The book focuses on key aspects of the hospitality management curriculum, research, and practice bringing together leading scholars throughout the world. Each essay examines a theme or functional aspect of hospitality management and offers a critical overview of the principle ideas and issues that have contributed, and continue to contribute, within it.

The Nature and Meanings of ‘Hospitality’

The nature and meanings of ‘hospitality’


In a volume such as this, devoted as it is to describing a field in state-of-the-art terms, it would be advantageous to pronounce that debates about the meaning and nature of hospitality are at an advanced and sophisticated stage. Sadly, the very opposite is true. To say that the study of hospitality has received little scholarly attention is to articulate a truism. Conceptual development is limited and indeed, systematic analysis of the phenomenon of hospitality is almost completely absent. The academic literature that does exist is scattered, in terms of disciplinary origin, through time and in terms of loci of publication.

From the point of view of both the theory and practice of ‘hospitality ...

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