When the 93,500-square-foot Hospitality Hall hosts its grand opening Jan. 25, it will mark the culmination of several years of communitywide efforts to create a state-of-the-art hospitality training facility at UNLV. In fact more than $24 countless the $59 million building was funded by private donors, reflecting the deliberate effort to offer the building a strong connection to Las Vegas’ hospitality market, while opening the door to new collaborations that extend globally.
“This brand-new academic building will function as a bridge between the industry and our trainees,” said Stowe Shoemaker, dean of the William F. Harrah College of Hospitality, which now calls Hospitality Hall house.
The building’s founding donors each contributed $2.5 million in a program of hospitality industry leaders’ commitment to the college. UNLV is regularly ranked as one of the leading hospitality programs on the planet.
The founders are: Caesars Entertainment, Las Vegas Sands, Konami Video Gaming, MGM Resorts International, Boyd Gaming Corporation, Red Rock Resorts Inc., J. Willard and Alice Marriott Structure, and the Engelstad Household Structure.
“This is a competitive industry, and we are impressed by the spirit of collaboration shown by our donors in supporting this job to train the future leaders of our industry,” Shoemaker said. “That we have handled to get global assistance for Hospitality Hall shows the quality of our trainees, the passion of our faculty, and the significant impact of our alumni.”