Exploring the Hospitality Industry offers broad coverage of the hospitality industry all in an easy-to-read, conversational style that is less theoretical and more industry relevant than other books. It focuses not just on restaurants and hotels but on new growth areas such as event management, meeting planning, cruising, theme parks, attractions and entertainment. Each chapter features case studies, industry practitioners and corporate profiles that emphasize the real-world issues that make up this field. Reader-friendly strategies make material meaningful and involve readers as they explore the excitement and trends in this ever-growing industry. Explores all areas of the hospitality industry including unique chapters on club management, attractions, and recreation and assemblies and event management. Emphasizes a real-world connection using features such as: Introducing Industry Practitioners and Corporate Profiles. The hospitality industry.
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Dr. John R. Walker, D.B.A., FMP, CHA, is the McKibbon Professor of Hotel and Restaurant Management at the University of South Florida, Sarasota-Manatee. John’s years of industry experience include management training at the Savoy Hotel London. This was followed by terms as food and beverage manager, assistant rooms division manager, catering managers, and general manager with Grand Metropolitan Hotels, Selsdon Park Hotel, Rank Hotels, Inter-Continental Hotels, and the Coral Reef Resort, Barbados, West Indies.
He has taught at two- and four-year schools in Canada and the United States. In addition to being a hospitality management consultant and text author, he has been published in the The Cornell Hotel Restaurant Administration Quarterly and The Hospitality Educators Journal. He is a ten-time recipient of the President’s Award for teaching, scholarship, and service; and he has received the Patnubay Award for exemplary professional performance through teaching and authorship of tourism and hospitality publications.
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