The International Center for Hospitality, Sport and Tourism (ICHST) was created in response to the continued growth of the hospitality, sport, and tourism industries. ICHST provides a focal point for coordinating research, providing educational and training programs, and functions as a think tank and informational resource for hospitality, sport, and tourism related issues at Troy University, within the State of Alabama, and at the national and international levels.
ICHST’s vision is to become the epicenter of excellence for innovative research and service to the hospitality, sport, and tourism industries, and to utilize the power of these industries for sustainable community development.
The mission of ICHST is to cultivate relationships with stakeholders in the hospitality, sport, and tourism industries in order to create an integrated research and learning environment for analyzing and resolving the challenges within these industries and promoting sustainable community development practices. The Center pursues this mission by: conducting innovative research that is pertinent and applicable to these industries at the local, national, and international levels; providing educational and training opportunities; and serving as a facilitator for member engagement.
ICHST’s affiliated faculty have extensive knowledge and practical experience in the hospitality, sport, and tourism industries. Faculty members affiliated with ICHST are well-known for their expertise in a variety of research areas which include: economic impact, economic valuation, marketing, organizational behavior, human resource management, service quality, risk management, event planning and management, facility management, tourism development and planning, and many others.