Health and Human Performance, College of

Established in 1947, the College of Health and Human Performance’s four primary departments of Applied Physiology and Kinesiology (APK), Health Education and Behavior (HEB), and Tourism, Hospitality and Event Management (THEM), as well as Sport Management (SPM) prepares its students to influence and improve an array of societal problems and challenges.

Contact

200 Florida Gym (FLG)
352.392.0578

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Mailing Addresses

Applied Physiology and Kinesiology
P.O. Box 118205
UF, Gainesville, FL 32611-8205

Health Education and Behavior
P.O. Box 118210
UF, Gainesville, FL 32611-8210

Tourism, Recreation and Sport Management
P.O. Box 118208
UF, Gainesville, FL 32611-8208

Established

1947

Departments

  • Department of Applied Physiology and Kinesiology
  • Department of Health Education and Behavior
  • Department of Sport Management
  • Department of Tourism, Hospitality and Event Management

Academic Advising

Each academic department houses professional academic advisors for undergraduate majors. Academic advisors are available to assist students with major/degree requirements, reviewing critical-tracking, and understanding university and college level policies and requirements. Students are encouraged to meet with their respective academic advisor annually to ensure they are on track for graduation.
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Scholarships

The college awards more than $200,000 in scholarships annually. Scholarship applications are open January-February with funds awarded the following fall semester. Current Health and Human Performance students who are enrolled at UF full time with a minimum UF GPA of 3.0 are eligible to apply. Applicants are evaluated based on their application, personal statement and resume information. The scholarship committee will make recommendations on each merit-based scholarship based on applicant qualifications and donor-stipulated conditions.
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Internships and Career Guidance

All students enrolled in the college must complete an experiential learning component. In most HHP majors, this is represented by a full-semester (6-12 credit) internship completed during the semester of expected graduation. Experiential learning requirements differ by major, so please be sure to review your major's requirements for specific information. 

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Academic Contract

An academic contract is an agreement between the student and advisor that identifies specific actions (grades needed, specific course completion, etc.) which must be completed during an assigned semester or date.

A student may have only one academic contract as a lower-division student and one contract as an upper-division student. A student cannot have an academic contract for consecutive semesters. While on academic contract, no I, N or NG grades are permitted.

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Failure to meet the academic contract can result in, and is not limited to, one or more of the following actions:

  • A college hold preventing future registration
  • Cancelation of HHP course registration, and/or
  • Change to a new major

Admission Requirements

Students classified as first-semester freshmen at the university will be admitted to the college when they declare a major within the college. At that time, their college classification will become HH.

Students maintain the HH classification as long as they meet the standards set by the college and UF for admission and critical-tracking. Students who are not making satisfactory academic progress may be required to seek admission to another college or to make alternative academic plans.

Students who fall below minimum performance standards will have a registration hold placed on their record. They must meet with an advisor to determine a plan of action before the hold will be removed.

Change of Major

To be considered for a change in major, students must meet the following criteria:

Lower-Division Students

  • Minimum UF GPA
  • Minimum critical-tracking GPA as designated by department curriculum
  • No deficit points
  • Completion of the college's change of major form
  • Must have the ability to complete all tracking requirements by the required tracking term

Upper-Division Students

  • Minimum UF GPA
  • Minimum critical-tracking GPA as designated by department curriculum
  • No deficit points
  • Ability to graduate within 138 credits or 8 semesters (not including summer) without exceeding the maximum credits per semester. (excludes AP/IB courses not needed for HHP degree program)
  • Completed 75% of all critical-tracking courses for the desired major
  • Met all writing requirements
  • Completed a minimum of 27 credits of the general education requirement
  • Completion of the college's change of major form

Transfer students will not be permitted to change majors into the college.

In addition to the above, the following applies to current and/or previous HHP majors:

  • Current HHP majors may not change to another HHP major unless they currently meet that major's criteria.
  • Students who were dismissed from a college major cannot change out of HHP and then be re-accepted to the college as a change of major.

Combination Degree (4-1) Program

The combination degree is available with the Bachelor of Science in Health Education, Tourism, Hospitality and Event Management, and Sport Management. The combination degree provides academically talented students the opportunity to complete their bachelor’s and master’s degrees within the same major in a shorter period of time. The combination degree in health education and behavior is open to all majors. The combination degrees in tourism, hospitality and event management and sport management are limited to majors only. Students should review department guidelines for requirements and criteria needed for successful application. Students should apply for the program as a second semester sophomore/first semester junior. Students should discuss this option early with their academic advisor and then contact the appropriate program’s graduate coordinator for more information.

Critical-Tracking Courses

All critical-tracking courses must be taken at the University of Florida.

  • All critical-tracking attempts will be counted toward the critical-tracking GPA.
  • Students may retake a critical-tracking course one time only.
  • All critical-tracking courses must be completed by the time noted in the catalog for each major.
  • Completing tracking courses beyond the specified time is at the advisor's discretion and must be approved by the advisor in advance.
  • Any students completing tracking courses during the first semester of the junior year cannot complete any upper-division HHP courses that semester.

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Drop Policy

During drop/add, courses can be dropped without penalty. After drop/add, courses may be dropped only through the college’s petition process in accordance with university deadlines.

Before completing 60 credits of coursework, students are allowed two unrestricted drops after drop/add. After the completion of 60 credits of UF coursework, students also are allowed two unrestricted drops after drop/add. Students seeking to drop all classes do not have to petition the college; dropping all classes is considered withdrawal and is processed through the Office of the University Registrar in 222 Criser Hall.

If a student is registered for one course only and is seeking to drop that course, this is considered a withdrawal because the student is dropping all courses that semester. Refer to the college withdrawal policy.

Dual Degree or Double Major

The college can permit students to pursue dual degrees in multiple majors.

To request a dual degree the student must:

  • Have between 45 and 96 credits (excluding AP, IB, dual enrollment or overseas study credit),
  • Have a minimum 3.0 UF GPA at the time the application is submitted, if at least one of the majors is in this college,
  • Meet all critical-tracking requirements for the HHP major requested. If one of the majors is outside the college, applicants must get approval from the appropriate college,
  • Meet all other college progression standards for both majors and demonstrate potential for success in both majors (successful completion of major and major-related courses without excessive W's, grades less than C or multiple repeats),
  • Be able to complete both degrees within 138 credits or eight semesters (not including summer) without exceeding the maximum credits per semester. (Excludes AP/IB courses not needed for HHP degree program.) Additional study is permitted only with the associate dean’s approval, and
  • Have demonstrated a well-articulated educational goal for which the double major or dual degree is appropriate and/or necessary.

Request for Additional Semesters

Students who wish additional semesters must complete the general petition request and submit it with the graduation plan to their academic advisor.

The request requires:

  • Minimum 2.0 UF GPA
  • Minimum critical-tracking GPA as designated by department curriculum
  • Minimum upper-division GPA as designated by department curriculum
  • Minimum major GPA as designated by department curriculum

First Aid and CPR

Some HHP majors may require students to have current first aid, adult CPR and AED certification (American Red Cross or American Heart Association) at the time of registering for internship. Please refer to departmental guidelines for internships or contact a departmental internship coordinator for more information.

Fresh Start Program

This program is for former degree-seeking students who wish to return to the university after an absence of no fewer than five calendar years. During this absence the student should have engaged predominately in non-academic activities. Students who wish to apply under the Fresh Start Program should follow the UF guidelines.
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Grade Appeals

Any student in the college who feels their performance in a course has not been evaluated accurately should discuss any concerns with the instructor first. If the disagreement is not resolved, the student should consult the department chair, and if still unresolved, contact the associate dean for academic affairs.

The college is a strong supporter of the university’s equal opportunity program. Any student who believes they have been discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, disability, sexual orientation, age, or national origin should contact the associate dean for academic and student affairs.

Graduation Participation

All requirements for the bachelor’s degree must be completed successfully prior to graduation to participate in graduation ceremonies, including the successful completion of an internship, if required. The college will determine who is eligible to participate in the graduation ceremony. For more information about commencement ceremonies, please visit the office of commencement website.

Health Insurance

All students must secure health insurance or a signed health insurance disclaimer before they begin their internship.

Honors

The university offers three levels of honors at graduation: cum laude, magna cum laude and summa cum laude.
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Please note that:

  • Transfer credits and S/U option credits are excluded.
  • Postbaccalaureate students are not eligible for honors recognition.
  • Honors recognition is printed on the university diploma.

Follow these guidelines when preparing an honors thesis:

  • Submission of an undergraduate thesis to request graduation with magna cum laude or summa cum laude must reflect a high caliber of work.
  • The thesis submission form should be secured to the thesis as the first page. This form must be completed with a typewriter or computer; handwritten forms will not be accepted.
  • When completing the submission form, pay special attention to the Key Words entry, as these words will be used to index the thesis. Think of these words as instrumental in leading a potential reader to the thesis.
  • The thesis should be stapled or secured with a binder clip. Binders and folders are discouraged, as they will be discarded when the thesis is filed on microfiche.
  • Have the abstract reviewed for organization, content, grammar and spelling before submission.
  • The abstract should begin with a definitive statement of the problem or project. The purpose, scope and limit of the thesis should be clearly delineated. Then, as concisely as possible, describe research methods and design, major findings, the significance of your work (if appropriate) and conclusions. The abstract should be 100-200 words.
  • Students whose thesis involves creative work such as original fine art, music, writing, theatre, film or dance should describe process and production, indicating the forms of documentation on file as thesis materials.
  • Type the abstract into the space allotted on the submission form.

Looking for help writing a thesis? The honors program recommends Conquering Your Undergraduate Thesis by Nataly Kogan. This book offers helpful and practical advice from fellow students and recent graduates.

HHP honors thesis submission deadlines: Honors thesis/graduation requirements are completed during the last one or two semesters at UF. The final thesis submission is due to the college's associate dean for academic affairs three days before the last day of classes. Refer to the departmental  for process information found here.

Incomplete Grades

An incomplete grade may be assigned at the discretion of the instructor as an interim grade for a course in which the student has completed a major portion of the course with a passing grade, been unable to complete course requirements before the end of the term (e.g., before the final exam is taken) because of extenuating circumstances and obtained agreement from the instructor and arranged for resolution of the incomplete grade.

I grades are not to be used when the student is doing unsatisfactory work and the instructor wants to provide another chance to improve. Instructors are not required to assign incomplete grades.

The I grade arrangement should stipulate all conditions for completing the course and earning a letter grade, including a specific expiration date for the arrangement and designation of the grade to be assigned for incomplete work. I grade arrangements should be recorded on a standard contract form, kept in a file in the department’s central office and monitored by staff, so that the appropriate grade changes will be made by the end of the following semester. This practice will be particularly useful if the instructor is on leave or has left UF permanently.

If make-up work requires classroom or laboratory attendance in a subsequent term, the student should not register for the course again.

Instead, the student must audit the course and pay course fees. Students who need to audit a course should be referred to the registrar’s office to complete audit registration.

If the make-up work does not require classroom or laboratory attendance, the instructor and student should decide on an appropriate plan and deadline for completing the course.

When the course is completed or the arrangement has expired, the instructor will submit a change of grade to the Office of the University Registrar. An I grade should not be assigned to a student who never attended class; instead, instructors may assign a failing grade or no grade at all, which will result in assignment of N*.

The only time a letter grade should be changed to an I is when the instructor made an error in the grade. For example, there is an I grade arrangement on file for the student, but the instructor forgot and recorded an E instead. The college will approve such grade changes only when clear instructor error has occurred and when the grade is submitted with a copy of the I grade arrangement, which must be dated prior to the final exam period for the course.

These procedures cannot be used to repeat a course for a different grade.

Internships

All students enrolled in the college must complete an experiential learning component. In most HHP majors, this is represented by a full-semester (6-12 credit) internship completed during the semester of expected graduation. Experiential learning requirements differ by major, please be sure to review your major's requirements for specific information. For majors where a full time internship is required this requirement is completed during the semester of expected graduation, after successful completion of all other required coursework (see below). Credits for this requirement are included in the credit total required for graduation. 

Students are eligible to complete the internship semester if they have:

  • Successfully completed ALL courses and are therefore eligible to graduate upon completion of the internship semester. This includes, but is not limited to, majors, minors/certificates, flex learning, general education, study abroad and prerequisites for graduate programs.
  • Secured professional liability insurance
  • UF upper-division cumulative, major and critical-tracking GPA of at least a 2.0, with no I, N or NG grades or flags.
  • All grades posted to UF transcript two weeks before starting internship.
  • Submitted all internship materials by the department deadlines and been approved by the department for internship.

Upon submission of the required application for internship (as determined by the department), an academic advisor will determine whether or not the student is academically eligible to complete the internship during the desired semester. For in-depth information regarding internships, please contact a department internship coordinator.

Students can only register and attempt to complete the practicum (if required by the major) and internship two times. If unable to complete successfully after two attempts, the student may be dismissed from the program.

Liability Insurance

All students must secure professional insurance before they begin their internship.

Maximum Credit Load

UF policy allows a maximum of 18 credits; therefore, to exceed 18 credits, college policy requires students to have

  • 3.0 GPA in all categories (e.g., UF GPA, critical-tracking GPA),
  • One drop available, and
  • Academic advisor approval

Non-Degree Requests

The college follows the university’s Employee Education Program (EEP) policies. Non-degree enrollment is restricted to University of Florida employees during the fall and spring semesters only. For college credit and non-UF employees, enrollment is restricted to summer terms only. Non-degree enrollment is subject to the availability of faculty, space and facilities. No application for admission is required.
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Undergraduate students who have been denied admission to UF for any term are not eligible for non-degree registration. Students who have previously attended UF in a degree-seeking status who did not subsequently earn a bachelor’s degree are not eligible for non-degree registration.

Visiting Students Attending UF: Undergraduate students in good standing at another accredited collegiate institution can enroll full time at UF as non-degree transient students to complete work to transfer back to the parent institution. The university and this college do not allow transient students during the fall and spring semesters.

Petition Request

Students who are petitioning a department or college policy must complete the general petition request and submit it along with all required documentation to an academic advisor.

The college's associate dean makes the final decision for graduation participation, internship eligibility, appeals of department petitions, change of major to the college and universal tracking transient course requests. These policies require petition review by an academic advisor, the department chair and/or department petitions committee or designated faculty member, and the college petitions committee. The associate dean for academic and student affairs or the college’s academic affairs representative will notify the student of the outcome/decision.

Petitionable items at the department level include course substitutions, non-critical-tracking transient course requests, continuation in a major, department internship deadline, residency requirement and readmission to a major.

For all department-level petitions the academic advisor makes a decision or defers decision to the department chair and/or department petitions committee. If the academic advisor approves, no further action is needed by the department and the student is notified by the advisor. If the academic advisor denies or defers the petition, it is reviewed by the department petitions committee. If the department chair and/or department petitions committee reviews and approves the denied or deferred petition, the student will be notified of the decision by the academic advisor.

If the department chair and/or department petitions committee denies the petition, the student can appeal to the college petition committee. Regardless of a recommendation to approve or deny, the petition will be reviewed for final decision by the associate dean for academic and student affairs. The student will be notified of the decision by the associate dean or the college’s authorized representative.

If the petition is denied at the college level the student may contact the UF Ombuds Office and/or submit a senate petition, if appropriate.

Postbaccalaureate Status

The university limits the options for postbaccalaureate studies to

  • Certificate program/state licensure
  • Teacher certification
  • Prerequisites for graduate study
  • Distance learning

The college abides by the university's postbaccalaureate policy and therefore limits students to the above criteria. In addition, any student wishing to apply under item 3, prerequisites for graduate study, will be required to apply to a specific department, not the department that offers the course they wish to complete. For example: A student wishing to apply to the physical therapy graduate program who needs anatomy and physiology as prerequisites should apply to the College of Public Health and Health Professions as a postbaccalaureate student.
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Prerequisite Coursework

The state of Florida has determined that the prerequisite coursework required for a major in the state university system (SUS) will be the same for all SUS schools offering the major. Generally, and in most cases, meeting the prerequisites for admission will be sufficient to meet any course prerequisites. UF students who follow the sequence of courses identified in the critical-tracking plan for their major will satisfy all course prerequisites for that major, provided they achieve the minimum grades required.

Progress toward Degree

The college has identified specific performance standards to help students progress toward a degree.

To meet these standards, students must:

  • Maintain a minimum 2.0 UF GPA
  • Maintain the minimum critical-tracking GPA as designated by department curriculum
  • Maintain the minimum upper-division GPA as designated by department curriculum
  • Maintain the minimum major GPA as designated by department curriculum
  • Complete the degree within 138 credits or 8 semesters (not including summer) without exceeding the maximum credits per semester (excludes AP/IB courses not needed for HHP degree program).

Request for Fifth Year

Students who wish to receive a fifth year must complete the general petition request and submit it to their academic advisor along with a graduation plan.

Students also must:

  • Maintain a minimum 2.0 UF GPA
  • Maintain the minimum critical-tracking GPA as designated by department curriculum
  • Maintain the minimum upper-division GPA as designated by department curriculum
  • Maintain the minimum major GPA as designated by department curriculum

Readmission

To be considered for readmission to the College of Health and Human Performance, students must have a:

  • 2.0 UF GPA
  • 2.0 critical-tracking GPA, and
  • Upper-division GPA as determined by the department/major.

Students who have been dismissed and/or on academic probation (with deficit points) will not be considered for readmission. Readmission is not automatic or guaranteed. In addition to the UF readmission application, applicants must also complete the college’s letter of intent.

Student Responsibility

Each student is responsible for registering for and completing the proper courses and for fulfilling all requirements for a degree. The student’s advisor will help and counsel, but the student must take the initiative and assume responsibility for meeting all requirements.

Course requirements for each major have been determined and approved by department faculty. The student’s program of study is subject to the approval of an advisor in the major.

To make informed decisions and fulfill personal goals, students must take a responsible and active role in their own advising. More specifically, students must:

Knowledge

  • Understand the university’s and college’s academic requirements
  • Understand the requirements for the major and minor
  • Be familiar with general university academic and behavioral policies, and
  • Have a sense of academic and career interests, learning strengths and weaknesses and educational needs.

Behavior

  • Meet as needed with advisor
  • Come to appointments on time
  • Register in a timely fashion
  • Follow through with registration, drop/add and withdrawals in a timely fashion
  • Review audit regularly
  • Check communication regularly, using a UFL email account
  • Respond to communication in a timely fashion, and
  • Be an effective self-advocate.

Dispositions

  • Work cooperatively
  • Be open to new ideas and be willing to explore curricular options
  • Be interested in and dedicated to the major, and
  • Believe in the value of responsibility and accountability.

Study Abroad

The College of Health and Human Performance encourages students in good standing to study abroad. Students are required to meet with an academic advisor regarding degree requirements prior to registering for any study abroad program.

Students wishing to study abroad must:

  • Be in good standing with a minimum 2.5 UF GPA (Students cannot be on academic contract nor under conditional admission.)
  • Have completed non-UF study abroad courses prior to term 7
  • Be in residence at UF for the last 30 credits. This applies to transient (non-UF, credit earning) programs.
  • Not delay or extend the UF timeframe of eight terms, excluding summer, for degree completion
  • Have transcripts posted to UF before being cleared for internship.

S/U Option

Students are not permitted to complete required courses using the S/U option. However, courses that are not required for degree certification can be completed using the S/U option. Students choosing to complete a course with the S/U option are required to follow UF policy and deadlines.
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Transfer or Flexible Learning Credit

Transfer and/or flexible learning course credit may be allowed even if taken after the student has been admitted to the major. These courses must be approved in advance by the academic advisor. Students are discouraged from taking such courses after 60 credits. As per UF policy, no more than six credits of flexible learning credit and/or a maximum of 60 credits of community college academic credit can apply toward a UF degree. In general, these courses are recorded on the transcript and can be used to meet core curriculum requirements if approved in advance by the department. Flexible learning and extension course credit are excluded from honors GPA calculation for the College of Health and Human Performance and will not be used to determine Dean’s List GPA.

Transfer Students

For application information, all transfer students should refer to the admission as a transfer section. Within space and fiscal limitations, applicants from other institutions who have satisfied minimum requirements will be considered for admission at the junior level.
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Florida state college applicants to the College of Health and Human Performance must complete an Associate of Arts degree and meet all university and college-specific requirements. Admission evaluation factors include:

  • academic record,
  • cumulative grade point average,
  • performance in critical-tracking courses,
  • extent to which the applicant exceeds minimum requirements, and
  • achievements and career goals as stated in the letter of intent.

The admission review process is a holistic review of the applicant’s overall record and potential in the chosen academic field. Students who complete preprofessional courses outside the state system (students who attend out-of-state, private and/or international institutions) must submit course descriptions to the department advisor.

In addition to the UF transfer application, applicants must also complete the college's letter of intent. Transfer admission is limited and extremely competitive. Priority will be given to applicants who have completed an A.A. degree from a Florida public college, per the state of Florida articulation agreement.

The college accepts residential transfer students during the fall and spring semesters only. UF Online transfer students can apply during fall, spring and summer semesters. 

Transient Request

Upper-division coursework taken as a transient student is discouraged and approvals will be at the discretion of the department. Students wishing to complete work at another institution must submit the college transient request and be approved by an advisor in advance of taking the course. After being approved at the college level, students may complete the UF transient request at Florida Shines.
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Withdrawal Policy

An HHP student who withdraws from the university a second time, with a registration of more than one course that semester, will be placed on college probation. Probation terms will be determined by the advisor working with the student.

Successful Progress Toward a Degree

The college has identified specific performance standards to help students complete degree requirements. Successfully meeting these standards will enable students to continue in the major and to graduate in a timely manner.

In those cases where the grade point average or grade in a preprofessional requirement is higher for the major or specialization than for the college, the major/specialization requirement takes precedence.

Students who do not meet performance standards will have to meet with an academic advisor to determine an appropriate course of action. Failure to meet the performance standards will result in a registration hold.

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Applied Physiology and Kinesiology

Significant research, education and service are at the core of the Department of Applied Physiology and Kinesiology with a focus on the relationship between mind, body and human movement to improve quality of life in regards to health and disease. This multidisciplinary program incorporates medicine, the life sciences and their application to clinical, healthy and athletic populations. Opportunities after graduation include educational institutions, health agencies and organizations, corporate or private fitness programming centers, and other health-related business and industry opportunities.

Health Education and Behavior

With a foundation in the social and biological sciences, the department of Health Education and Behavior looks at health education on both the individual and community level. Faculty and student research in the department is focused on the growing array of health problems linked to lack of exercise, diet, substance abuse, stress, unintentional injuries, pollution and how many of these conditions can be prevented and controlled.

Sport Management

The sport industry needs highly trained professionals to meet the ever-changing economic and lifestyle growth patterns in tomorrow’s marketplace. With the proliferation of both recreational and spectator sports, the sport management discipline is growing increasingly complex. As a result, successful organizations in the sports industry are constantly searching for leaders with specialized training. The department prepares students for management and leadership positions with professional sports teams, intercollegiate and intramural athletics, and recreation programs at colleges, universities and amateur athletic organizations.

Tourism, Hospitality and Event Management

Tourism, Hospitality and Events is the fastest growing industry in the world. The sustained growth has created a major need for skilled human resources. The Department of Tourism, Hospitality and Event Management prepares students to gain competency in industry knowledge, develop intellectual abilities, and foster adaptive and technical leadership skills. In addition, the focus on the growth of individual and group dynamics through critical thinking and experiential learning is emphasized so that students will create change in an ever-evolving industry. Graduates pursue a wide range of exciting career opportunities including travel and tourism, resorts, hotels and attractions, event management, and many other options.