Eta Sigma Delta: The International Hospitality Management Honor Society

Eta Sigma Delta: The International Hospitality Management Honor Society

Melissa W.

It’s a fact that 2020 has been the year of staycations and everyone is itching for traveling to be safe again. When covid-19 is behind us, members of Eta Sigma Delta will be ready to help you plan your next vacation!

Founded at the University of New Hampshire (UNH) in 1978, Eta Sigma Delta is the international honor society for hospitality management. The founders, students of the college’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.”

In order to qualify for membership, students must attend an International CHRIE (Council on Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Management)-recognized university, be a declared a hospitality management major, and have completed a minimum of one year’s worth of hospitality coursework. Students must have a minimum of a 3.0 GPA and be ranked in the top 20% of his/her class.

According to its website, the benefits of becoming a member of Eta Sigma Delta include “an opportunity for outstanding students to distinguish themselves in the eyes of educators, recruiters, and industry executives in an increasingly competitive industry. In addition, ESD provides a networking system through their chapters that allows for interaction and the exchange of information among students.”

Eta Sigma Delta has grown to over 90 active chapters internationally. You’ll recognize these travel management students by their blue and white honor cords.

royal blue and white honor cord from senior class graduation products

Are you a member of Eta Sigma Delta? Where is the first place you plan to travel to once it’s deemed safe again? Let us know in the comments!


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