GHTM Events

"The best of feeling being part of something big, is to get involved, by participating in its creation"

Get to know about the fascinating events and activites that take place around our program. We embrace engaging learning, by offering our students the opportunity to access unique experiences. Don't be shy, and take advantage of these great networking opportunities, that will help you in many ways. 

The Sky is the Limit!

Zachary Jenkins

Zack Jenkins

We talk to Zachary Jenkins -a former GHTM student passionate about traveling. Our degree took him to interning at a Castle in Irland, and now, to a fantastic career with United Airlines.

A career helping others

Kaycee Flora

We talk to Kaycee Flora -a former GHTM student who has began her career in hospitality- and developed a passion for helping others during her internship with a well known non-profit organization, as GHTM student. Now, she serves the community as a Volunteer Coordinator in Ronald MacDonal House of Charities of Central Florida.

GHTM students develop an P2P business model for Wyndham Worldwide

Homes by Wyndham

Closing a semester of hard work as a team and following Mr. Reyes Duran's instruction and guidance as part of Industry Foundations; the first of the 3 Internship courses in the Global Leadership Development program, GHTM students Rachel Anderson, Jessica Barnes, Emily Baswell, Jayana Benavente, Sheila Deir, Brianna Duncan, Madyson Lang, Carmen Lopez-Cotto, Infiniti Marshall, Natilee Martensen, Courtney Price, Tristan Rehrig, Brittany Salter, Justina Suarez, Kyle Taylor-Doggett, Heidi Wassmann and Ashley Williamson presented 'Homes by Wyndham' to Wyndham Worldwide. 

Students developed all the necessary aspects of the business proposal, including its branding, the product and the supporting services for what they explain as "A Wyndham hotel experience scattered throughout cities and unique locations" a part of their class project. A concept that would allow Wyndham to adapt part of their business model in order to take advantage of P2P platforms such as Airbnb and Homeaway and offer a unique guest experience never seen before in vacation rental. The goal was to work on a real business solution for our industry while developing skills like teamwork, prenseting, project management, critical thinking and others along the way -explains Mr. Reyes Duran; the course's instructor and project leader. "I developed this new approach to internships, to serve not only as a method for students to experience the real deal but to do so by working together in applicable and innovative ideas, and practice and test the materials, methods and theory learned in classes".

Once the team delivered, a smaller group formed by Rachel Anderson, Sheila Deir, Carmen Lopez-Cotto and Heidi Wassmann took on the hard task of delivering the business pitch deck to Wyndham senior executives Ryan Christopher and April Sarver, and UWF's senior officials Dr. O'keefe (Dean of the College of Business), Dr. Brunen (Interim Vice President), Dr. Roltsch (Assist. Vice President for Research & Director for Research and Sponsored Programs), Dr. Assante (Chair of Global Hospitality & Tourism Management), Dr. Clune (Interim Vice Provost), Melissa Brode (Assist. Dean of the College of Business & MBA Director) and Hugo Reyes Duran (Course Instructor and Project Lead) and taking on the questions asked by the audience.

"The presentation went extremely well and the outcome of this project opens up opportunities in the future, and we are all very satisfied and proud of our student's performance", explained Mr. Reyes Duran at the conclusion of the presentation. 


Former GHTM Student to be promoted to Assistant GM

Holiday Inn Resort Pensacola Beach to Promote GHTM Alumna to Assistant GM

Former GHTM Student, Jasmine Hunt, Class of 2014, is to be promoted to Assistant General Manager at the Holiday Inn Resort Pensacola Beach the company announced August 5th.

Jasmine started working at the front desk, and quickly became the loyalty champion, and then the administrative assistant, for most of 2015. She has exemplified the true spirit of hospitality. We congratulate her on this great promotion and we look forward to her to visit to GHTM, and for her to share her fascinating career in Hospitality.

Congratulations Jasmine!

The Henderson Resort Opening Job Fair

They are hiring for all departments and positions

The Henderson, a Salamander Resort & Spa property, is soon opening its doors. We invite you to join their Opening Task Team, by attending their meeting, and get involved in the fascinating world of Opening Hotels and Resorts! They are hiring for all departments and positions. Be there. Be sure to make clear that you come from the Global Hospitality & Tourism Management Program at UWF. Apply Here!

Where: The Emerald Coast Convention Center in Fort Walton Beach, FL

When:  Monday, August 29th, From 8:00AM to 8:00PM

Address: 1250 Miracle Strip Pkwy SE, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548 

Location: Google Maps


Marriott-Starwood Merger

The mega merger is cleared to take place

Its a GO! Marriott-Starwood $12.2 billion deal has been approved by the Chinese authorities; the last regulator in a long list of approvals required for this merger to take place. The company has announced as a result, that the deal could be finally closed this Friday. This deal creates the largest hotel chain in the world, with just over 1.1 million rooms, spread out over 30 brands worldwide.

Regulators from other countries around the world, including the US, the European Union, Saudi Arabia and Mexico, decided not to stand in the way of this mega merger, since it was first proposed back in November of 2015, while the Ministry of Commerce of the People's Republic of China, decided to put this merger through an antitrust process that has just come to an end.