2021 West Federation CHRIE Conference, February 18-20
Priyanko Guchait, President, West Federation
The 2021 West Federation CHRIE Conference was a huge success with over 350 attendees and over 75 submissions! The virtual conference was hosted by the School of Hotel and Restaurant Management at Northern Arizona University on February 18-20, 2021. The theme of this year’s conference was "Hospitality Stronger, Together". This regional conference offered a diverse array of opportunities, for both WFCHRIE members and non-members, industry, as it focused on a broad range of topics related to education, industry, and research in hospitality and tourism. The conference was fun, engaging, meaningful and innovative. There were several new elements in addition to the academic presentations which our attendees found valuable and beneficial. Some of the conference highlights are presented below.
Panel and Professional Development Sessions
There were three professional development sessions. These sessions were a great opportunity for attendees to learn from top instructors, researchers, and college administrators respectively.
Please use the link (https://www.wfchrie.com/conference-panel-and-session-videos) to access all the panel session video recordings. Please share these valuable resources with your students, colleagues, and industry partners.
Best Paper Award Winners
The winners were:
BEST PAPER AWARD: FOR EDUCATION TRACK: Changing what we teach in restaurant management and culinary labs in response to COVID-19. Jean Hertzman, New Mexico State University; Andrew Moreo, Florida International University; and Patrick Moreo, University of South Florida.
BEST POSTER AWARD: Excuse me, could you please put on your mask?: An investigation into the influence of face covering regulations on restaurant customer attitudes and behaviors. Jamie Levitt, Fresno State University
BEST REVIEWER AWARD: Shiang-Lih Chen McCain, Colorado Mesa University
INNOVATIVE AWARD FOR THE MOST IMPACTFUL RESEARCH PROPOSAL: Investigating differences in group travelers repurchase intentions to stay at short-term rentals Yang Zhou, Texas Tech University; Matthew Bauman, Purdue University Northwest; Jessica Yuan, Texas Tech University
Undergraduate Research Competition Winners
First Place: How Airlines Respond to the Pandemic on Twitter: An Application of Situational Crisis Communication Theory. University of North Texas
Second Place: Recovery of hotels in Hong Kong from the protests: Evidence from tourist’ emotional changes. The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Third Place: Millennials’ Perceptions of Staycation in Hong Kong Under Covid-19: A Qualitative Approach. The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Honorary Award 1: An Investigation on Factors that Influence Customer Satisfcation in the Restaurant Industry. Colorado Mesa University
Honorary Award 2: Blame it on the Virus: Effect of COVID-19 message on the relationship between layoff and survivors' prosocial rule-breaking behaviors. University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Graduate Program Information Session and Academic Career Fair
We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the attendees for making this conference special. Also, I would like to thank our industry sponsors (Knowledge Matters, EthicsGame, Rouxbe, and Highway 12) and our university sponsors (NAU, UH, UNT, UNLV, WSU, CalPoly Pomona, CalState East Bay, Hong Kong Poly, NMSU, MSU Denver, Colorado Mesa, and CalState San Bernardino; the conference would not have been successful without their support.
Finally, WFCHRIE has several board positions open including Vice President, Director of Member Services, Director of Networking, and Treasurer. The call for nominations have already been sent out.
Please let us know if you have any questions about the conference and/or about WFCHRIE.
INFORMATION ABOUT FEDERATION
2021 CALL FOR PROPOSALS
2021 UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH COMPETITION
2021 WEST FEDERATION CONFERENCE