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In 1978, a group of students from the University of New Hampshire's Whittemore School of Business and Economics, identified a need to recognize hospitality and tourism students for outstanding academic achievement, meritorious service and demonstrated professionalism. At that time, honor societies existed for other disciplines, but not for the field of study serving one of the world's largest industries.
As a special project, the students researched and evaluated a variety of options for fulfilling this need. The end result was the establishment of the first chapter of Eta Sigma Delta International Hospitality Management Society (ESD). In 1997, members of the board of Governors voted to combine AXT and ESD into one Hospitality Management Society. Since 1978, 90+ chapters have been established on various campuses.
Eta Sigma Delta is an international honor society that recognizes exceptional academic achievement among hospitality and tourism students. Eta Sigma Delta is administered by the International Council on Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Education (International CHRIE), the leading international association devoted to hospitality and tourism education.
To be eligible, undergraduate students must meet the following criteria:
If you would like more information about hotel, restaurant, and tourism management at SUNY Plattsburgh, please contact
Mr. Peter Ensel, Interim Chair
Office: Sibley Hall 403C
Phone: (518) 564-4208