GCU purchases hotel for hospitality management program

In a world increasingly filled with virtual learning, one valley university is instead giving its students a big taste of reality.

Grand Canyon University will soon have a very different kind of classroom for its hospitality management students -- a university-owned hotel.

This will be a hotel totally operated by GCU students.  They will do everything; from maid service to manning the front desk -- learning about running a hotel by actually doing it.

The hotel is located at Interstate 17 and Camelback Road, about four miles from the school and it's undergone some big renovations.

GCU purchased what used to be the Quality Inn and Suites and is transforming it into the GCU Hotel and Resort.  It will be fully operated by the school's hospitality management students this fall.

Overseeing them will be Brett Cortright, who has worked for Ritz Carlton and Four Seasons hotels.

"I had to leave the state to get some of the experience that I got," he said.  "The hospitality industry is huge in Arizona.. Phoenix is booming."

The property is being completely remodeled and will include a pool, restaurant, banquet rooms and a conference center. 

Former Phoenix Suns and Arizona Diamondbacks owner Jerry Colangelo, whose name is now on GCU's business school, was instrumental in its creation.
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