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Hospitality Innovation and Technology Lab

Our Purpose 

The purpose of the Hospitality and Tourism Management (HTOR) program is to prepare future business leaders and managers for the hospitality and tourism industry. We offer hospitality expertise and experience with a strong foundation in business administration. The HTOR program at WVU seeks to be known as a technology and innovation leader in the education of hospitality students. To fulfill this purpose and vision, HTOR program offers an experiential learning component built into the curriculum, real-life projects in every course, finding solutions to the industry problems and trends.

The purpose of the Hospitality Innovation and Technology (HIT) lab will be to foster innovation and hospitality technology at WVU.

  • The HIT Lab will be used to develop, test, and evaluate new and emerging information technologies and to conduct research, training, and development for students and the workforce in the hospitality industry.
  • The lab will feature state-of-the-art interactive technological tools and devices, such as Internet of Things (IoTs), Augmented Reality (AR), and Virtual Reality (VR) devices, and users will be able to access several kinds of hospitality software and applications. Additionally, cutting-edge analytical tools and statistical software will be available for students to collect, analyze, and review data in the hospitality industry.
  • The HIT Lab will be designed to evaluate new and emerging technologies, conduct testing of various software applications and devices, and engage in hospitality-focused research projects for both academia and the industry. The customers of the HIT lab are students, faculty, and industry professionals.