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UCF Research Shows Vacation Home Rentals Boost Florida’s Economy by $27+ Billion Annually

A new report by the University of Central Florida’s Rosen College of Hospitality Management shows the economic impact of Florida’s vacation home rental industry exceeds $27 billion. “Our research confirms that Florida’s lodging industry for vacations, beyond traditional hotels and resorts, which include rentals like houses, apartments and condos, boosts the economy significantly. Renters remain in the…

Making Holiday Treats with Bite Knights

Bite Knights aims to inspire college students to experiment in the kitchen and try new dishes. The series encourages students that there’s no right or wrong way to cook, as long as you are having fun and staying safe. In this episode, UCF Social Ambassador and Bite Knights host Christopher D’Andrea is joined by two…

Master’s Degree Program Coordinator Honored with Dean’s Star Award

On Friday, September 4, 2020, Dr. David Kwum was honored with the Dean’s Star Award. Dr. Kwun has been a faculty member at the Rosen College of Hospitality Management since 2006 and took on the role of Master’s Degree Program Coordinator at the start of 2020 as the program rapidly expanded. Dr. Kwun received his…

UCF Grad Named Executive Director of Legacy Pointe at UCF

Legacy Pointe at UCF, a UCF-affiliated life care retirement community has named Josh Smith ’04 as its new executive director. “From his beginnings in the culinary service to his in-depth management experience, to his passion for UCF, he’s the perfect match.”— Bob Holmes Smith, who graduated with a hospitality management degree from UCF’s Rosen College of Hospitality Management,…

UCF Rosen College of Hospitality Management Named Nation’s Best, 2nd in World

UCF Rosen College of Hospitality Management was ranked this week as one of the premiere hospitality and tourism programs in the world, as rated by ShanghaiRankings’ listing of 500 of the world’s top universities. The ShanghaiRanking Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2020 also ranked Rosen College’s program No.1 in the country. The college has seen…

Disney Cohort Impacted by COVID-19

The 2020 Disney Cohort was, without a doubt, our most unique ever. Forty students arrived on a cold January morning from six of our university partners:  BISU, Sun Yat-sen University, Nankai University, Jinan University, KHU and Sejong University.  They looked forward to taking four courses with us:  Strategic Management & Leadership, Entertainment Arts & Events,…

UCF Rosen College Launches Two Webinar Series

UCF Rosen College of Hospitality Management has launched not one, but two webinar series, specifically for alumni and industry professionals to aid in navigating the post coronavirus COVID-19 world of tourism and hospitality, which has been impacted heavily by the virus. From restaurants, to cruise ships, to hotels, to attractions, to conventions and events, the…

Psychology and Rosen College Team Up to Launch Hospitality Resources

A new clearinghouse of information for hospitality workers affected by COVID-19 has been compiled by researchers from UCF’s Targeted Research Training Program (TRT). These resources cover a variety of topics including: lay-offs and furloughs; opportunities to make money during the crisis; protecting personal finances; improving mental health; skill development; industry relevant information; and links to activities families…

UCF to Offer Nation’s First Master’s Degree in Travel Technology and Analytics

This fall, UCF will offer a new master’s degree in travel technology and analytics to prepare computer scientists, data analysts, software developers and information technologists for jobs in the travel industry. “The increasingly complex business environment the travel and tourism industry is facing requires an interdisciplinary approach to produce professionals who not only have a strong technology…

UCF Instructors Commit Salaries to Support Student Emergency Funds

Entertainment management student Maddy Frye sat in front of her laptop to access her entertainment production management course remotely for the first time since the coronavirus affected UCF’s classes. She saw her instructors, David John and Lauren Sigmund ’19MS, just like she had every Wednesday afternoon throughout the semester — only this time they were in front…

UCF’s Hospitality School Again Recognized Among World’s Best

For the fourth consecutive year, the Rosen College of Hospitality Management is ranked among the top five best hospitality and hotel management schools in the world by CEOWorld magazine. For 2020, Rosen placed fourth in the publication’s annual global listing. “Our dedication to providing an innovative, real-world education and the integration of our curriculum into Central Florida’s tourism community…

New Knights Helping Knights Pantry Opens on Rosen Campus

UCF’s Knights Helping Knights Pantry recently opened its second location of its on-site food pantry at the Rosen College of Hospitality Management campus. The endeavor realizes a personal mission of Rosen staff members and represents the next step in UCF’s efforts to fight food insecurity. The new pantry is housed within a 19-square-foot space inside of the…

The Celeste Hotel Reaches for the Stars

Counting down for launch this spring, The Celeste Hotel at UCF is being designed with all things evocative of the stars, moon, constellations and nearby Kennedy Space Center. When the project was first announced last January, the 179-room inn and conference center under the Marriott brand was to be called The Pegasus Hotel, but the company has…