Advocacy & Lobbying in the Hospitality Industry

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  May 31, June 7, June 19-22, 2017 | 3 credits


This institute is open to matriculated and visiting GW undergraduate and graduate students. This program will be of particular interest to students in political management and business as well as hospitality.

Program Description

This hands-on course will take advantage of our Washington D.C. location to explore and engage in the process of advocacy and lobbying as it relates to the hospitality industry. Student will understand relevant business-government policies and issues within the context of the tourism industry, the second largest employer in the District of Columbia after the federal government.

We will partner with tourism and hospitality associations and government relations experts to understand and appreciate current legislation as well as learn strategies, techniques and protocol principles to effectively engage supporters and achieve change.

Our specific project will explore and examine issues involved with increased travel restrictions to the United States, and we will share our insights and recommendations with government officials.

Course Information

Undergraduate students: TSTD 4900 | CRN: TBD
Graduate students: TSTD 6290 | CRN: TBD

The intended course goals for students include being able to:

  • Deepen understanding of the roles of business advocacy and lobbying
  • Expand knowledge on the key legislative and regulatory priorities for the hospitality and tourism sector, particularly those involved with international travel restrictions to the United States
  • Enhance advocacy and lobbying skills
  • Develop a toolkit of effective advocacy tactics and techniques
  • Build upon important workplace skills (e.g., communication, teamwork, relationship) through experiential learning activities and client presentations



Meet the Program Director

Stuart Levy is an active faculty member in the GW School of Business.