Niagara University’s College of Hospitality, Sport and Tourism Management has established an affiliation with the Extended Stay Lodging Association, a trade association dedicated to advancing the extended-stay lodging industry. This affiliation is groundbreaking, as Niagara University CoHST becomes the first hospitality school to join forces with ESLA, marking a collaboration between academia and the extended-stay lodging industry.

The partnership will enhance the education experience for the students, offering them valuable insights, resources, and connections within the extended-stay segment. By bridging the gap between academic knowledge and industry experience, this partnership will provide students with a true understanding of the evolving hospitality landscape.

“We are proud to accept the invitation from ESLA, which will provide specific educational opportunities to our hospitality students focused on the extended-stay segment,” said Dr. Bridget Niland, CoHST dean. “We believe this affiliation will expand our curriculum with current industry data, an educational library, and allow us to gain ample access to active industry experts, executives, and an association with hoteliers.” 

“We are thrilled to welcome Niagara University as our first hospitality school affiliate,” said Doug Artusio, chairman and founder of the Extended Stay Lodging Association. “This affiliation reflects ESLA’s commitment to fostering education, innovation, and collaboration within the extended-stay lodging industry. Working closely with academic institutions like Niagara University is crucial for shaping the next generation of hospitality and extended-stay professionals.” 

The College of Hospitality, Sport and Tourism Management provides an innovative, culturally diverse, high-quality education that prepares students for leadership roles in the experience economy by promoting professionalism and integrating technology, international opportunities, and experiential learning.