Global Hospitality and Tourism Management

GHTM at Tanglewood

Global Hospitality and Tourism Management

The Global Hospitality and Tourism Management (GH&TM) program offers a learning environment where students are challenged and encouraged to pursue unique, individual career goals in the hospitality and tourism industry while attaining the foundation necessary to be successful in the workplace.

Hear why faculty members of the Global Hospitality and Tourism Management Department love hospitality.

What can we learn now? Hear from GHTM faculty and partners in our high impact practice (HIP) program, Shoulder to Shoulder, HIP to HIP.

Are some companies that have chosen to prioritize the viability of their businesses, over the protection of their employees, deemed insensitive because they too are trying to prevent themselves from being unemployed?  

Working from home, going online, and staying connected during the Spring of 2020.

Community, Coming Together: The Business of Hospitality

In an effort to address the rapidly changing local hospitality/tourism environment, hospitality leaders gathered weekly to discuss the current and future impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in our community. Watch the discussion.

GH&TM Student Feedback Request

Please share your thoughts, questions, and concerns during this unprecedented time.

Global Hospitality and Tourism Management Internships

From Dr. Holdnak

Like the rest of the University of West Florida and the College of Business, Global Hospitality and Tourism Management department is committed to helping our students be successful in their academic endeavors whether in remote instruction, a virtual classroom or in experiential classes such as internships.

Presently, Spring 2020 semester, we have reached out to our interns to see where they are and how we can best work with them on a case by case basis. Our first priority is our graduating seniors who need the experiences to graduate this Spring. Our other priority is the students who are earlier in the three course/800 hour progression. So long as students keep up with their scheduled reports, there should be no problem with their earning credits for this term's classes.

Looking toward the future, the Hospitality Industry is being hit hard and we don’t know how and when things will shake out. We have a solid group of industry professionals and committed faculty who will help us determine the best way forward. Our intention is that students will not be left behind as they progress through our curriculum and our internship program due to the factors out of their control.  We will work with individual students and come up with a plan. An example of an option might include substituting other classes for internships on a temporary basis. As we navigate through these times, we are not sure how the future will play out with the Hospitality Industry, but decisions will be made with the future success of our graduates as our ultimate goal.

In the meantime, persons with specific questions (students, families and internship sites) should contact Dr. Andy Holdnak at

Welcome to the Department of Global Hospitality and Tourism Management, housed within the College of Business at the University of West Florida. We fulfill the needs of the local hospitality and tourism industry by creating an all-immersive, well-rounded educational experience guided by experienced faculty. 

Our mission is to develop students to become innovative hospitality leaders by providing industry-focused education, hands-on experiences, and career pathways to success.

Our programs support one of the region’s leading economic drivers – tourism. Students can specialize their hospitality education by pursuing a Bachelor of Science with the Julian & Kim MacQueen Guest Experience Management*, or Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with the Revenue Management and Predictive Analytics. Our department offers unparalleled experiential learning opportunities for students to succeed in today’s marketplace; serving as an event and program hub for industry professionals; and conducting research helping us improve the ways we do business in hospitality and tourism.

Please contact our GH&TM office at (850) 474-2774 if you have any questions, comments, or concerns. We encourage participatory feedback and welcome your inquiries. 

Read about the GH&TM academic programs
Read about the GH&TM minor


*not AACSB accredited

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