The B.S. Hotel and Restaurant Management and the B.S. Tourism programs were offered through the initiative of Dr. Perla A. Suyo, the Chairperson of the Dept. of Home Economics and Nutrition under the supervision of the College of Education. Thus, the department was renamed the Dept. of H.E., Nutrition, HRM and Tourism.
The department organized the first international educational trip to Bangkok, Thailand with 9 students and 2 faculty escorts.
The Commission of Higher Education came out with CHED Memo No.31, s. 2001 aligning the B.S. Tourism and B.S. HRM programs with the Business and Management Education clusters. The attention of CPU was called by CHED Supervisor, Dr. Fred Maningo to properly align the courses with other Business Management programs offered by the university.
The Council of Hotel and Restaurant and Tourism Students (CHARTS) was organized as the official student organization of the department with Mr. Ismael Almajar as charter president and Mrs. Medalla Baliao and Mrs. Ma. Amihan Panes as advisers.
The first Tourism Week was celebrated by the department with a Trade Fair and a Fashion Show depicting the different career get-ups in the Hospitality industry.
December 9, 2002
The department together with the Regional office of the Department of Tourism, co-hosted the first Western Visayas Congress of Tourism and HRM Students and Teachers at the Rose Memorial Auditorium with the theme, "Gearing Up for the Visit Philippines 2003".
The department produces the first 51 graduates of the B.S. Tourism and 20 graduates of the B.S. HRM programs.
The first Shipboard Orientation Training program through the WG &A Apprenticeship by Experience (APEX) and the Negros Navigation On-Board training program was launched and participated in by 85 Tourism and 39HRM students.
The university appointed Mrs. Maria Amihan T. Panes as the first Program Coordinator for the courses, B.S. Tourism and B.S. HRM to oversee all curricular and co-curricular activities and concerns of the two programs.
CHARTS organized and hosted the first Iloilo HRM Tourism Expo with a regional Travel Mart and HRM Skills Olympics at the Amigo Terrace Hotel with the theme, " Developing World Class Skills for World Class Opportunities".
To comply with CHED Memo No. 31, s.200, the university created the Institute of HRM and Tourism (IHT), a quasi college with curricular autonomy. It is to remain under the College of Education for administrative assistance until it is ready to separate as a college. Asst. Prof. Maria Amihan T. Panes was appointed the first Officer-in-Charge of the institute.
IHT with CHARTS hosted the Regional Travel Mart for the annual TESCU National Convention held at Sarabia Manor Hotel.
The Institute joins the International Practicum Training Program (IPTP) of CHED with a Singapore-based training partner.
IHT joined the Regional Culinary Grand Prix sponsored by Unilever Bestfoods Foodsolutions and emerged as regional winners in the Dream Team and Knorr New Asia categories.
IHT hosted a fashion show, "Weaves of Fashion" featuring Ilonggo fabrics through the creations of Angelette Borja Ragus for the College of Education pre-Centennial celebration.
IHT joined the 7th COHREP Regional HRM Skills Competition at SM City and emerged as winners in the following: first place in Table Setting and HRM Mind Competitions; second place in Cake Decorating Competition; second runner up and Best in Interview in the HRM Ambassadress of Goodwill Pageant.