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Joan Remington Named Tourism Professional of the Year by
Florida International University School of Hospitality and Tourism Management


North Miami, Florida – December, 2010  Joan Remington, Interim Dean of Florida International University’s School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, was named winner of the 20th annual Tourism Professional of the Year Award. The award was presented on November 19, 2010 by the Miami Dade Public Schools Academy of Hospitality and Tourism during the South Florida Tourism Professional of the Year and Business & Education Champion Recognition Award Luncheon in Miami, Florida. Awards are presented each year to professionals who provide resources, leadership and advocacy to Academy students, preparing them not just for graduation but for lifelong learning. FIU’s School of Hospitality and Tourism Management is one of the leading programs of its kind in the world offering those studying hotel, foodservice and travel-related industries an unmatched experiential learning environment.

Interim Dean Joan Remington Accepts the 20th Annual Tourism Professional of the Year Award Alongside Benton Launerts, Vice President of Marksman Security Pictured Left and Alvin L. West, Sr VP & CFO, Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau:   Pictured Right
 
“Working with the bright and eager students at Florida International University’s School of Hospitality and Tourism Management is an extremely rewarding experience, and to be recognized as the Tourism Professional of the Year by the Academy of Hospitality and Tourism is an incredible honor,” said Dean Remington. 

Dean Remington brings a wealth of hospitality and tourism business and academic experience to FIU’s School of Hospitality and Tourism Management as Interim Dean. Prior to joining FIU in 1990, she was an executive with the Sheraton Corporation of the Pacific in Honolulu. Her academic career began at Chemeketa Community College, in the field of Hospitality. Simultaneously, she was an industry consultant for U.S. hotels, tour companies and destination resorts, and was elected Commissioner to the East Salem, Oregon Water Board. Dean Remington is a member of the US Travel Association and a published writer, lecturer and consultant.
 
Located in Miami - one of the world’s most recognized tourism-driven economic regions, providing students a unique living laboratory of unmatched experiential learning opportunities - Florida International University’s School of Hospitality and Tourism Management maintains a dynamic curriculum designed to meet the changing needs and demands of the industry. This includes campuses with state-of-the-art facilities, an exceptionally high graduate placement record, and one of the most extensive international reaches of any leading hospitality school with its 1,000-student Tianjin, China campus. 
 
About The Academy of Hospitality and Tourism
The Academy of Hospitality and Tourism is a member of the non-profit National Academy Foundation, (NAF), which supports partnerships between business and public schools to create career academies. During the 2009-2010 school year, 500 NAF academies served more than 53,000 students across 41 states, D.C. and the U.S. Virgin Islands.  Locally Miami-Dade County Public Schools, under the auspices of School Choice & Parental Options, has 44 NAF programs in 24 senior high schools including 13 of whom encompass the career theme of hospitality & tourism
 
About Florida International University's School of Hospitality and Tourism Management
Florida International University's School of Hospitality and Tourism Management is one of the highest rated hospitality and tourism programs in the United States. Each year, over 1,400 undergraduate and graduate students from across the United States and around the world choose FIU for its outstanding reputation, advantageous campus locations, expert faculty, rich curriculum, and fast-track career advantages in the international hotel, foodservice and tourism industries. In August 2006 FIU unveiled the first US School of Hospitality and Tourism in Tianjin, China. The Marriott Tianjin China Program is FIU’s largest international program, with a capacity for up to 2,000 students.  For more information about Florida International University’s School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, visit http://hospitality.fiu.edu/.  

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Burt Cabañas, Chairman & CEO of Benchmark Hospitality, Honored with Two Awards from Florida International University / July 2006

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