Laura Wong, an HTM Senior, had an incredible experience visiting Las Vegas with Tassie Pippert and 4 other HTM students over Spring Break. Please take a look at what wonderful opportunities Las Vegas offered for these traveling Seniors!
As a senior in the hospitality and tourism management program it’s great to finally be able to be given the opportunity to take a variety of different hospitality electives where we can apply what we have learned in our introductory classes. The HTM451 course is an entertainment management course where we have learned about the different aspects of the gaming industry; specifically rules and etiquette when gaming at casinos. It was so much fun to take what we learned in the class room out to the casinos of Las Vegas. As one of the top destinations for hospitality, Las Vegas did not disappoint. Whether one is interested in hotel management, food and beverage, clubs, or events management, Las Vegas has it all. As a group we were lucky enough to be given a tour of one of the newest Las Vegas hotel properties: The Cosmopolitan. On the tour, we learned about the various VIP services that were offered through the hotel for their high end clientele and high rollers. We even got to see one of the penthouse rooms and a three story bungalow! We also had the opportunity to learn how The Cosmopolitan is differentiating itself from some of the other well-known hotels and casinos through their Identity Membership Card. Because The Cosmopolitan is a newer property in Las Vegas, and does not have an infamous name, it is able to bring in new guests through its stellar guest services and high quality food establishments. My personal favorite was Holstein’s Burger and Shakes. There I tasted the Rising Sun Burger that was marinated with teriyaki sauce, spicy mayo, and a tempura avocado. If that doesn’t sound delicious enough, they also have a variety of milkshakes ranging from the classic cookies and cream to a cereal flavored shake! Although there was so much to do, my favorite part of the trip would probably be walking around all the different hotel properties. I almost felt star struck by the establishments because they are all so high profile and talked about. It was so interesting to finally see each hotel in person and how not only the different themes of each hotel differed but also how they utilized entertainment to draw in guests. -Laura Wong, 2013