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[BU Today] Adventure in Thailand: SHA Undergrads Study Ecotourism

Yunmei (Mabel) Bai, SHA's assistant professor of revenue management, along with eight SHA students, recently embarked on a service-learning trip to Thailand to explore the complexities of global tourism. With the focus on understanding the environmental and social impacts of tourism, the trip provided invaluable insights through hands-on experiences such... More

[The Travel Leader Podcast] Start Up Mentality with Arun Upneja

In this insightful episode of The Travel Leader podcast, Rachel Vandenberg sits down with Arun Upneja, Dean and Professor of the School of Hospitality Administration at Boston University. Dean Upneja shares his extensive knowledge and experience in the hospitality industry, offering valuable perspectives on driving change, fostering innovation, and developing... More

[BU Today] What BU Foodies Have to Say about The Bear

Excerpt from BU Today: The long-awaited third season of FX’s hit comedy/drama The Bear premieres June 26. In last season’s finale, a stressed-out Carmen “Carmy” Berzatto (2023 Emmy winner Jeremy Allen White) is a colossal jerk to his staff and family and subsequently gets locked in the walk-in fridge during the biggest night... More

[Really? no, Really? Podcast] The Billion Dollar Nap: The Rise of Sleep Tourism

In this episode of "Really? no, Really?" hosts Jason Alexander and Peter Tilden delve into the intriguing world of "Sleep Tourism" with Kaushik Vardharajan, an Associate Professor of the Practice and Director of the Real Estate and Innovation and Entrepreneurship Programs at Boston University's School of Hospitality Administration. With millions... More

The Valedictorian Project: student’s path to college graduation at SHA

We are thrilled to celebrate Wilsi Taveras, a 2024 Boston University School of Hospitality Administration graduate and a standout member of the first cohort from The Valedictorian Project. The Valedictorian Project is a nonprofit mentoring program that pairs Boston Public School valedictorians with mentors to help them navigate and succeed in their college and professional... More

[BISNOW] Investors Want To Buy Into Boston’s Improving Hotel Market, But Deals Are Still Scarce

As the weather warms, Boston is drawing not only flocks of tourists but also a host of hotel investors. Boston was ranked the fifth-most-attractive hotel investment market in the nation for 2024, behind New York City, Miami, San Francisco and Charleston, South Carolina, according to CBRE's Global Hotel Investor Intentions Survey. However, high... More

Lisa Lutoff-Perlo announced as SHA 2024 Convocation Speaker

Boston University School of Hospitality Administration (BU SHA) is proud to announce the 2024 Convocation Speaker, Lisa Lutoff-Perlo. The School’s 41st Convocation is on Saturday, May 18, 2024, at BU's George Sherman Union Metcalf Ballroom. Lutoff-Perlo was recently appointed as President & CEO of FIFA World Cup 2026 Miami Host Committee... More

[BU Today] Does “Tipping Fatigue” Justify Paying Minimum Wage to Tipped Workers?

“Tipping fatigue has hit American consumers hard,” ABC News reported about the backlash to burgeoning gratuity requests for things such as takeout. Two-thirds of Americans have negative views of tipping, according to a 2023 survey. The Massachusetts legislature has until tomorrow, April 30, to place a tipping-related question on the November ballot; if it doesn’t, More

[AFAR] Michelin Unveils New Hotel Ratings, Michelin “Keys”

Only 11 hotels in the United States were awarded Michelin's highest distinction as part of the company's newly announced hotel rating system. The system is similar to Michelin's restaurant guide but instead of stars, hotels are given "keys": three denoting the top honor, or an "extraordinary stay"; two marking hotels that... More

My Secrets to Stamina – Interview: The Collaborative Leader, BU School of Hospitality Administration, Dean Arun Upneja

"Welcome to the 2nd quarter! So excited to have this guest on - Dr. Arun Upneja, the Dean of Boston University’s School of Hospitality Administration since 2013.   Dean Arun is a forward-looking strategic thinker with an inclusive and collaborative leadership style.  As Dean, he has embarked on a transformational change... More