Relationship Between Tourism & Hospitality

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  • 1:39 The Relationship
  • 2:36 Importance of the Connection
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Instructor: Brianna Whiting

Brianna has a masters of education in educational leadership, a DBA business management, and a BS in animal science.

Traveling to different destinations is a fun activity that millions of people do each year. Whether it is on a family vacation or a weekend away with friends, often times our travels requires services such as hotels and places to eat. Come along as we discover how tourism and hospitality are related.

Hospitality and Tourism

Meet Bella! Bella loves to travel. She has been to many different countries and has had many different experiences that she loves to talk about. One day while out to lunch with a close friend, she began to tell her friend about her latest trip to Paris. She talked about the food, the hotels, and all of the wonderful sightseeing she did. Not long into the conversation, it dawned on her that all of her touristic travels are closely tied to the hospitality industry. You see, every time Bella travels, she partakes in some sort of hospitality service. In this lesson, we'll look more closely at how these two areas are connected.

Comparing Tourism & Hospitality

Before we look at the connection between hospitality and tourism, let's review exactly what the hospitality industry is. Well, the hospitality industry is an industry that offers services to us that go beyond our basic needs and generally require extra income to purchase. These services include things like accommodations, restaurants, transportation, and leisure activities. So, every time Bella stays in a hotel, grabs dinner at a nice restaurant, hires a tour guide, or flies on an airplane, she is supporting the hospitality industry.

Now, let's take a look at what tourism consists of. When Bella travels somewhere for pleasure, she is taking part in tourism. Tourism is the act of visiting places for enjoyment purposes. Tourism happens when tourists, like Bella, travel to different places with the intention of participating in leisure activities.

The Relationship

As mentioned, the hospitality industry consists of hotels, restaurants, transportation, and leisure activities. Like Bella, many times when we purchase these services, we do so while we are traveling. Thus, every time Bella travels to a new country for pleasure and stays at a hotel, she is purchasing a service in the hospitality industry. Every time Bella flies to her destination, she is purchasing a service from the hospitality industry. And every time she grabs a bite to eat at a local restaurant, or hires a tour guide to show her all of the local sites, she again is purchasing a service in the hospitality industry. Therefore, when Bella travels and becomes a tourist, she looks to the hospitality industry to fulfill a place to stay, eat, travel, and participate in fun activities. In basic terms, the hospitality industry provides the services needed for tourism.

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