Department of Retail Hospitality and Tourism Management News

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.

Students Place Second in National Retail Marketing Case Competition

Students from the Retail and Consumer Sciences Program recently placed second in the National Retail Marketing Case Competition. The contest, which took place at Indiana University, was sponsored by the Center for Retailing at Indiana’s Kelley School of Business, Kohl’s Department Stores, Dick’s Sporting Goods, and Rapp Collins Advertising.

Ready for the World Café Serves up a Taste of Jolly Old England

The Ready for the World Café at UT Knoxville will offer diners a taste of England on Tuesday, October 18. The Ready for the World Café is a weekly, full-service, fine-dining experience with international themes. It now operates in the UT Visitors Center, 2712 Neyland Drive.

Heirs of ‘Rocky Top’ song to Launch Institute to Enable UT Students to Develop Brand

More than forty years ago, Boudleaux and Felice Bryant composed “Rocky Top,” which quickly became the theme song at University of Tennessee sporting events. The couple’s heirs, Dane and Del Bryant, have entered into a contractual partnership with UT and have donated money for the creation of the Rocky Top Institute, which will allow students to build the Rocky Top brand and develop new products.

National Business Executives to Give UT Students Glimpse of Future in Retail

Saks Fifth Avenue chairman and chief executive officer Stephen I. Sadove will be on campus October 4 to give University of Tennessee students a glimpse of what their future could be in the retail industry. Sadove kicks off the October speaker series hosted by the Retail and Consumer Science program of UT’s Department of Retail, Hospitality, and Tourism Management.

UT Students to Design, Market Walgreens Products to Gain Real-world Experience

UT Knoxville retail students starting Tuesday, September 20, will promote a variety of shirt styles they’ve designed for Walgreens as part of a competition that gives them real-world experience in developing and marketing new products. Five teams of students, through the Walgreens Volprentice Challenge, will set up their merchandise displays at partner Knoxville-area stores.

In Memoriam: John Antun

John Antun, associate professor in the Department of Retail, Hospitality, and Tourism Management in the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences and director of UT’s Culinary Institute, died Monday after a six-month battle with pancreatic cancer. Visitation will be held Thursday and Friday, followed by a service and mass Friday afternoon.