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Earlier this month, Missouri State University student members of the Eta Sigma Delta (ESD) International Hospitality Management Honor Society traveled to New York City for one of the biggest weekends in the hospitality industry.
“The goals of the trip were to interact with ESD students from other schools across the U.S., network with hospitality industry leaders, and learn about the latest trends in the hospitality industry,” MSU hospitality leadership professor Dr. Yoshimasa (Nancy) Kageyama said. “I’m so glad our students can travel to connect with industry leaders and broaden their horizons in a big city.”
To kick off the trip on Nov. 12, students attended the Eta Sigma Delta Networking and Professional Breakfast in the New Jersey area.
“During the breakfast session, students learned from a panel of country club general managers about the trends in this sector and how to be successful in the hospitality industry,” Kageyama said. “Students also networked with hospitality students from other universities and panelists. At the end of the morning session, students toured the club to learn the amenities offered.”
The next day, students attended HX: The Hotel Experience at Jacob Javits Convention Center.
Many people in the industry attend the event, such as hotel executives, design firms and developers.
In all, the trip was valuable.
“Besides attending those professional events, students also organized their own fun activities to visit attractions at NYC,” Kageyama said. “I believe the trip to NYC has provided students the opportunities to bond as a group and create precious memories in their college life.”