in California, the CSU is a vital contributor to the state’s hospitality industry. The CSU has approximately 4,000 undergraduates majoring in hospitality-related fields, including everything from travel and lodging to casino management and corporate event planning. Campuses specialize in different niches of the hospitality industry, which gives students a unique set of skills to help set them apart from their industry peers.

Super Saturday Empowers Families (Aug. 22, 2013)

Nearly 3,000 middle and high school students and their families gathered at CSU Dominguez Hills August 17 for the event, which is part of the CSU’s African American Initiative and aims to equip students and their families with the tools and resources it takes to get to college. During a workshop about careers in the hospitality industry, Cal Poly Pomona student Cassaundra Williams discussed her own personal success story.

Community College, CSU Hospitality Faculty Symposium (May 29, 2013)

More than 50 hospitality educators and faculty from the California Community Colleges (CCC) and the Cal State University system gathered last month for the 4th annual Professional Development Hospitality Symposium at The Collins College of Hospitality Management.

Marriott Foundation Funds New Charitable Initiative Supporting Youth in China (May 21, 2013)

The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation announced that it has committed $6.5 million over five years to support China’s youth through the Marriott China Hospitality Education Initiative (CHEI). The purpose of this initiative is to enhance the hospitality education of Chinese youths, preparing them for rewarding careers in China’s booming travel and tourism industry. Marriott CHEI is now in the process of selecting 10 to 12 pilot schools for the upcoming academic year, and anticipates impacting up to 20,000 students annually in 50 schools within five years. The Marriott Foundation selected San Diego State University to be Marriott CHEI’s academic liason.

Visit California Presidenta & CEO Caroline Beteta to be Honored with the Robert Mondavi Wine & Food Award at Hospitality Uncorked (March 4, 2013)

Caroline Beteta, one of California’s biggest advocates, will be honored for her vision and leadership to advance the state’s hospitality industry with the Robert Mondavi Wine & Food Award during Hospitality Uncorked 2013 on March 23 at the JW Marriott Los Angeles at LA Live. Proceeds from the gala will support The Collins College of Hospitality Management at Cal Poly Pomona.

More Than 60 Companies Expected at Hospitality Career Expo (Feb. 15, 2013)

A record amount of companies will be recruiting at the 20th annual Hospitality Career Expo on Thursday, Feb. 21. More than 60 leading organizations will visit Cal Poly Pomona to recruit top-notch talent at The Collins College of Hospitality Management.

Working the Pebble Beach Pro-Am (Feb. 11, 2013)

Standouts in their bright red jackets, the SJSU Special Event Management Team once again played a pivotal role in the 2013 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

Visit California CEO Joins North Bay Leaders at SSU Conference  (Feb. 5, 2013) 
As president and CEO of the state’s largest tourism marking organization, Caroline Beteta is among a growing roster of industry leaders that will take part in Sonoma State University’s 2013 Economic Outlook Conference Feb. 27, “Game-Changers: Innovations and Leaders Transforming the North Bay Economy.”

Lobby Day Highlights CSU Hospitality Programs, Industry Needs (Jan. 31, 2013)

The message was clear on Jan. 29 in Sacramento: The hospitality industry in California pumps billions of dollars each year into the state economy, and the California State University is the premier higher education institution preparing people to lead this industry.

Hospitality Outreach Event Draws 150 Students to LA Live (Dec. 11, 2012)

One hundred and fifty students from eight local high schools got an exclusive opportunity to learn about careers in the hospitality industry and how to pursue higher education during a recent outreach event at LA Live. The Collins College of Hospitality Management at Cal Poly Pomona, the CSU's Hospitality Management Education Initiative (HMEI) and the California Restaurant Association Educational Foundation hosted the event.

Marriott gives San Francisco State $250,000 to train future employees (Nov. 15, 2012)

Marriot is investing in its future workforce. As part of a series of grants, the J. Willard and Alice S Marriott Foundation has donated $250,000 to San Francisco State University to create a career center for its business students. While it will focus on hospitality and tourism majors, the program’s career and professional development services will be available to business students across all fields.

Gessner Named VP of AEG Facilities Convention Center Management, Services Division (Oct. 23, 2012)

Brad Gessner, an adjunct faculty professor for San Diego State University’s Hospitality and Tourism Management Department, was recently named vice president of AEG’s Facilities Convention Center Management, Services Division. A 30-plus year industry veteran, Gessner comes to AEG from the San Diego Convention Center Corporation, where he was the general manager of the 2.6 million square-foot convention center for six years.