Centers & Institutes

The centers and institutes of the L. Robert Payne School of Hospitality & Tourism Management play an integral role in the academic and professional development of our students. Faculty resource professional relationships and conduct research in their respective industries, allowing students to participate in meaningful, real-world service learning opportunities locally and across the globe. Our alumni serve as key advisers and provide a critical link to the professional community. Participation in a center’s programs creates the ideal marriage of college, community, and career.

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The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation Student Center for Professional Development

The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation Student Center for Professional Development provides support for internship programs related to the hospitality industry.

The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation Student Center for Professional Development
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Conrad N. Hilton Foundation Volunteer and Mentorship Center

The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation Volunteer and Mentorship Center engages with area high schools to provide learning opportunities for underserved youth.

Conrad N. Hilton Foundation Volunteer and Mentorship Center
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Center for Surf Research

The Center for Surf Research responds to the challenges of a rapidly expanding surfing industry and the broadening horizons of surf tourism and its impact on peoples, environments, and economies along the coastlines of more than 100 countries.

Center for Surf Research
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Sycuan Institute on Government Gaming

The Sycuan Institute on Government Gaming produces and funds original academic research related to the legal gambling industry with an emphasis on tribal government gaming.

Sycuan Institute on Government Gaming
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Institute for Meetings and Events

The Institute for Meetings and Events is focused on education and research dedicated to the application of professional principals in meetings and events.

Institute for Meetings and Events
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Institute for Leisure and Tourism Management

The Institute for Leisure and Tourism Management focuses on conducting leisure-related research, promoting professional development, disseminating specialized publications, and organizing conferences, seminars, lectures, and workshops.

Institute for Leisure and Tourism Management
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Center for Hospitality and Tourism Research

The Center for Hospitality and Tourism Research is an education and research center dedicated to the study and application of professional principles in the broad field of hospitality and tourism.

Center for Hospitality and Tourism Research