Lynn Hospitality Dean joins expert panel to discuss “The Economic Impact of the Hospitality Industry in Palm Beach County”
Published Nov. 17, 2009
Dean of Lynn’s College of Hospitality Management, Mike Hampton, recently joined other hospitality experts including Peter Ricci, director of hospitality management at Florida Atlantic University, and David Semadeni, president of Amcal Management Corporation, to discuss “The Economic Impact of the Hospitality Industry” at a Leadership Business Council (LBC) breakfast meeting.
“With tourism being the number one industry in Florida, the trickle-down effect of an economic slow down is something that has been significantly affecting hospitality-related businesses in the state and particularly in Palm Beach County,” said Hampton at last week’s meeting. “Reduced quantities of tourists mean lower hotel occupancies, less patrons dining in restaurants, smaller numbers of guests visiting attractions, fewer golfers on both public and private courses, and not as many fans attending sporting and cultural events.”
Source: Hampton is a 25-year veteran of the hospitality industry and founder of HSA International, a global training and education management organization specializing in the hospitality industry. His industry experience includes property-level positions in front office, housekeeping, food and beverage, sales and marketing, and general management. At the corporate level, Hampton has held a variety of positions including corporate director of sales, vice president of marketing and development, and executive vice president. For two consecutive years, 1996 and 1997, Hampton received FIU’s Outstanding Professor Award and Excellence in Teaching Award.