The best hospitality program is at Florida Atlantic University! The FAU Hospitality and Tourism Management Program is one of the “gems” of FAU with over 1000 students taking courses each semester. Their students range from industry executives seeking certificates in club management, hospitality & tourism management, casino management, or meetings & events….to MBAs with a specialization in hospitality or their bachelor of business administration (BBA).

FAU Hospitality and Tourism Management College of Business Florida Atlantic University

FAU's business school model of hospitality education supports the South Florida workforce and beyond. Did you know that hospitality and tourism is the #1 private employer in the state of Florida and in 39 other US states? FAU continues to be highly ranked as a Top 10 program in Florida, a Top 30 undergraduate program nationally, and an MBA ranked as high as Top 2 for its ability to produce top quality graduates.

FAU is committed to providing the finest education, research, programs and facilities for their students, faculty and community members. They are ensuring the university successfully continues its long-term success and ability to provide the best educational opportunities to the next generation of leaders.

Peter Ricci, a hospitality leader, with 25+ years’ experience in the tourism industry and academia, has focused on developing the Hospitality and Tourism Management program at Florida Atlantic University (FAU), part of the Florida state university system (SUS). The program is AACSB-accredited and located within the College of Business offering both bachelor's (BBA) and MBA degrees in Hospitality & Tourism Management. 

Given the recent health pandemic, Peter went to the Dean of the College of Business and the President of the University to ask if they could offer a FREE online Hospitality and Tourism Management Certificate program. Expecting no more than 1,000 students, they already have 70,000 registered students! I was in the first cohort to earn the certificate. 

Peter's leading industry roles include GM at major brands of Hilton, Holiday Inn, Best Western, Ramada, Radisson, and Crowne Plaza. Additional stops in food & beverage (F&B), meeting planning/incentives, hotel sales & marketing, destination marketing, hospitality education, and short stints with travel agencies and airlines in the earlier years.

He has also been immersed in tourism education at the University of Florida, Florida International University, University of Central Florida, Florida State University, Keiser University, St. Leo University, Miami-Dade College, Valencia College, St. Thomas University, and Florida Atlantic University.

He has authored/co-authored 20+ scholarly refereed articles in hospitality tourism journals, 30+ conference proceedings, numerous industry articles, poster presentations, one book, and one academic book chapter.

The FAU Hospitality & Tourism Management program has experienced over 1000% growth since its inception. To maintain the program’s 80%+ job placement, he is regularly involved with fundraising, curriculum design, and industry partnerships.

Peter has been honored with the Dr. Peter Ricci Scholarship through the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International’s (HSMAI) South Florida chapter. He has won numerous teaching awards: Professor of the Year, Excellence in Teaching and Dean's Distinguished Fellowship. He is also a Distinguished Alumnus of UF.

The Certificate in Hospitality & Tourism Management covered 5 modules of curriculum: The Law & You: Information for The Hospitality Professional; Competencies For Hospitality Success & Career Preparation; Basics of Hospitality Marketing & Revenue Management; Fundamentals of Hospitality Industry Finance; Excellence in Service: It's ALL About The Guest.

Florida Atlantic University Certificate of Hospitality and Tourism Management Kristine Marie Dement

I posted this message on LinkedIn, "Thank you, Peter Ricci, & Florida Atlantic University, for the opportunity to earn this certificate of Hospitality & Tourism Management. The #hospitalityindustry WILL come back!" I'm very grateful to Dr. Peter Ricci and the Florida Atlantic University leadership for so generously offering this program FREE of charge since many hospitality professionals are not working during this pandemic.

To hospitality professionals, including owners of bed and breakfast inns, who have been forced to shut their doors right now, hang in there. Dr. Ricci, several times, reassured us that the industry has overcome many other crises and it just comes back stronger. The hospitality industry (e.g. hotels, restaurants, resorts, casinos, and airports) is coming back! There's no question that it's changing, but travel and leisure will return to a "new normal." Looking to expand your education? FAU has the best hospitality program (that's my opinion, but it's also shared by many others)!

About the author 

Kristi Dement

Tapping into her love of hospitality & accommodations, as well as her talent for marketing, Kristi started Bed and Breakfast Blogging in November of 2013. She loves helping owners of B&B inns & other properties become more effective with their marketing. She is a member of the Association of Lodging Professionals. 

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