FOOD & BEVERAGE SERVICE

Definition and Origin of the Hotel Industry is defined as “A place where a bonifide traveller can receive food and shelter, provided he is in a position to pay for it and is in a physically and mentally fit conditioned to be receive.” Hotel must provide food and beverage, lodging to travellers on payment and has, in turn, the right to refuse if the traveller is drunk, disorderly, unkept, or notin a position to pay for the services offered. Origin: The Hotel Industry is perhaps one of the oldest commercial enterprise in the world. The first inns go back to the sixth century B.C and were the outcome of the urge to travel, spurred by the invention of the “Wheel”. The earliest inns were ventures by husband and wife teams who provided large halls for travelers to make their own beds and sleep on the floor. They also provided modest wholesome food, thirst quenchers like wine, port, ale, etc. and stabling facilities. Entertainment and recreation were provided by the host’s wife or his wench. The entire cooking service was provided by the husband and wife team and his family. These conditions prevailed for several hundred years. The advent of the industrial revolution in England brought ideas and progress in the business of inn keeping. The development of railways and steamships made travelling more prominent.The industrial Revolution also changed travel from social or government travel to business travel. There was a need for quick and clean service. The lead in hotel keeping was taken then emerging nations of Europe. It was in Europe that the birth of an organized hotel industry took place in the shape of chalets and small hotels which provided a variety of services and were mainly patronized by the aristocracy of the day.

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