World Tourism Day Featuring Nestle Water Company

World Tourism Day is quickly approaching on Friday, September 27th with the theme of Water Conservation.

Nestle Water Company will be giving Hospitality and Tourism Management students the chance to be a part of their exclusive tour of the bottling plant here in Guelph. During this tour, they will learn what the company is doing to promote water conservation and sustainability.

HTM Students Attend HFTP Dinner Aboard The Empress

On Thursday, September 19, Prof. Justin Taillon and 11 HTM students attended an HFTP dinner in Toronto on a five-storey boat named "The Empress". At the event students mingled with hotel industry professionals throughout Ontario. Justin Taillon was officially initiated as an elected officer of HFTP, the students impressed the professionals and had a good time, and five students even won the door prizes! HFTP events occur on the third Thursday of each month. Please contact President Fanyi Wei ( for more information and to get involved.

Professor Justin Taillon To Discuss Education Through International Tourism

Professor Justin Taillon has been invited by the University of Waterloo to speak at an annual lecture series. He will discuss "Education through International Tourism", which focuses on how study abroad trips are an important part of a well-rounded education in hospitality & tourism. Other speakers in the series include Geoffrey Wall, Stephen Smith, Sanjay Nepal, Paul Eagles, and many more top Canadian researchers in the field of tourism. The lecture will take place on September 27th at 8:30am in the University of Waterloo Arts Lecture Hall (AL211).

UGSRP's Annual Forum Featuring Jonathan Bloom - Oct 3

The University of Guelph Sustainable Restaurant Project (UGSRP) will be holding its 3rd annual forum on Thursday, October 3rd on campus at the Lifetime Learning Centre (OVC), Room 1714 at 7:00 p.m.  Featured speaker is Jonathan Bloom, Journalist, Consultant, Food Waste Expert and Author of "American Wasteland".  Also speaking will be Robin Poirier of Ocean Wise and HTM's Professor Bruce McAdams.

Sponsor, Earls Kitchen & Bar will be holding a reception in PJ's Restaurant in Macdonald Stewart Hall immediately after the forum.

HTMSA Launches New Mentorship Program

The Hospitality and Tourism Management Student Association (HTMSA) is launching a new HTM Mentorship Program!

The program will create a connection between 1st and 4th/5th year students, helping them become more engaged within the School and the U of G community. 

The Canada Food Day “Chicken” Picnic: From $13.00 to $50.00+ – What are you willing to pay for?

In celebration of Canada Food Day Prof. Erna van Duren, School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, and Julia Christensen Hughes, Dean of the College of Management and Economics, compared some of the "real costs" of buying, preparing and cooking a chicken picnic.  Using the lowest-cost food they purchased at a discount grocery store, they were able to create the entire meal for just $13.33. The same low-cost meal totalled $15.80 when purchased at a higher-end grocery store, $16.50 at a farmers’ market and $17.75 from a specialty retailer.

Are We Scaring Students Away?

UGSRP Blog Article

This past semester, two students (Matthew Acevedo and Lindsay Barron) undertook a project to evaluate hospitality student perceptions of their industry as employer.  They surveyed students from across Canada.  Their report is linked.

Executive Summary Report

Detailed question by question responses for the entire survey are also available.

New Study Abroad Semester in Paris, France

The Centre for International Programs has appointed Dr. Marion Joppe, as the Director of the Winter 2015 Paris semester. This is a study abroad program where students will live in Paris, France for 4 months and take 4 courses in English for credit through the University of Guelph. The program is open to all students on campus and information sessions will be held in February 2014. If you have any further questions, please email Dr.

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