Hospitality – An Essential Part of American Society
Hospitality is essentially the interpersonal relationship between a host and a visitor, in which the host bestows the hospitality of hospitality to a visitor, with an expression of courtesy, and sharing of hospitality, including the provision of entertainment and the reception of guests, strangers, or arrivals. Hospitality as a practice can be described by a number of generalizations. Hospitality can be exhibited by a welcoming attitude and an expressive welcome, by extending greetings and pleasantries, by providing refreshments or food, by taking the time to talk with the visitor, and by appreciating the visitors. It can also take the form of providing personal service such as tending to needs or medical problems, offering assistance or companionship, and resolving conflicts or misunderstandings.
Hospitality practices are not only a part of the wider field of hospitality, but they have developed over the years into an intricate part of many businesses, especially in the hospitality industry. Hospitality practices can include anything from providing guests with comfortable accommodations to opening doors for them, to helping with other services or tasks that guests may request. Hospitality businesses include cleaning services, transportation services, restaurant services, and transportation and warehousing services. Most hospitality businesses also include travel and accommodation services, such as transportation to a destination, and related services such as concierge, hotel reservations, and assistance with booking tickets and making travel arrangements. Some hospitality businesses even offer direct delivery and assistance with activities of interest to guests.
The hospitality industry has become a very lucrative industry, and is one of the fastest growing industries in the United States. Hotels, restaurants, and amusement parks are among its many clients. A number of major corporations in the hospitality industry offer franchises, and many major theme parks and other amusement parks hire local employees who are trained in hospitality trade schools. The hospitality industry has provided an important foundation for many businesses in the US, and is an integral element in American society.