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New degree focuses on booming hospitality, tourism industry

June 25, 2012

KOKOMO, Ind. —The travel and tourism industry has the greatest potential for growth of any industry in the world, accounting for 8 percent of all jobs, according to the World Travel and Tourism Council.

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Indiana University Kokomo will tap into that market with its new Bachelor of Science in Hospitality and Tourism, following the IU Board of Trustees approval Friday (June 22). Final approval is expected from the Indiana Commission for Higher Education.

"This is a historic moment in the life of the School of Business at IU Kokomo," said Erwin Boschmann, dean of the School of Business. "We will be offering a new major program for students interested in studying the business of hospitality and tourism."

This degree option continues the campus' commitment of transforming the region, by assessing need and demand, and intentionally offering relevant new programs.

"One of the key goals of IU Kokomo, under the leadership of Chancellor Michael Harris, has been to transform north central Indiana. This degree contributes to that transformation because it provides a brand new area of study and opportunities not available before," said Susan Sciame-Giesecke, executive vice chancellor of academic affairs. "Students now will be able to enter careers in hospitality and tourism as the region seeks to diversify the economy. The School of Business is the perfect fit for this program. We are an engaged campus on the move, and are excited about this new direction."

Graduates of this degree program will be future leaders and planners for convention centers, hotels, restaurants, and travel agencies.

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.

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