The unit is home to three research centers that meet several objectives:
- The centers are designed to allow cooperative research across many individual projects leading to strong contributions to the industry.
- The centers provide recognition for Purdue as the source of research leadership for the hospitality and tourism industries.
- The centers allow graduate students to contribute to a major area of problems, and to be more fully recognized for this effort.
This program is designed to conduct research in the areas of facility design, both production and customer service; the development and improvement of foodservice production equipment; and the development of new or improved food products. While technical in nature, the research is designed to support the search for solutions to current management problems.
This research center provides information relating to lodging operations in all venues, including hotels, timeshares, resorts, casinos, cruise ships, assisted living properties, and bed and breakfast operations. Topic areas include human resources management, service quality management, training technologies, the operations of multiuse resort communities, lodging product design, and finance.
The Purdue Tourism & Hospitality Research Center (PT&HRC) provides quality research services to communities, non-profits, and private sector organizations. Primary research services include visitor profiles studies, value-added data analysis, economic impact assessments, analyses of advertising effectiveness, tourism planning and development studies, and advisory services on destination marketing.