The Lester E. Kabacoff School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Administration
The Lester E. Kabacoff School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Administration (HRT) was created in1975 upon the request of members of the nascent hospitality and tourism industry in and around the Greater New Orleans region. In 2012, visitors to the region spent around $6.12 billion and accounted for almost 60,000 jobs. In addition, the State of Louisiana attracted over 23 million visitors accounting for over 17 million hotel room nights sold and $8.3 billion in spending in Louisiana businesses. The size of this burgeoning industry opens graduates of the School of HRT to a wide variety of positions and career choices that includes hotels, restaurants, country clubs, conventions centers, managed services, cruises lines, casinos, and resorts.
The Kabacoff School is named after Lester E. Kabacoff, a pioneer in the hospitality and tourism industry in New Orleans. The School has graduated students at the undergraduate level in Hospitality Management for over 30 years and has a strong, industry experienced, and internationally diverse faculty. A very successful Master of Science degree has been offered since 2004 to promote the career development of students who are interested in the field. This program is viewed very favorably by industry stakeholders with whom the School has close relationships. The close ties to the industry has provided support for the School; from the creation of our undergraduate program in the 1970s to the current development of the Executive Online Master of Science Degree (more information). The Kabacoff School is part of UNO’s College of Business Administration which is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB-International).