The University of Houston Conrad
N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management has changed its name to the Conrad N. Hilton College of Global Hospitality Leadership. Paula Myrick Short, senior vice president for academic affairs, says, “The new name not only reflects the role of Hilton College as a global leader in hospitality education, but also supports its mission to prepare the industry’s future leaders.”

A market research firm conducted an eight-month query process for the name change. Funded by an anonymous donor, more than 30 one-on-one interviews were conducted, followed by a far-reaching survey that yielded some 350 responses from alumni, advisory board members, students, faculty, staff, recruiters, and deans and directors from hospitality programs around the world.

When Hilton College was established in 1969, there were 39 students and three adjunct professors. Today, there are about 1,000 students from 30 countries, 32 full-time faculty and seven degree programs. The college has graduated nearly 10,000 students who work in hospitality leadership positions around the world. Hilton College is the only hospitality program in the world where students work and take classes in an internationally branded, full-service hotel.

Currently, Hilton University of Houston (the college’s teaching hotel) is undergoing a $30.4 million expansion and renovation. The project includes the addition of a five-story, 70-room guest tower scheduled to open early next year.

Planners looking for a destination with an array of venue types, all catering to small-scaled meetings, and fun after-hours entertainment need look no further than McKinney, located just 30 miles north of Dallas. Whether historic, nature-based, modern, or situated in a Croatian village, McKinney’s venues are designed to meet your needs and exceed your expectations.


Engage with peers and leaders in Plano, Texas, during this learning and networking event.

The Texas Association of Convention & Visitor Bureaus has announced the location of its 2023 Winter Conference. Attendees will gather in Plano, Texas, from January 17-20, 2023. The yearly event gives destination marketing organization staff and leadership the opportunity to learn from expert presenters, meet industry mentors, and find camaraderie in an atmosphere of learning and innovation.


Event hosts can choose whether the view rotates or stays put.

The iconic Reunion Tower in downtown Dallas will soon welcome a new restaurant, Crown Block steakhouse. Reunion Tower restaurants have been renown over the years for their slowly rotating view of the city. However, owners and husband-wife business partners Kim Canteenwalla and Elizabeth Blau have chosen to keep the dining area stationary. The previous restaurant, Wolfgang Puck’s Five Sixty, spun 360 degrees, but it closed in 2020 during the pandemic.