The hospitality industry is a part of a larger enterprise known as the travel & tourism industry. The travel & tourism industry is a vast group of businesses with one common goal: providing necessary and desired products & services to the travelers.
“Guests” means those who are away from their homes and it therefore, has generated a perception that the hospitality industry should include or overlap with the tourism industry to a certain extent. Without a clear definition about the scope of the hospitality industry, some suggested that it should not only cover all lodging and food service operations but other tourism related operations, such as airlines and theme parks. Besides, there were also some who considered putting hospitality and tourism into one industry.