Today i decided to talk to you about the history of hospitality and how everything began. As some of you know, i’m a student of Hospitality Management so tourism is the industry i’m basically into! That’s why i thought it would be a good idea to do write a post about that.
Hospitality and tourism existed from the ancient times even if it sounds odd. The ancient Greeks had created thermal baths, so many people from the Mediterranean countries were traveling to Greece to receive thermal waters treatments. That was the beginning of the health tourism! Of course, there were also many times when people were accommodating travelers for free.
Later on, the Romans had built huge buildings (mansions) to accommodate travelers on government business as Jacques Levy-Bonvin says.
The first hotel in the world
Have you ever wondered what the very first hotel was? It was, and still is, Nisiyama Onsen Keiunkan in Yamanashi, Japan and it opened on 705 A.D. It’s now operating for more than 1.300 years and it has been under 52 generations of the same family! Amazing, isn’t it? In 2011 the hotel was officially announced by the Guinness World Records as the oldest hotel in the world!
The beginning of the hotel industry
The hotel industry began in France during the 15th century. ”The law required that hotels keep a register. English law also introduced rules for inns at that time. At the same time, around 1.500 thermal spas were developed at Carlsbad and Marienbad” says Jacques Levy-Bonvin. It was when the first travel books were introduced (in France) and the industry began to develop in Europe!
Moving on to the enlightenment period, Egypt was very famous for its spa treatments. Many wealthy Europeans were visiting the Nile to receive spa services and that’s how the health tourism continued!
During the 19th century hotels were everywhere! It was also when the resorts started being develop in specific places like the Italian and French rivieras. Moreover, something worth mentioning as Jacques Levy-Bonvin states, the Tremont House in Boston was the first deluxe hotel in a city centre. It offered inside toilets, locks on the doors and an “à la carte” menu. Also, the Holt Hotel in New York City was the first to provide its guests with a lift for their luggage!
One of my favorite hotels in Athens, Grande Bretagne, was built around 1874 while the hotel King George which is right next to Grande Bretagne, was built around the same time. It was firstly used as an annex of the palace but it was also the mansion of the wealthy Vasili Skouloudi. After living there for around 52 years, after his death on 1928, the building was inherited by its family and it then became a hotel.
Many celebrities have stayed in both hotels such as Aristotle Onassis, Maria Callas, Marilyn Monroe, Brigitte Bardot, Frank Sinatra and many more.
In the 1900s the hotel industry was rapidly developed despite the war and the Great Depression that came afterwards. The 1950s were also a great decade for the industry since new resorts flourished and the hotels had even more guests.
Since in this blog i’m talking about the vintage eras, i’ll have to stop in the 50s! But after that decade, the hospitality and tourism industry was developed even more! It is now one of the greatest industries worldwide!
So those were a few things about the hospitality industry and how it was developed to what we have now. I really hope you enjoyed it!
Thank you so much for reading loves! I will see you on my next post!
A Vintage Athenian💋
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