Lobby Day highlights CSU hospitality programs, industry needs
News + Events : Lobby Day highlights CSU hospitality programs, industry needs
In January, Hospitality and Tourism Management Chair Janet Sim and College of Business Dean Linda Oubré, along with groups of university presidents, students, program leaders, and industry advisors met with key committee members and local representatives in Sacramento to discuss the benefits that the CSU offers to one of California’s largest industries.
"The highlight of the HMEI Lobby Day was to experience our cohesive energy to educate legislators about the importance of CSU's hospitality management programs. Total travel spending in California was $102.3 billion in 2011, a 7.6 percent increase from 2010 spending.... supported 893,000 jobs, with earnings of $30.4 billion. San Francisco State University with 500-600 HTM (Hospitality and Tourism Management) students is hardly enough to meet the massive hospitality industry." -- Janet Sim, Professor and Chair, Hospitality and Tourism Management Department
The message was clear on Jan. 29 in Sacramento: The hospitality industry in California pumps billions of dollars each year into the state economy, and the California State University is the premier higher education institution preparing people to lead this industry. California Restaurant Association, 01/31/2013