Improving knowledge transfer between academic institutions and the hospitality and tourism industry can certainly be a challenge. Luckily, Howard Feiertag, longtime HTM instructor and industry icon, has a great understanding of this challenge and is eager to bridge the gap. Feiertag’s passion to find ways for Hospitality and Tourism professionals to access academic research has led him to create the Feiertag Academy-to-Industry Library Collection.

The Feiertag Hospitality Academic-to-Industry Research Collection is currently being developed through the Virginia Tech Library (VTechworks) and is quickly becoming a comprehensive solution for easy access to current research in HTM. Feiertag has found a way to get the information out in a manner that both Academia and Industry will appreciate. The collection includes information ranging from both academic and trade publications to audio files and blog posts. Research of all types has been converted into a quick, easy-to-read format creating a common source that includes his own vast collection of writings. Providing translated research recommendations and best practice models into a language useful to the hospitality practitioner allows academics and industry professionals to communicate. The collection will continue to grow; Feiertag hopes to add videos, curricula, and more all in a variety of accessible formats.

For more information, check out news about the recent Gala honoring Howard Feiertag that was held last fall, the HTM national and international rankings, and the HTM website.

“For the past 30 years, he has touched the lives of hundreds of Virginia Tech students and alumni who were taught and mentored by him and who have left the university to practice their craft. He has represented the university’s motto, Ut Prosim, famously and has served as an ambassador for the entire Hokie Nation.” – Matt Winston, senior associate vice president for alumni relations.

Howard Feiertag at a Hilton event