Happy National Hospitality Workers Appreciation Day! Commemorated every year on February 23, this appreciation day was developed to honor the millions of workers who ensure you have a wonderful time when you travel or visit bars and restaurants.
The word hospitality derives from the French term ‘hospitalité’, meaning “care for travellers.” Travelers were frequently welcomed to stay in villagers’ houses while they were on the road. They slept on the floor before monks decided to build adequate sleeping quarters. And thus, accommodation services were developed.
Inns started operating in the late 1700s, offering lodging and food to travelers and caring for horses and carriages. The hospitality sector began to take shape at this time. Soon, luxuries and modern conveniences were included, and, as a result, hotels with opulent rooms and dining spaces were created.
The year 1829 was crucial for the development of American hospitality. This year, the Tremont Hotel, the first five-star hotel to be erected in Boston, Massachusetts, was constructed by American architect Isaiah Rogers.
Today, the United States Department of Labor defines the hospitality industry broadly. It includes the entire hotel sector (hotels, motels, hostels, inns, tourist cabins, etc.), the food service sector (eating and drinking establishments), theme parks, travel and tourism (including passenger transportation), and event planning.
The prosperity of today’s pubs, restaurants, hotels, and inns primarily depends on hospitality workers. The level of service offered by hospitality staff determines the quality and standard of the company and can make or break the experience. It is sad that despite being the backbone of the hospitality sector, hospitality workers are usually overworked and underpaid.
Because the hotel sector is so demanding, stress and burnout are common among personnel. Hospitality employees deal directly with clients, attending to their requirements, coordinating behind the scenes, and upholding efficiency and quality standards. Their assiduity and optimistic outlook make the experience pleasurable.
Since the pandemic, working in the hospitality sector has been even more challenging. Due to poor pay, long hours, erratic and rigid schedules, the inability to work remotely, the lack of many prospects for advancement, and the seasonal nature of many hospitality positions, which causes waves of layoffs at the end of the season, it has one of the highest turnover rates. As of November 2021, records show that the United States lowest-paid sector was hospitality.
National Hospitality Workers Appreciation Day was launched by the food-focused online marketplace Food Service Direct to show appreciation to food service workers and other hospitality employees.
Nearly half of the almost 15 million Americans who work in the hospitality sector believe that a lack of recognition hinders their ability to advance in their careers and enjoy their work.
So, how can we observe National Hospitality Workers Appreciation Day? Obviously, by being appreciative and grateful to the hospitality workers you encounter today. Make sure to express your gratitude for their exceptional service and leave a sizable tip because hospitality workers rely heavily on gratuities to supplement their pay.
Several holidays honor those working in the hospitality sector in addition to National Hospitality Workers Appreciation Day.
National Hotel Employee Day, observed annually on September 1, is a professional holiday for almost two million hotel employees in the United States.
In addition, National Hospitality Workers Appreciation Day is observed the day after Supermarket Employees Day; both holidays celebrate essential workers who are often overworked, underpaid, and underappreciated.
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