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Educating Our Tourism Leaders

Orlando’s talent pipeline is stronger than ever

George_AguelWhile the talent pipeline fueling the continued success of Orlando’s tourism industry draws upon numerous sources, one of the region’s most significant contributors is UCF’s Rosen College of Hospitality Management.

Thanks to the vision and leadership shown by retiring Dean Dr. Abe Pizam and his staff, thousands of Rosen graduates are shaping the future of tourism in Central Florida and beyond.

Over three-plus decades, hospitality education at UCF has grown from a single business course into a world-renowned college and pinnacle for the university. Today, 3,500 students are enrolled, and the college ranks No. 2 globally as a hospitality and hotel management school, according to CEOWORLD Magazine.

As a longtime supporter of Rosen College, Visit Orlando is proud to help foster a bright, highly skilled pipeline of young professionals to meet the ever-evolving needs of our industry.

On behalf of our organization and our 1,200 member companies, thank you, Dr. Pizam and UCF, for educating generations of talented men and women to become vital parts of our region’s primary economic engine. We look forward to working with Rosen College’s new dean, Dr. Youcheng Wang, to carry on this tradition.


George Aguel

President & CEO of Visit Orlando

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