Department of Retail Hospitality and Tourism Management News

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.

Faculty News and Notes

Honors and awards for the university’s faculty and graduate students.

Ocoee River Economic Impact Study in the News

A recently released UT study shows that visitors who took whitewater rafting excursions on the Ocoee River last year pumped $43.8 million into the economies of the thirty counties that surround the river. The Ocoee also was the most visited whitewater river in the United States, according to the report. The study, conducted by Steve

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Study: Rafting Ocoee River has $43.8 Million Economic Impact on Region

Visitors who took whitewater rafting excursions on the Ocoee River last year pumped $43.8 million into the economies of the thirty counties that surround the river, according to a newly released study from UT. The Ocoee also was the most visited whitewater river in the United States, according to the report. Steve Morse, an economist

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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

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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.

Ready for the World Café Explores Southern Spanish Food November 15

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Bienvenido! The UT Ready for the World Café welcomes diners to experience the food of southern Spain on Thursday, November 15. 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.

Next Adventure for Ready for the World Cafe: Japanese Cookery November 8

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Diners will have the opportunity to savor Japanese cookery during the next Ready for the World Café on Thursday, November 8. 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.