The hospitality industry is a fast growing sector of the global economy.
Hotels, motels, and bed and breakfasts are not only destinations for tourists or casual diners. The hospitality and supporting industries are commercial powerhouses and often have an impact on the local economy as they go about hiring house staff, reservation managers, wedding planners, conference coordinators and more from the surrounding area.
Success in this field requires a combination of good location, efficient management, and top of the line customer service. A customer given a lumpy bed or who has to wait for room service will not come back and worse - in the new age of social media - will be all too happy to tell the world about it.
Providing other amenities such as valet service, health & fitness facilities, or high-speed Internet service are also important in the highly competitive field.
Similar to real estate, the hospitality industry is all about 'location, location, location.' Opening a motel on a busy vacation route or a hotel near a major tourist attraction is just good business. A secluded motel may be scenic, but attracting customers off the beaten path is difficult without a major advertising and marketing budget.
If you are planning to open a business in the hospitality field, are currently involved, or just looking for employment opportunities have a look at these sites for a guide to the best resources for finding hospitality and restaurant industry-related supplies and equipment, career resources, associations and breaking news...
More about the hospitality industry around the Web:
Hotel Resource - Check out several industry-related directories, lists of suppliers and products, associations, meetings and conventions, as well as breaking news and current job postings.
Interactive - Get breaking news, feature articles, buyers guides, job postings, and attend a virtual trade show. No-nonsense, straightforward content and design.
Hospitality-Industry.com - Join the community forum, or browse a portal to online industry-related information, including directories for food and beverage suppliers, hotel and restaurant equipment, franchises,
design firms, and lots more.
1st - This quick & easy format lets visitors search for industry related news, jobs, schools and related resources, and free e-newsletter.