Two Hospitality and Culinary Arts Students Attend Hospitality and Tourism Conference

January 14, 2015 -- Two CNM Hospitality and Culinary Arts students volunteered earlier this month at the New Mexico Hospitality and Tourism Trends Conference sponsored by the New Mexico Hospitality Association. It was held at the Inn & Spa at Loretto in Santa Fe.
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The pair, Madyson Turner and Sara Green, worked the registration desk, ran errands and helped set up audio-visual equipment. In turn, they got to attend the conference for free and learned about trends in the hospitality business.

“This conference was a great opportunity for them,” said Victoria Sanchez Martinez, academic affairs director for CNM’s Culinary Arts & Hospitality Management programs. “They met influential leaders in the hospitality business from New Mexico and across the country and got a glimpse of the future of their field of study.”

One of the more popular speakers was futurist David Houle, who has worked at NBC and CBS, and was part of the senior executive team that created and launched MTV, Nickelodeon, VH1 and CNN Headline News. He talked about the future of brands and marketing, showing how technology, artificial intelligence, big data and other trends will influence marketing trends in the years ahead.

Other prominent speakers included Michael Dominguez, senior vice president of hotel sales for MGM Resorts International; Randy Fennessy, associate market manager for Expedia; and Jim Glover, founding partner of The Idea Group of Santa Fe.