Hospitality and Tourism Program

Internship leads to appreciation for convention, visitors bureaus

As with a lot of students at Western Carolina University, Michelle “Shelly” Painter needed to fulfill an internship in order to meet her requirements to graduate in May. But the hospitality and tourism management major didn’t want just any internship. Painter wanted something different than what her classmates were doing.

Autumn leaves must fall, but not before being tourism draw

It’s September in the hills when Western Carolina University’s fall foliage forecaster Beverly Collins attempts to quantify the quality of the annual color show in Western North Carolina through a scientific-based prediction. And Collins is anticipating a good display across the mountains this year.

WCU, Isothermal Community College ink hospitality degree agreement

Officials from Western Carolina University and Isothermal Community College recently gathered to sign an articulation agreement designed to ease the transition for ICC students wanting to study in WCU’s newly expanded bachelor’s degree program in hospitality and tourism offered in the Asheville area.