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June 1999

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.

October 2000

The department organized the first international educational trip to Bangkok, Thailand with 9 students and 2 faculty escorts.

January 2001

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.

November 2001

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.

September 2002

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".

March 2003

The department produces the first 51 graduates of the B.S. Tourism and 20 graduates of the B.S. HRM programs.

May 2003

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.

June 2003

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.

September 2003

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".

June 2004

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.

September 2004

IHT with CHARTS hosted the Regional Travel Mart for the annual TESCU National Convention held at Sarabia Manor Hotel.

October 2004

The Institute joins the International Practicum Training Program (IPTP) of CHED with a Singapore-based training partner.

January 2005

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.

February 2005

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.

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The Institute of HRM and Tourism aims to provide high-quality tourism and hospitality management education training to students who will be future professionals,
entrepreneurs, managers, and technical experts in the industry.


A premier institution of tourism and hospitality management education committed to the development of future managers who will upgrade the tourism and hospitality management.


In offering the Bachelor of Science in Tourism and Bachelor of Science in Hotel and Restaurant Management, CPU is committed to the development of graduates who can work effectively as managers of the tourism and the hospitality industry. The programs seek to achieve the following objectives:

  • to provide students with strong theoretical and practical training founded on Christian beliefs for management and entrepreneurial roles in the hospitality and tourism industry

  • To develop graduates who posses traits and competencies expected of future managers, entrepreneurs, and leaders in the industry so as to assist in the development, growth, and professionalization of the hospitality and tourism industry

  • To develop graduates who have high moral and ethical values and who can act in a manner consistent with the high moral and ethical standards of profession

  • To inculcate knowledge and skills in students to help them become productive and responsible members of society

  • To provide experiences that will develop students' critical thinking, creativity and sound values desired in the practice of the profession

  • To develop entrepreneural skills among students so they will be able to help accelerate the economic development of the country.

  • To promote knowledge and skills in developing network opportunities in hospitality and tourism linkages throughout the world

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