International Tourism Association Awards NU Student, Names NU Professor President

May 15, 2014  |  by Michael Freedman

Best Paper Award

Eileen Roehrle, winner of the 2014 Best Paper Award from the Korea America Hospitality and Tourism Educators Association, stands with Dr. Chang Huh, an associate professor at NU.

Niagara University was well-represented at a conference held in Las Vegas for an international association of hospitality and tourism educators.

Eileen Roehrle, a student matriculating toward a dual degree from NU and the International University of Applied Sciences in Germany, received the Best Undergraduate Research Paper Award at the 2014 Korea America Hospitality and Tourism Educators Association Conference, held April 25-26.

Also during the conference, Dr. Chang Huh, an associate professor in NU’s College of Hospitality and Tourism Management, was elected to serve as president of the organization for a two-year term.

“This recognition speaks directly to the very high quality of the students and professors at Niagara University,” said Dr. Gary Praetzel, dean of NU’s College of Hospitality and Tourism Management. “I commend Eileen and Dr. Huh for the excellent work they’ve done to receive such an honor from a well-respected international association.”

Roehrle, of Bad Honnef, Germany, follows Niagara alumnae Isa Witte and Anika Loeffler in winning the Best Paper Award, which comes with a plaque and $500. Roehrle’s paper was titled A Profile of Luxury Hotel Guests in Sustainable Green Services: A Posteriori Market Segment Approach.

Entries for the Best Paper Award were judged based on the topic relevance and contribution of research to existing knowledge, sound methodology and statistical analysis, structure and clarity of writing, and conclusions and implications.

Conference participants included professors, researchers and industry practitioners from the U.S., China, Korea, Philippines and Australia.

The Korea America Hospitality & Tourism Educators Association (KAHTEA) fosters academic and professional collaboration and networking between hospitality educators and industry professionals in both Korea and America.

Roehrle is a matriculating toward a degree in hospitality management from NU as well as from her highly-regarded home institution in Bad Honnef, Germany. The partnership is one of the many unique programs offered through NU’s accredited College of Hospitality and Tourism Management.

For more information on Niagara University’s College of Hospitality and Tourism Management, please call 716.286.8279 or visit www.niagara.edu/hospitality.