International Hospitality Council of Austin Records
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The International Hospitality Council of Austin (IHCA) was founded in 1960 to match international students at The University of Texas with Austin families for fun and fellowship. The hospitality concept originated with Joe Neal, long-time director of UT’s International Office, who sensed the feelings of isolation and loneliness of students thousands of miles from home. With the support of the Austin Rotary Club, Pan American Round Table and the Junior League, IHCA was organized. The scope of the program has expanded over the years as Austin has become more international, not only because of business generated by the presence of multinational companies but also because of specific community efforts. The Sister Cities Program, established in 1965, has resulted in regular exchanges with cities in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, the Far East and Australia. A series of international marketing campaigns has brought foreign tourists and business groups to the city. Still other foreign individuals and groups have come as a result of local college and university programs on global issues. The IHCA in a non-profit organization and is affiliated with The National Council for International Visitors (NCIV) as a Community Member Organization.
SOURCE: International Hospitality Council of Austin website: http://ihcaustin.com/about/
ACCESSED: 2011 June 30
The International Hospitality Council of Austin (IHCA) collection includes lists of Board Members of the IHCA, correspondence, event programs and flyers and photocopies of photographs of IHCA sponsored events. Of interest are planning materials and programs relating to the annual International Consular Ball. Items in the collection date from 1962 to 2011 with most of the material dating from 2000 to 2010.
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International Hospitality Council of Austin Records (AR.2011.014). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.
Donor #: DO/2011/025
Donation Date: 2011
Finding aid created and encoded by Molly Hults/2011.
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