Hospitality and Tourism Management

Few places of the world are better suited to study Hospitality and Tourism Management than in Hawai`i, one of the world's greatest tourist destinations. Students will have the opportunity to experience a living laboratory of tourism management; with over 8 million tourists visiting per year, tourism is the heart of Hawai`i's economy. Through internships and partnership projects with major hotels and travel providers, plus one of the most diverse cultural student and faculty populations, affiliations with major global associations and professional travel clubs, HTM students are often already connected to their first career position when they graduate.

The Hospitality and Tourism Management concentration will expose students to all aspects of hospitality and tourism from a management focus. The courses combine theory and practice with opportunities for project-based learning, group projects, and field experiences to prepare students to be professional-ready global leaders in the field of hospitality & tourism. 600 hours of work experience in the hospitality-related field is required.

The HLTA Generational Mentoring (GM) program pairs students with seasoned executives from Hawai‘i’s visitor industry and incorporates a curriculum built by HLTA in partnership with Arthur Sarkissian, founder of Here and Now Consulting. Over the course of six months, students will be given the opportunity to establish their personal brand, build upon their leadership skills, and grow a rapport with their mentor.

The following students from HPU have been selected for the 2018-2019 GM program:

Caroline Tams

Hanako Adachi

Roland Pira

Samantha Londynsky

Dr. Wendy Lam's Travel Industry Marketing class (HTM 3610) will work on a marketing plan project with Paradise Bay Resort in Fall 2018. The students met with the resort's General Manager Brandi Peralta, Asset Manager William Koo and five department heads on Sept. 20, 2018.

Hospitality and Tourism Management major Samantha Londynsky is the recipient of the 2018-19 Skal Memorial Scholarship.


On April 9, 2018, students in Dr. Wendy Lam's HTM 3220 Special Event Management class planned and organized ClimbHI's LEI (Leadership, Exploration, Inspiration) Career Fair at the Hawai'i Convention Center. LEI is a Hawai'i Tourism Authority (HTA) sponsored workforce development project created by ClimbHI to inspire Hawai'i's youth to select careers in Hawai'i's visitory industry. Over 600 high school students and 66 businesses attended the event.

The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)