New hotel, investment to help prepare HRTM students for hospitality careers

In July 2019, the School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management, based in the NMSU College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, celebrated the opening of the Courtyard by Marriot, a 126-room hotel built on NMSU property that will serve as an experiential learning environment for HRTM students.

The Courtyard by Marriott near the NMSU campus celebrated its grand opening in July 2019. The 126-room hotel offers real world, hands-on experience to NMSU students through jobs and internships.

The hotel, developed and managed by Total Management Systems, will offer real world, hands-on experience to HRTM students through jobs and internships. Students also will receive career training from TMS executives as part of a classroom lecture series that provides insight into hotel management skills.

To further hospitality career exploration, the school will use a four-year, $400,000 investment from the J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation to create a Hospitality Futures Center. The new center will promote the importance of hospitality education and illustrate the broad career paths in the changing industry. 

Part of the funding will help refine existing recruiting, outreach and professional development programs, and design new hospitality career workshops targeted to high school students, teachers, guidance counselors and community college students.

Carlos Andres López ’10