Department of Retail Hospitality and Tourism Management News

UT Expert: Shorter Holiday Shopping Season is Boon for Consumers

The bad news: a later Thanksgiving this year means six fewer shopping days between Black Friday and Christmas. The good news, according to Ann Fairhurst, a retail professor and head of UT’s Department of Retail, Hospitality, and Tourism Management, is that consumers will likely find much better deals well into December because retailers will continue to offer steep discounts to lure shoppers in and make up for lost time.

Ready for the World Cafe Features Italian Fare October 10

UT’s Ready for the World Cafe continues its culinary journey with a taste of Italy on Thursday, October 10. The lunch consists of bruschetta, porcini mushroom polenta cake, pork osso bucco, and panna cotta. Cost is $12 and the faculty-staff discount does not apply. Advance tickets are required.

Effort Under way to Establish Endowment in Memory of Culinary Institute Founder

An effort is under way to establish an endowment scholarship fund in memory of John M. Antun, founder of the UT Culinary Institute. Wanda Costen, an associate professor in the Department of Retail, Hospitality, and Tourism Management, made the first contribution to the fund this summer. She presented a $1,000 check to Antun’s widow, Lola Antun.

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Retail, Hospitality Department to Honor Scottie Mayfield on March 16

Retail, hospitality, and tourism management students will honor milk and ice cream business owner Scottie Mayfield during their annual fundraising banquet at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 16 at the Crowne Plaza in downtown Knoxville. Students will recognize Mayfield for his role in turning a family business into one of the nation’s favorite dairy brands.

UT Study: Sevier County Tourism Shows Competitive Growth in 2012

Three quaint little East Tennessee cities—Sevierville, Gatlinburg, and Pigeon Forge—are besting competitors like Myrtle Beach and Panama City when it comes to tourism and hotel room sales. The trend will likely continue through this month and December, a boon for Sevier County as it enters the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday season, said assistant professor Steve Morse.

Ready for the World Café Delivers a Taste of Northern Spain November 20

Ready for the World

Diners at the UT Ready for the World Café will continue their travels through the Mediterranean with a taste of northern Spain on Tuesday, November 20. The café operates from noon to 1:00 p.m. in the UT Visitors Center on Neyland Drive. Advance tickets will be sold for the luncheon for $12, and the faculty-staff discount applies.