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.
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.
As the summer travel season gets underway, a new study conducted by students in Western Carolina University’s Hospitality and Tourism Program indicates that stable gasoline prices and improving economic conditions should contribute to an increase in tourism-generated revenue across Western North Carolina.
A key feature of an outdoor tourism conference hosted by Western Carolina University on Tuesday, Feb. 28, at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort in Cherokee was the presentation of customized tourism economic fact sheets.
A regional conference addressing outdoor tourism and recreation presented by Western Carolina University on Tuesday, Feb. 28, featured several speakers stressing that success in attracting visitors results from more than just selling the scenery.
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.
As concerns caused by a temporary gas shortage on the East Coast ease, Steve Morse, economist and director of Western Carolina University’s Hospitality and Tourism Program, is predicting a possible boost in October tourism in Western North Carolina.
Representatives of the Western North Carolina travel and tourism industry came together Friday, June 10, to celebrate the expansion of Western Carolina University’s bachelor’s degree program in hospitality and tourism into the Asheville-Hendersonville area.
The University of North Carolina Board of Governors recently authorized Western Carolina University to begin offering its bachelor’s degree program in hospitality and tourism at its instructional site at Biltmore Park Town Square in Asheville.