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Priyanko Guchait
University of Houston

2021 West Federation CHRIE Conference, February 18-20

Priyanko Guchait, President, West Federation

Please join us for the 2021 West Federation CHRIE Conference on February 18-20, 2021 hosted by the School of Hotel and Restaurant Management at Northern Arizona University. The theme of this year’s conference is "Hospitality Stronger, Together". This regional conference will offer a diverse array of opportunities, for both WFCHRIE members and non-members, industry, as it will focus on a broad range of topics related to education, industry, and research in hospitality and tourism.

Please check out our conference highlights: 

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Here are the conference links with a short description of each element:

Schedule at a Glance 
We invite you to join us even if you did not submit a paper/poster. The 2021 virtual WFCHRIE conference will be fun, engaging, meaningful and innovative. There are several new elements in addition to the academic presentations which you will find valuable and beneficial.

There are three panel presentations by keynote speakers during the conference. The speakers are from diverse sectors of the services industry which makes the panel sessions exciting. 
  1. The Future of Hospitality and Hospitality of the Future.
  2. Reshaping Hospitality Education
  3. Diversity and Inclusion in the Hospitality Industry
Professional Development Sessions
There are three professional development sessions. These sessions are a great opportunity for attendees to learn from top instructors, researchers, and college administrators respectively.
  1. Effective teaching techniques
  2. Contemporary research design and analysis techniques
  3. Career Planning and Development.  
Networking Sessions
There are three networking sessions. (These networking sessions are open and free for all. You do not need to register for the conference in order to attend this session. We invite you to join your cohort and discuss challenges, solutions, and opportunities and make lasting connections.
  1. Early stage doctoral students
  2. Late stage doctoral students
  3. Junior/New Faculty

Research Hackathon
We have six teams comprising of 24 faculty members from various ICHRIE federations and universities participating in our first ever Research Hackathon. This is a platform where researchers from different universities and diverse hospitality disciplines work in teams to create a unique and new multi-disciplinary research project proposal. Each team will present their proposal to judges, Dr. Fevzi Okumus and Dr. Bruce Tracey, at the conference. Teams were created based on members’ expertise in their own discipline and their research interest. The winning proposal/s will get invited to submit their full paper to IJCHM/CHQ by Sep 30, 2021 that goes through a fast-tracked review process and a possible publication at IJCHM/CHQ. This is a terrific opportunity for researchers to work on a multi-disciplinary research project and possibly achieve a paper publication. Also, this gives a collaboration and networking opportunity to faculty outside their respective programs and universities.

Undergraduate Research Competition
The first ever undergraduate research competition at WFCHRIE provides an opportunity to promote undergraduate research in hospitality.  The competition is being generously sponsored by the College of Merchandising, Hospitality, & Tourism, at University of North Texas. 14 teams from various universities and countries have been selected as finalists to present their research at the conference.

Graduate Program Information Session and Academic Career Fair
We have organized a graduate program information session and academic career fair for schools to promote their graduate programs and job positions. (This session will be open and free for all. You do not need to register for the conference in order to attend this session).

There will be three best paper awards and a best reviewer award. The awards are being generously sponsored by the Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management at University of Houston. A innovative proposal (research in progress) award is being sponsored by Northern Arizona University. 

Finally, no WFCHRIE conference is complete without some elements of fun. Keeping that in mind, we have organized a virtual lunch, and we will enjoy wines from California and Washington State at our wine social (based on eligibility), also virtually.   

Registration for the conference is low – just $49 for faculty and graduate students, and $10 for undergraduate students. Please visit our conference website for details:


Federation Overview
Meet the West Federation Board


Call for Proposals


Information Here


Full Conference Brochure



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