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New graduate certificate program in hospitality and tourism management

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Salem State unveils new graduate certificate program in hospitality and tourism management

Legal Sea Foods’ president and CEO to serve on advisory board


Responding to projected growth in industry-related employment in the region, Salem State has announced  the creation of a five-course graduate certificate program in hospitality and tourism management. The program, which can be completed in one year, is a joint venture of the university's geography department and its Bertolon School of Business. This is the first graduate-level certificate of its kind on the North Shore, considered a growing tourist destination with a bright employment outlook in the hospitality services and tourism sectors.

Among those serving on the board of benefactors are Salem State trustee and Legal Sea Foods president/CEO, Roger Berkowitz.  Dr. Richard Elia, publisher of The Quarterly Review of Wine, Erwin Schinnerl, general manager of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel-Boston and Mr. Carmine Martignetti, CEO of Carolina Wines, are representative of the nine additional members of the board drawn from a broad spectrum of the hospitality and tourism industry, including executive chefs, leading authorities on wine and beverages, and senior-level day spa and hotel managers.

According to Berkowitz, whose iconic restaurants number 32 and stretch from Boston to Florida, “Travel and tourism comprise the world’s largest commercial service sector industry; the restaurant business alone remains one of the nation’s largest private-sector employers, comprising nine percent of the U.S. work force.”  Despite the current economic dip, both are predicted to show growth through 2014.

“Hospitality and tourism are more than just important professions: they are about culture, about civilization and about life itself,” added Elia, who—in addition to his position as a professor of English at Salem State—is a well respected oenophile with in-depth knowledge of the wine industry. 

The program is designed for mid-career professionals wishing to transition into the industry from another field, those already in the industry, but who wish to transition into upper-level positions, and recent graduates wishing to enhance their skills in ways that will make them more marketable. In addition to faculty from the university's geography department and the management department within the Bertolon School of Business, students will study with senior practitioners who are managers in some of the largest hospitality organizations in the area.

The course of study will cover a variety of specialized areas and industry best practices in hotel operations, food and beverage management, travel destinations, casino operations, and conference and convention management.  Graduates of the program will be equipped to pursue management positions in a broad range of careers including lodging, restaurant, resort or tourist operations, event planning, and on tourist boards. 

The graduate certificate program in hospitality and tourism management commences in the fall 2010 semester. Further information on the program is available at salemstate.edu/hospitality, by emailing rluther@salemstate.edu or by calling the School of Graduate Studies at 978.542.6323.

Salem State, established in 1854, is a comprehensive, publicly supported institution of higher learning located approximately 15 miles north of Boston, Massachusetts. The university enrolls over 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students representing 27 states and 65 nations, and is one of the largest state universities in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

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