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Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Management at SUNY Plattsburgh

Prepare for a Career in a Leading Industry

Our program is designed to prepare you for a 21st century career in a field that will soon be the largest employer in the world. A program requirement of 800 hours of fieldwork greatly enhances your understanding of the industry.

The hotel, restaurant, and tourism management program combines liberal arts with professional studies, giving you tools for making sound professional decisions. The hotel, restaurant, and tourism management program at SUNY Plattsburgh combines theory with hands-on experience in food service, lodging, tourism, international hospitality, marketing leadership, management and accounting.

The program's strong business management emphasis makes it easy for you to earn a business minor while completing your hotel, restaurant, and tourism management degree requirements.


The hotel, restaurant, and tourism management program allows you to:

  • Understand fundamental theory through our core curriculum courses;
  • Gain hands-on experience through fieldwork at places such as Walt Disney, Tamaya Hyatt Resort, Sagamore, Lake Placid Lodge, Spirit Cruises, Pelican Bay;
  • Prepare for a career in all sectors of the tourism industry including food and beverage management, lodging operations, hospitality marketing, tourism, and international hospitality.

Our Mission Statement

The Department of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management prepares hospitality industry graduates possessing technical, managerial and professional knowledge and skills both at a theoretical and at a practical, applied and experiential level, and who also possess both a basic business education as found at an AACSB accredited school and a liberal arts education best found at a comprehensive liberal arts college. The department educates future hospitality management professionals within a unique program of exceptional value within the world's largest university system. The department offers its experience and expertise to the community, to the region, and to the hospitality profession.

Our Courses and Career Opportunities

Specialized courses in this program help you select a particular field for a career specialization. Our students have had work experience at Walt Disney World, the Waldorf Astoria, Radisson Hotels and Spirit Cruises as well as at a myriad of other restaurants, lodging, and tourism businesses including:

  • Convention and meetings management.
  • Food-service management.
  • Lodging-operations management.
  • Resort development and management.
  • Tourism planning.

We prepare students for careers in food service, lodging, resorts, convention planning, travel and tours, cruise lines, theme parks, event management, and much more.

Program of Study


Student Michelle Zimmerman talks about the HRTM program

With internships, a semester abroad in Sydney, Australia, and loads of hands-on course experience Michelle is ready to hit the ground running.


Hotel, Restaurant & Tourism Management in Plattsburgh Magazine

Read about the hotel, restaurant and tourism management program, the Samuel D's facility, how the program has grown over the years and what current students think about the program. You can also find out what several of our alumni are doing now and how the HRTM program helped them get where they are.


Questions, Comments, Suggestions?

If you would like more information about hotel, restaurant, and tourism management at SUNY Plattsburgh, please contact

Mr. Peter Ensel, Interim Chair
Office: Sibley Hall 403D
Phone: (518) 564-4208

SUNY Plattsburgh
101 Broad Street
Sibley Hall
Plattsburgh, NY 12901