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Bloomquist to be inducted into New Mexico Tourism Hall of Fame

New Mexico State University’s Priscilla Bloomquist will be inducted into the New Mexico Tourism Hall of Fame Tuesday, May 8, by the New Mexico Hospitality Association.


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New Mexico State University's Priscilla Bloomquist will be inducted into the New Mexico Tourism Hall of Fame Tuesday, May 8, at the Governor’s Conference on Hospitality and Tourism. She came to NMSU in 1988 to help start the School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management. (Photo courtesy of Priscilla Bloomquist)

Bloomquist currently serves as the interim department head for the Family and Consumer Sciences and Extension Family and Consumer Sciences Departments at NMSU and is a professor in the School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management. She played a crucial part in the success of the School of HRTM from the very start. Bloomquist came to NMSU in 1988 to help start the program, which now offers the state’s only bachelor’s degree in the field of hospitality and tourism.

“This award illustrates the important role NMSU plays in developing programs to meet the needs of the state,” said Bloomquist. “It is an incredible honor to be selected for this recognition and to join the many past recipients who I have long admired and respected.”

During nearly her 30 years at NMSU, Bloomquist has assisted in securing more than $1 million in funding for grants and contracts as well as a $150,000 donation from the J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation to equip the 100 West Cafe's kitchen. She has served as project director or co-project director on three United States Department of Agriculture education grants, and as founding member of the Walt Disney World College Program Advisory Board. She is the recipient of numerous teaching awards.

Other NMSU faculty who have been inducted into the Tourism Hall of Fame include former School of HRTM Director J. Michael Cerletti in 1998, former School of HRTM Director Janet Green in 2004 and NMSU legend Barbara Hubbard in 2016.

Bloomquist will be inducted at the 2018 Governor’s Conference on Hospitality and Tourism in Mescalero, New Mexico. The conference runs May 6-8, and features keynote speakers and breakout sessions to help travel and tourism businesses run more efficiently and effectively.

For more information on the conference, please visit https://newmexicohospitality.org.