Hospitality Built In

During my trip around Southeast-Asia, I was able to visit the country of Philippines, a small country composed of three major islands, and an archipelago of smaller islands. During my short visit, I was able to stay in a small inn in an older part of the country that showed its historic Spanish roots. It was off season and at that time decidedly out of fashion, not to mention the old establishment has already fallen into shabbiness and eventual demolition. But even with the few guests they had, the staff made sure that all of our needs and requests were met, though not in a way you might expect the staff of an inn would come upon it.

It has been some years since my visit, but I have come to know that the culture of the Philippine people includes an extremely hospitable nature. While the inn staff was no professionals trained to the level of butlers I have grown accustomed to during my European tour, they treated me with the warmth that of a family.

One interesting moment was when I had an unwelcome visitor in my room, a cockroach, while it would be something that would destroy and establishment here back home; it was to be expected at such an old place in the tropics. If that happened here back home, I would have already called in the guys from Pest Control Company Biloxi to get the whole building treated. What I got there was the woman from the front desk carrying a broom and their lobby boy with a can of bug spray. Surprisingly enough it was quite an enjoyable turn of events, as we were like friends chasing a single bug around, with me pointing, one spraying, and another swatting around a broom. We never did get that bug, but they offered me another freshly made room as an apology.

My stay was short, but though the services of that particular inn were lacking, they showed something that I found rare in most establishments I have visited. It became apparent to me that the people of that country truly had heart when it came to serving others, and though they might have been lacking in training, they truly had hospitality built in.

Why Explore the Hospitality Industry

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When looking for a career or new skill to learn, you should always look at the benefits of it not only in the basis on money but personal development and gain. The hospitality industry gives you the opportunity to learn and experience many things, and not only limited to the skills directly taught in the industry. If you allow yourself to explore more about the industry, you will find opportunities and perks you would have not thought that would be available to you in such an industry. Prepare yourself for a world that would behind the scenes of the most wonderful events in the world, into the world of the Hospitality industry.

You might exaggerate when I say that there are wonders to be experienced in the industry, but the thing is you have to look at it in a different point of view. Whenever you see those grand weddings, royal ceremonies, lavish parties, and beautiful dining halls on TV, most fail to see that those were only possible thanks to the preparation of those in the industry, every grand party halls were just empty rooms at the start. It is the skills of those at the service of the organizers that allow those empty dark rooms to transform.

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You might think that we just work the whole time and not enjoy the party, but though it is true that we work throughout the duration of the party, we actually get to enjoy the events ourselves. Yes, we may not be the guests who eat and do what they please, but we get to be there and be at front row seats to such grand and beautiful parties. Also, don’t you think that since we serve the food we get to enjoy a bit of it too, of course in a way that we do our jobs, such as making everything is up to standard. We also get to meet people who are famous, and depending on how nice they are they treat us well and even speak with us as equals, making connections that would have not been possible if I were not in the industry.

The skills that you learn are valuable, not only for your career but your personal life as well. If learned by heart, you will carry the discipline and skill of a true host, and you will keep a tidy home and give wonderful meals.  And I really don’t have to tell you how much it does for your love-life,  if you know how to take care of a person they will care for you as well. I recall a quote from a movie I love “What’s wrong with taking care of a woman? She takes care of you.”

If you are thinking that you already need to be skilled when entering the hospitality industry, you are mistaken. While the industry likes skilled individuals, they are open to teaching people from the bottom up, as long as they are willing to learn and motivated. With thousands of hotels, casinos, country clubs, and special events, the industry is open to new recruits, so why not give it a shot.